Grace Meng

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Grace Meng
Grace Meng Official Congressional Photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Gregory Meeks
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 22nd district
In office
2009–2013
Preceded by Ellen Young
Succeeded by Michaelle Solages
Personal details
Born (1975-10-01) October 1, 1975 (age 39)[1]
Queens, New York[2]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Wayne Kye[2]
Children Tyler, Brandon[2]
Residence Flushing, New York[2]
Alma mater University of Michigan
Cardozo School of Law
Profession lawyer, politician
Website Representative Grace Meng

Grace Meng (born October 1, 1975[1]) is an American lawyer and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing New York's 6th congressional district in the New York City borough of Queens, which includes neighborhoods like Bayside, Flushing, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Kew Gardens and Maspeth. Previously, she served as a member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 22nd assembly district in Flushing, Queens, New York.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Queens, Meng is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School. She received a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.[2]

New York Assembly[edit]

Elections[edit]

Grace Meng's father Jimmy Meng was elected in 2004 to New York's 22nd assembly district, becoming the first Asian American to be elected to the legislature in New York State history.[3] Jimmy served only one term, having decided to not run for re-election in 2006 following a scandal regarding election irregularities in his first campaign. He subsequently pleaded guilty to bribery charges. He only served one month in jail for his crime. Grace Meng decided to run to succeed her father, but was taken off the ballot when Democrat Ellen Young, challenged her residency status.[4] Subsequently her district residency issues were resolved.[5] Ellen Young succeeded Jimmy Meng in 2006.

In 2008, Grace decided to challenge Young again. On September 9, 2008, Grace defeated the incumbent in the Democratic primary 59%-41%.[6][7] She went on to win the 2008 November election, defeating Young again, this time as an Independence Party nominee, 88%-12%.[8] In 2010, she won re-election to a second term unopposed.[9][10][11]

In 2008, she was named on of City & State's "New York City Rising Stars: 40 Under 40" for being a young influential member in New York City politics.

Tenure[edit]

She was the author of the Reverse Mortgage Act of 2009, that prohibited proceeds received from reverse mortgages from being considered as income, so senior citizens can get their partial property tax exemption. Seven other of her pieces of legislation were signed into law.[12]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Aging
  • Banks
  • Labor
  • Libraries and Education Technology
  • Real Property Taxation
  • Small Business[13]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2012 election[edit]

In June 2012, Meng faced fellow Assembly member Rory Lancman and New York City Council member Elizabeth Crowley in a primary election for New York's 6th congressional district and won. She received the endorsement of the Queens County Democratic party.[14] On November 6, 2012, Meng won the race for New York Congressional District 6 against Republican member of the New York City Council Dan Halloran, making her the first Asian American elected to Congress from New York.[15]

Tenure[edit]

She was inaugurated on January 3, 2013. Meng has co-formed the Bipartisan Freshman Caucus saying “The American people are just sick and tired of blaming each other without getting anything done.”[16]

Her district includes the Queens neighborhoods of Auburndale, Bayside, Briarwood, Elmhurst, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Maspeth, Middle Village and Rego Park.

On February 10, 2014, Meng introduced the bill To amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include the desecration of cemeteries among the many forms of violations of the right to religious freedom (H.R. 4028; 113th Congress) into the House.[17] The bill would amend the findings of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 by including the desecration of cemeteries among the various violations of the right to religious freedom.[17][18] Meng said that "this legislation would be a new and important tool in our fight against the desecration of cemeteries" because it would "combat religiously-motivated vandalism of cemeteries and also prevent developers from building over cemeteries, a new and emerging threat in places where there are no Jewish communities left to protect burial grounds."[19]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Meng resides in Queens with her husband Wayne and their two sons, Tyler and Brandon.[2]

Grace Meng's father is Jimmy Meng, who in 2004, became the first Asian American ever elected to the New York State legislature.[20] He only served one term because of controversies. On March 12, 2013, Jimmy Meng left Brooklyn Federal Court after he was sentenced to a month in jail and a $30,000 fine for his role in the bribery scheme.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State Assembly: Grace Meng (D), District 22". Capitol Info. Archived from the original on March 18, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Grace Meng: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "First Asian American in the NY State Assembly", ChinaDaily, 05-11-2004. Retrieved on 16-02-2007
  4. ^ Stirling, Stephen (2008-07-25). "Young, Meng won’t fight over primary signatures • TimesLedger". Timesledger.com. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  5. ^ "New York, 6th House District: Grace Meng (D)". NationalJournal.com. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  6. ^ Noah C. Zuss, "Meng Beats Young in Primary for Flushing Seat." "Southeast Queens Press," Sept. 12-18, 2008, p. 11
  7. ^ "Ourcampaigns.com". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  8. ^ "Ourcampaigns.com". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  9. ^ "Election Results 2008: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2008. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ourcampaigns.com". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "Grace Meng". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  14. ^ "Queens Democratic Leaders Back Meng For Congress". NY1. March 19, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Grace Meng, Michael Grimm Win Seats In Congress". Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  16. ^ Schneier, David (2013-02-28). "Meng talks nation’s business at 112th - Queens Chronicle: Central/Mid Queens News". Qchron.com. Retrieved 2014-08-13. 
  17. ^ a b "H.R. 4028 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  18. ^ Marcos, Cristina (23 May 2014). "Next week: Appropriations, VA reform, intelligence authorization". The Hill. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "House Passes Meng Legislation to Make Desecration of Cemeteries a Violation of Religious Freedom". Jewish Political News and Updates. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "First Asian American in the NY State Assembly", ChinaDaily, 05-11-2004. Retrieved on 16-02-2007
  21. ^ Daily News (New York) http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/jimmy-meng-receives-month-sentence-attempting-fix-criminal-case-article-1.1286335 |url= missing title (help). 

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Ellen Young
New York State Assembly, 22nd District
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Michaelle Solages
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gregory Meeks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th congressional district

2013-Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mark Meadows
R-North Carolina
United States Representatives by seniority
400th
Succeeded by
Luke Messer
R-Indiana