Grace Meng (孟昭文), a US-born politician and lawyer of Taiwanese descent, was elected to the US House of Representatives on Tuesday, making her the first Asian-American elected to the US Congress from New York.
The 37-year-old Democrat, whose parents are both from Taiwan, is currently a member of the New York State Assembly, representing the 22nd assembly district in Flushing in the New York City borough of Queens. She won the race for New York’s sixth congressional district against Daniel Halloran.
Meng has said becoming a member of Congress was her dream and would fulfill the wish of her father, former New York State assemblyman Jimmy Meng (孟廣瑞).
Meng said she hopes her election will help strengthen the voice of the Asian-American population, which exceeds 1 million people in New York.
She has offered to fully support the Dream Act promoted by immigrant rights organizations and is active in helping children of illegal immigrants who lack legal status to gain access to education and employment.
In addition, Meng has pledged to create jobs for Queens residents by developing the area’s transportation and pushing for investment in technological advancement and initiatives that will help Queens thrive as a “technology corridor.”