Throughout her career, Grace Meng has worked to protect workers and the environment. She has promoted renewable energy resources – including the development of residential solar energy –and worked to safeguard public health from air and water pollution. Meng served two terms in the New York State Assembly where she led on and supported a wide range of environmental legislation, ranging from a ban on fracking to curbing global warming pollution.
Prior to her two terms representing Queens in the New York State Assembly, Meng worked as a public interest lawyer organizing communities to protect unions and rein in corporations.
Meng joins the U.S. House to fill the seat of retiring 15-term Representative Gary Ackerman, who has a lifetime score of 88% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2011.
In her own words:
"I am proud of my record as a strong advocate for protecting the environment during my career in the New York State Assembly. I have voted for and sponsored many bills aimed at reducing pollution, curbing carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency. I am particularly proud to be a co-sponsor of Assemblymember Steve Englebright’s bill to establish a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing projects in New York State."
Source: LCV 2011-2012 Congressional Questionnaire