U.S. House of Representatives (D-5th/MA)
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Congressman Marty Meehan represents the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts. Over his more than ten years in Congress, Meehan has emerged as a national leader on a variety of issues and a steadfast advocate for the people of his district. He has led the fight to reform our nation's campaign finance laws and has been a tireless advocate for economic development in his District. He believes that "smart growth" must be the hallmark of economic development. Meehan’s top priorities include maintaining a balanced federal budget, preserving Medicare and Social Security, supporting and strengthening our Armed Forces, and working to make our communities clean and crime-free for families.
A member of the House Judiciary Committee, Congressman Meehan is a leading supporter of civil liberties and civil rights. He is a sponsor of House Resolution 367 condemning discrimination and bigotry against Iranian Americans. The resolution acknowledges the diversity of the Iranian American community and their contributions to the social and economic fabric of American society. In an open letter to the Iranian American community, Congressman Meehan stated that the purpose of the resolution is to raise awareness of acts of bigotry and discrimination against Iranian Americans and urge law enforcement officials to respond effectively.
In June of 2005, at a Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims hearing on immigration removal procedures implemented in the aftermath of September 11th, Congressman Meehan presented a series of questions to representatives from the Department of Homeland Security concerning the implementation of the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS). Specifically, Meehan mentioned that he had read and worked with the Iranian American Bar Association relative to their report concerning the detention of registrants under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System ("NSEERS") and was wondering whether anything has been done to address some of the issues that were uncovered in the report.
First Elected: 1992
Committees: Armed Services; Judiciary
Prev. Occupation: Attorney
Prev. Political Exp.: no prior elected office
Education: BS University of Massachusetts, 1978; MPA Suffolk University, 1981; JD Suffolk University, 1986