Alabama Young Democrats (AYD) has announced that New York Congresswoman Grace Meng will be the keynote speaker at the AYD virtual event on May 15th. The Alabama Young Democrats is a group of young, progressive leaders working together to make Alabama a better place to live. The group works to serve as a voice for the young people of Alabama and increase the efficiency of popular government by fostering and perpetuating the ideals and principles of the Democratic Party.
Meng is serving her fifth term in the United States House of Representatives and is a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and is Vice-Chair of its Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She represents New York’s 6th congressional district in the New York City borough of Queens and is the first Asian American to be elected to Congress from New York.
Meng was the author of the Reverse Mortgage Act of 2009 that prohibited proceeds received from reverse mortgages from being considered as income, so senior citizens can get their partial property tax exemption. Seven other of her pieces of legislation were signed into law. She helped form the Bipartisan Freshman Caucus, asserting that “the American people are just sick and tired of blaming each other without getting anything done.” She introduced a bill to ban the desecration of cemeteries that now amends the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998.
Congresswoman Meng was born in Elmhurst, Queens, and graduated from Stuyvesant High School and the University of Michigan. She earned her law degree from Yeshiva University’s Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.