U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng, 6th District of New York

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Closing Keynote:
U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng
6th District of New York

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U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng is serving her fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Meng represents the Sixth Congressional District of New York, encompassing the New York City borough of Queens, including west, central and northeast Queens.
Meng 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.
Meng is a member of the 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. The Appropriations Committee is responsible for funding every federal agency, program, and project within the United States government. 
Meng is also a Senior Whip and Regional Whip for New York, and a founder and Co-Chair of the Kids’ Safety Caucus, the first bipartisan coalition in the House that promotes child-safety issues. She helped create and serves as a founding member and former Co-Chair of the Quiet Skies Caucus which works to mitigate excessive aircraft noise that adversely affects communities.
Meng has passed several pieces of legislation into law. These include laws about religious freedom, making Queens historic sites part of the National Park Service, striking “Oriental” from federal law and protecting public housing residents from insufficient heat. 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.
In addition, Meng has fought to expand opportunities for communities of color, young people and women, and she secured resources to help local small businesses.
Born in Elmhurst, Queens, and raised in the Bayside and Flushing sections of the borough, Meng 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, Meng was a member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering public service, she worked as a public-interest lawyer.
Meng resides in Queens with her husband, Wayne, and two sons, Tyler and Brandon.