Congressman Gregory W. Meeks represents New York's Sixth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Now serving in his seventh full-term, Meeks was elected to the House on February 3, 1998. He is a member of the powerful House Committee on Financial Services and the much sought after Committee on Foreign Affairs. Meeks is a Member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), New Democrats Caucus and the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). He serves as the Co-chair of the Malaysia Caucus, Services Caucus, Dialogue Caucus and the Middle East Economic Partnership Caucus.
As a Member of Congress, Meeks has championed causes and sponsored legislation that: addresses increased educational opportunities for all children, ensures that minority businesses and contractors significantly participate on all projects that receive federal funding, trade expansion, protection of civil and human rights, and promotes healthy livable communities.
Representing a district of mostly middle-class working people, Meeks has been a strong advocate for working families and the poor. He has been praised for his advocacy to protect worker’s rights to organize, strengthen workplace protection laws, and making laws that create jobs that produce a livable wage.
For his strong leadership, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (06-NY) was honored by the New York Roadway Coalition as its 2006 “Legislator of the Year.” This annual prestigious award is given to a New York Democrat and Republican for their work on infrastructure issues important to the state. This is the second time in Meeks’ congressional tenure that he was bestowed this award, becoming the first Member of the congressional delegation to receive the award twice in less than 10 years.
In 1978, he received his Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law. After law school, he joined the Queens County District Attorney's Office. He next worked at the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York. Meeks then became Assistant Council for the State Investigation Commission, where his responsibilities were to direct investigations. He was then appointed Supervising Judge of the New York State Worker's Compensation System. He held this position until 1992 when he was elected to the New York State Assembly, where he served for five years.
He is the former Chair of the Council of Black Elected Democrats (COBED) and has successfully worked with a bipartisan group of his colleagues to dialogue about issues of importance to the United States and the international community.
Meeks is a founding member of the Thurgood Marshall Regular Democratic Club and remains active in grassroots community organizing. Meeks is also a member of several civic and professional organizations including: the National Bar Association, the Coalition of 100 Black Men, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), United Black Men of Queens, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Inc., the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and United Black Men of Queens. He is also a member of the Allen AME Church.
Congressman Meeks currently resides in St. Albans, Queens with his wife Simone-Marie and has three daughters Ebony, Aja, and Nia-Aiyana.