Meeks, a Democrat, is the representative for New York's 5th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 3, 2013. Meeks is next up for reelection in 2018.
He was previously the representative for New York's 6th congressional district (1997-2012).
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.
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.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Meeks.
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 liberal–conservative 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. See full analysis methodology.
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Gregory Meeks sits on the following committees:
- House Committee on Foreign Affairs
- House Committee on Financial Services
Meeks was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- 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”.
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 about one third or more 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:
Finance and Financial Sector (32%) International Affairs (20%) Emergency Management (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Labor and Employment (8%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%)
Some of Meeks’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 655: Calling for Congress to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump.
- H.R. 4255: Ending Tax Breaks for Private Prisons Act
- H.Res. 522: Recognizing the twentieth anniversary of the International Career Advancement Program.
- H.Con.Res. 78: Denouncing and opposing the violence, xenophobia, and bigotry that are promoted by White ...
- H.R. 3741: To codify the Minority Bank Deposit Program, and for other purposes.
- H.Res. 355: Condemning in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks in Manchester, United Kingdom, on ...
- H.Res. 247: Supporting the goals and ideals of Financial Literacy Month.
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H.R. 2842: Accelerating Individuals into the Workforce Act
Jun 23, 2017. Passed 377/34.
H.R. 2842 connects low-income Americans looking for work with employers looking to fill job openings, including through apprenticeships and other forms of on-the-job training. Specifically, the legislation provides funding for states to subsidize employment for a limited time for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) ...
H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.Con.Res. 55: Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove United States Armed Forces ...
Jun 17, 2015. Failed 139/288.
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 2362 (112th): Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011
Jul 23, 2012. Failed 222/160.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
H.R. 1363 (112th): Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Apr 9, 2011. Passed 348/70.
From Feb 1998 to Dec 2017, Meeks missed 1,159 of 13,522 roll call votes, which is 8.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 20 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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