Gregory Meeks has represented southeastern Queens since 1998. He won his Congressional seat in a special election following the retirement of Floyd Flake.
Now in his thirteenth term, Meeks has devoted his energy to serving one of the most diverse constituencies in the nation. He was a fervent supporter of the Affordable Care Act enacted under President Obama, and has since made efforts to improve upon the legislation. Congressman Meeks co-authored key provisions in the Wall Street reform law – including its stress testing requirement, the creation of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at the financial regulatory agencies, and the requirement that U.S. public companies who use natural resources to report their due diligence in stamping out conflict minerals.
Meeks serves as Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and previously was the first black Member of Congress to serve as Chair of that committee.
Congressman Meeks is a close ally of J Street.
He is a strong supporter of Israel and an advocate for a two state solution. He has also spoken out about the settlement movement and the plight of Palestinians in the West Bank, saying "Demolitions, settlement expansion, arbitrary detentions, harassment and other injustices can and must end.”
Meeks was a supporter of President Obama's Iran deal, which verifiably blocked Iran's path to nuclear weapons, and criticized the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.