Meadows was the representative for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 2020.
In 2016 Meadows was investigated for retaining an employee through 2015 who did not perform duties after 2014 commensurate with the compensation the employee received. This employee, Mr. West, had been demoted after Meadows learned of West's sexual harassment of other Meadows' staff. Meadows commissioned his own investigation and ignored the recommendation to fire West. Further, Meadows did not seek guidance on whether continuing to pay West was in accordance with House Rules and his separatist approach to keeping West on staff, but away from women staff was effectively discriminatory since it precluded their access to to Meadows. For these reasons, the Committee unanimously voted to reprove Meadows and to require him to repay West's excess two month's salary of $40,625.02.
|May. 18, 2016||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations|
|Aug. 17, 2016||House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response.|
|Nov. 16, 2018||House Committee on Ethics the Committee unanimously voted to issue this Report, which will serve as a reproval of Representative Meadows’ conduct, and to require Representative Meadows to reimburse the U.S. Treasury for the overpayment of Mr. West, in the amount of $40,625.02.|
Read our 2019 Report Card for Meadows.
Meadows 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 Meadows has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Aug 7, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Meadows was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5995 (114th): GAO Civilian Task and Delivery Order Protest Authority Act of 2016
- H.R. 4180 (114th): Fraud Reduction and Data Analytics Act of 2015
- H.R. 4360 (113th): To designate the facility of the United States Forest Service for the Grandfather Ranger District located at 109 Lawing Drive in Nebo, North Carolina, as the “Jason ...
Does 3 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).
Meadows sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (32%) Taxation (18%) Health (12%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Emergency Management (7%) International Affairs (6%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%)
Some of Meadows’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5644: Construction Consensus Procurement Improvement Act of 2020
- H.R. 5571: Revamping American Infrastructure Act of 2020
- H.Res. 780: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that upon adoption by the ...
- H.R. 5440: Remembering the Life of Kyle Poteat Act
- H.R. 5295: National Institute for Research on Safety and Quality Act
- H.R. 5067: TEAMS Act
- H.Res. 696: Establishing the Elijah E. Cummings Room.
From Jan 2013 to Mar 2020, Meadows missed 115 of 4,542 roll call votes, which is 2.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 2020. 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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