Meeks is the representative for New York’s 5th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Meeks is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 6th congressional district as a Democrat from 1997 to 2012.
Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2015 Meeks was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.
|May. 8, 2015||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation|
|Jul. 31, 2015||House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities|
In 2011 Meeks was investigated for failing to disclose a gift in 2007 and receiving a loan on terms not available to the general public in 2010. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the loan allegation, but found the representative unknowingly failed to properly disclose the gifts.
|Aug. 18, 2011||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations|
|Dec. 20, 2012||House Committee on Ethics dismissed the loan allegation, but found the representative unknowingly failed to properly disclose the gifts|
Meeks is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Meeks has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 19, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Meeks was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 6125 (115th): To rename a waterway in the State of New York as the “Joseph Sanford Jr. Channel”.
- H.R. 1257 (115th): Securities and Exchange Commission Overpayment Credit Act
- H.R. 3957 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 218-10 Merrick Boulevard in Springfield Gardens, New York, as the “Cynthia Jenkins Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 3001 (112th): Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Act
- H.R. 4632 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 19504 Linden Boulevard in St. Albans, New York, as the “Archie Spigner Post Office Building”.
Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Meeks sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Meeks’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 15: Providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed foreign military sale to the Kingdom ...
- H.J.Res. 16: Providing for congressional disapproval of the proposed transfer to the Kingdom of Saudi ...
- H.R. 8566: To require the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the ...
- H.R. 8259: To prohibit Russian participation in the G7, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 8176: American Dream Down Payment Act of 2020
- H.R. 7709: Jobs and Neighborhood Investment Act
- H.R. 7262: Community Development in Opportunity Zones Act of 2020
From Feb 1998 to Jan 2021, Meeks missed 1,239 of 15,024 roll call votes, which is 8.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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