Pat Meehan (R-PA-7)

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Pat Meehan Congressman Pennsylvania District 7

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Patrick L. “Pat” Meehan, Jr.

Pat Meehan Congressional Candidate Pennsylvania District 7


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Patrick Meehan represents Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the United States Congress.

Elected in 2010, Congressman Meehan serves on the Oversight and Government Reform, Homeland Security and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees. As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Meehan was appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, becoming one of only a few freshmen to chair a subcommittee.

Prior to his election to the United States Congress, Meehan earned an impressive record as one of the Philadelphia area’s most respected prosecutors. Appointed by the President, Meehan served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a position that made him the top federal prosecutor in a district that spanned nine counties with a population of over five million residents.

Sworn in just six days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Meehan immediately went to work combating the threat of terrorism. He set up an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council to coordinate the region’s response to the attacks. The ATAC quickly became a national model for coordination among law enforcement agencies and ensured that critical information and intelligence on terrorist threats was disseminated to the appropriate federal, state and local law enforcement personnel.

While U.S. Attorney, Meehan took on nursing homes neglecting seniors, drug companies defrauding customers and pioneered innovative new strategies to combat domestic violence. Meehan also prosecuted cases under Operation Stolen Valor, an initiative that took in individuals who falsely claimed to have won military awards and decorations. He was appointed by the Attorney General to sit on the Corporate Fraud Task Force and prosecuted government contractors overcharging taxpayers.

During his tenure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia became a national leader in prosecuting corrupt government officials. Meehan helped to put behind bars some of the biggest names in Philadelphia’s corrupt pay-to-play political culture, including former Philadelphia Treasurer Corey Kemp, Councilman Rick Mariano, and State Senator Vincent Fumo. Meehan earned praise from both sides of the aisle for his integrity and his commitment to rooting out political corruption.

Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Meehan served as the District Attorney of Delaware County. As D.A., he successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases, including the murder trial of millionaire John DuPont and the trial of the murderer of local college student Aimee Willard. Meehan formed the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a working group dedicated to protecting children from online predators.

A native of Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Meehan is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the Temple University School of Law. Prior to entering public service, Congressman Meehan spent two years as a referee in the National Hockey League. Meehan, his wife Carolyn, and their three sons live in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.



Biography of Pat Meehan from Pat Meehan for Congress

On November 2, 2010, Pat Meehan was elected to serve as the representative of Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in the United States Congress.

After the election, Meehan quickly earned the praise and respect of his colleagues in Congress. He was elected by his peers to serve as one of three freshmen members of the House Republican Steering Committee, the body that decides committee assignments for members of the Republican Caucus. This prestigious appointment not only exemplified Meehan’s status as a leader of his freshman class but helped him forge vital relationships with the leadership of the House Republican Caucus.

In the 112th Congress, Meehan will serve on the Transportation and Infrastructure, Oversight and Government Reform and the Homeland Security Committees. As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Meehan chairs the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, and is one of only a select few freshman members granted a subcommittee chairmanship.

Congressman Meehan’s career in public service began with his election as Delaware County District Attorney. Just days after being sworn in as Delaware County D.A., millionaire John DuPont was arrested for the murder of wrestler David Schultz. Meehan successfully led the prosecution of DuPont, as well as the prosecution of several other notable cases such as the murder of local college student Aimee Willard.

While Delaware County D.A., Meehan created the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a specialized unit dedicated to getting online predators off the streets. The ICAC Task Force continues to protect local children from online predators and has served as a national model for other such units across the country.

In 2001, Meehan was appointed by the President to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and was sworn in just days after the 9/11 attacks. As U.S. Attorney, Meehan was responsible for the prosecution of all federal crimes occurring within a nine-county area with more than five million residents. Meehan took on nursing homes neglecting their patients, fought manufacturers illegally dumping waste and pioneered new techniques to prevent domestic violence.

Pat earned national praise for his prosecutions of corrupt public officials, including former Philadelphia treasurer Corey Kemp, Councilman Rick Mariano and State Senator Vince Fumo. The prosecutions of politicians from both parties earned Meehan a national reputation for integrity and commitment to the rule of law.

A graduate of Bowdoin College and Temple Law School, Meehan worked his way through college with jobs in a rubber factory and digging manholes during the summer. After college, Pat spent two years as an NHL Hockey Referee. Pat, his wife Carolyn, and his three sons reside in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.

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