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.|
Read our 2017 Report Card for Meehan.
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.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Meehan was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 4875 (114th): United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act of 2016
- H.R. 4876 (114th): Medicare Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2016
- H.R. 1314 (114th): Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015
- H.R. 998 (114th): Preclearance Authorization Act of 2015
- H.R. 2952 (113th): Cybersecurity Workforce Assessment Act
- H.R. 4007 (113th): Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014
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).
Meehan sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Meehan’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4614 (115th): Nuclear Powers America Act of 2017
- H.Res. 550 (115th): Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the need for …
- H.R. 3820 (115th): Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act of 2017
- H.R. 3395 (115th): 529 OPTIONS Act
- H.Con.Res. 72 (115th): Expressing the sense of Congress that child safety is the first priority …
- H.R. 3044 (115th): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to expand supplemental …
- H.R. 2926 (115th): REACH Act
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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
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