Chair / NY-06
U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens. She was born and raised in Queens as the daughter of immigrants and has never forgotten where she came from or who she fights for.
Grace is the first and only Asian American Member of Congress from New York State and the first female Congressmember from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.
Grace is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and is Vice Chair of its Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She also sits on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. Grace also serves as the First Vice-Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and as the New York Regional Representative on the Regional Leadership Council launched by House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries to help act as a liaison to the White House.
Grace has proudly passed several pieces of her legislation into law. This includes striking “Oriental” from federal law, protecting public housing residents from insufficient heat, championing improvements to broadband and internet access for students across the country to help close the homework gap, and establishing the first step in creating a national museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture. Also signed into law were her measures to assist veterans and members of the military, and provisions to improve consumer protections and safeguards for children.
Additionally, in order to combat the rise in hate and violence that increased during the coronavirus pandemic, Grace passed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law.
Born in Elmhurst, Queens, and raised in the Bayside and Flushing sections of the borough, Grace attended local schools, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. She then earned a law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.
Prior to serving in Congress, Grace was a member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer.
Grace resides in Queens with her husband, Wayne, and two sons, Tyler and Brandon.