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Rep. Patrick Meehan

Former Representative for Pennsylvania’s 7th District

pronounced PAT-chrik // MEE-un

Meehan was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2011 to 2018.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

While serving on the House Committee on Ethics, Meehan used taxpayer funds to settle a 2017 sexual harassment complaint privately, heading off an investigation. He was subsequently removed from the House Committee on Ethics. In March 2018, the House Committee on Ethics had established and staffed an Investigative Subcommittee When Meehan resigned in April 2018, the Committee ceased investigating because he was no longer within their jurisdiction.

Jan. 20, 2018 House of Representatives removed Meehan from his position on the House Committee on Ethics
Jan. 22, 2018 House Committee on Ethics opened an investigation
Mar. 8, 2018 House Committee on Ethics has established and staffed the Investigative Subcommittee
Apr. 27, 2018 Meehan resigned.
Jan. 2, 2019 House Committee on Ethics ceased investigating in April because the Committee's jurisdiction ended with his resignation
Photo of Rep. Patrick Meehan [R-PA7, 2011-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Meehan.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Meehan is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 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 Meehan sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Meehan was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Meehan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (31%) Crime and Law Enforcement (17%) Health (17%) Emergency Management (11%) Housing and Community Development (9%) Education (9%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Meehan recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Meehan voted No

Passed 229/197 on May 2, 2017.

H.R. 1180 amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to give private-sector employees the option of selecting compensatory time off in lieu of cash for …

Meehan voted Nay

Passed 234/190 on Feb 7, 2017.

H.J.Res. 57 would disapprove and nullify the rule issued by the Department of Education on November 28, 2016, to implement the accountability, data reporting, and …

Meehan voted Nay

Meehan voted Nay

Passed 249/177 on Nov 17, 2015.

Meehan voted Nay

Passed 216/210 on Jun 9, 2015.

This bill is the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, a yearly federal spending bill. The bill began as the Transportation, …

Meehan 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 …

Meehan 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 …

Meehan voted Aye

Meehan voted Nay

Meehan voted Aye

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 Jan 2011 to Apr 2018, Meehan missed 50 of 5,011 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Apr 2018. 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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