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Rep. Gregory Meeks

Representative for New York’s 5th District

pronounced GRE-guh-ree // meeks

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 2020.

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
Photo of Rep. Gregory Meeks [D-NY5]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Meeks.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Jul 19, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Gregory Meeks sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Meeks was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Meeks sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (45%) Transportation and Public Works (9%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) International Affairs (9%) Emergency Management (9%) Labor and Employment (6%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (6%) Arts, Culture, Religion (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Meeks’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Meeks voted Yea

Passed 280/131 on Feb 8, 2018.

H.R. 1153 excludes insurance held in escrow and, under certain circumstances, fees paid to companies affiliated with the creditor from the costs that would be ...

Meeks voted Yea

Passed 256/164 on Jan 11, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill would extend so-called "section 702" government surveillance under ...

Meeks voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

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. ...

Meeks voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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 ...

Meeks voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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 ...

Meeks voted Aye

Meeks voted Nay

Meeks voted Not Voting

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 ...

Missed Votes

From Feb 1998 to Jul 2019, Meeks missed 1,228 of 14,548 roll call votes, which is 8.4%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% 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.

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Primary Sources

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