Grace Meng

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Grace Meng
Grace Meng Official Congressional Photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Gregory Meeks
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 22nd district
In office
Preceded by Ellen Young
Succeeded by Michaelle Solages
Personal details
Born (1975-10-01) October 1, 1975 (age 43)[1]
Queens, New York[2]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Wayne Kye[2]
Children Tyler, Brandon[2]
Residence Flushing, New York[2]
Alma mater University of Michigan (B.A.)
Yeshiva University (J.D.)
Profession lawyer, politician
Website Representative Grace Meng
Grace Meng
Chinese 孟昭文
Hanyu Pinyin Mèng Zhāowén

Grace Meng (Chinese: 孟昭文, born October 1, 1975[1]) is an American lawyer and a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing New York's 6th congressional district in the New York City borough of Queens, which includes neighborhoods like Bayside, Flushing, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Kew Gardens and Maspeth. Previously, she served as a member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 22nd assembly district in Flushing, Queens, New York. She is the first Asian American to represent part of New York in Congress.

Early life and education

Grace Meng was born and raised in Queens. She attended Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 and is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School. She received a B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.[2]

New York Assembly


Grace Meng's father Jimmy Meng was elected in 2004 to New York's 22nd assembly district, becoming the first Asian American to be elected to the legislature in New York State history.[3] Jimmy served only one term, having decided to not run for re-election in 2006 following a scandal regarding election irregularities in his first campaign. He subsequently pleaded guilty to bribery charges. He only served one month in jail for his crime. Grace Meng decided to run to succeed her father, but was taken off the ballot when Democrat Ellen Young, challenged her residency status.[4] Subsequently her district residency issues were resolved.[5] Ellen Young succeeded Jimmy Meng in 2006.

In 2008, Grace decided to challenge Young again. On September 9, 2008, Grace defeated the incumbent in the Democratic primary 59%-41%.[6][7] She went on to win the 2008 November election, defeating Young again, this time as an Independence Party nominee, 88%-12%.[8] In 2010, she won re-election to a second term unopposed.[9][10][11]

In 2008, she was named one of City & State's "New York City Rising Stars: 40 Under 40" for being a young influential member in New York City politics.


She was the author of the Reverse Mortgage Act of 2009, that prohibited proceeds received from reverse mortgages from being considered as income, so senior citizens can get their partial property tax exemption. Seven other of her pieces of legislation were signed into law.[12]

Committee assignments

  • Aging
  • Banks
  • Labor
  • Libraries and Education Technology
  • Real Property Taxation
  • Small Business[13]

U.S. House of Representatives

2012 election

In June 2012, Meng faced fellow Assembly member Rory Lancman and New York City Council member Elizabeth Crowley in a primary election for New York's 6th congressional district and won. She received the endorsement of the Queens County Democratic party.[14] On November 6, 2012, Meng won the race for New York Congressional District 6 against Republican member of the New York City Council Dan Halloran, making her the first Asian American elected to Congress from New York.[15]


She was inaugurated on January 3, 2013. Meng has co-formed the Bipartisan Freshman Caucus saying “The American people are just sick and tired of blaming each other without getting anything done.”[16]

Her district includes the Queens neighborhoods of Auburndale, Bayside, Briarwood, Elmhurst, Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, Glendale, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Maspeth, Middle Village and Rego Park.

On February 10, 2014, Meng introduced the bill To amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include the desecration of cemeteries among the many forms of violations of the right to religious freedom (H.R. 4028; 113th Congress) into the House.[17] The bill would amend the findings of the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 by including the desecration of cemeteries among the various violations of the right to religious freedom.[17][18] Meng said that "this legislation would be a new and important tool in our fight against the desecration of cemeteries" because it would "combat religiously-motivated vandalism of cemeteries and also prevent developers from building over cemeteries, a new and emerging threat in places where there are no Jewish communities left to protect burial grounds."[19]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Meng resides in Queens with her husband Wayne and their two sons, Tyler and Brandon.[2]

In November 2013, Meng was robbed and assaulted by a purse-snatcher in the Eastern Market area of Washington, D.C.[20] She suffered injuries to head, left knee, hand and face, and was treated at George Washington University hospital. The assailant stole her black Gucci tote bag.[20]

In September 2015, Meng's younger brother Andy was charged for allegedly helping to cover-up the death of Chun “Michael” Deng, a 19 year-old student at Baruch College. Deng was killed in December 2013 during a hazing ritual for the Pi Delta Psi fraternity in Pennsylvania.[21]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "State Assembly: Grace Meng (D), District 22". Capitol Info. Archived from the original on March 18, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Grace Meng: Biography". New York State Assembly. Retrieved March 23, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "First Asian American in the NY State Assembly", ChinaDaily, 05-11-2004. Retrieved on 16-02-2007
  4. Stirling, Stephen (2008-07-25). "Young, Meng won't fight over primary signatures • TimesLedger". Retrieved 2014-08-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "New York, 6th House District: Grace Meng (D)". 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2014-08-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Noah C. Zuss, "Meng Beats Young in Primary for Flushing Seat." "Southeast Queens Press," Sept. 12-18, 2008, p. 11
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  10. "Election Results 2010: New York State Legislature". The New York Times. 2010. Retrieved March 30, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  12. [1] Archived November 7, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  13. "Grace Meng". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2014-08-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Queens Democratic Leaders Back Meng For Congress". NY1. March 19, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Grace Meng, Michael Grimm Win Seats In Congress". Retrieved 7 November 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Schneier, David (2013-02-28). "Meng talks nation's business at 112th - Queens Chronicle: Central/Mid Queens News". Retrieved 2014-08-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. 17.0 17.1 "H.R. 4028 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 28 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. Marcos, Cristina (23 May 2014). "Next week: Appropriations, VA reform, intelligence authorization". The Hill. Retrieved 29 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "House Passes Meng Legislation to Make Desecration of Cemeteries a Violation of Religious Freedom". Jewish Political News and Updates. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. 20.0 20.1 O'Keefe, Ed; Williams, Clarence (November 20, 2013). "Rep. Grace Meng attacked, robbed". Washington Post. Retrieved May 17, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. Gartland, Michael. "5 charged with murder in frat hazing death". New York Post. Retrieved 1 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Ellen Young
New York State Assembly, 22nd District
Succeeded by
Michaelle Solages
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Gregory Meeks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Mark Meadows
R-North Carolina
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Luke Messer