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Pat Meehan

Pat Meehan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Joe Sestak
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
September 17, 2001 – July 15, 2008
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Michael Stiles
Succeeded by Laurie Magid (Acting)
District Attorney of Delaware County
In office
January 9, 1996 – September 17, 2001
Preceded by William Ryan
Succeeded by Patricia Holsten
Personal details
Born Patrick Leo Meehan
(1955-10-20) October 20, 1955
Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Carolyn Meehan
Alma mater Bowdoin College
Temple University
Religion Roman Catholicism

Patrick Leo "Pat" Meehan (born October 20, 1955) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district since January 3, 2011. The district includes parts of Delaware County, Chester, and Montgomery Counties. He succeeded Democrat Joe Sestak, who ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate.

Congressman Meehan sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure, Oversight and Government Reform, and Homeland Security Committees. On the Homeland Security Committee, Meehan chairs the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies.

A graduate of Bowdoin College and Temple University, Meehan previously served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2001–2008) and as district attorney of Delaware County, Pennsylvania (1996–2001).

Early life and education

Born and raised in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania by his parents Leo and Julia, and is one of 4, Julia Meehan, Mike Meehan, and Tom Meehan. Pat Meehan attended Bowdoin College in Maine and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). While at Bowdoin, he was a standout hockey player and went on to spend two years in the National Hockey League (NHL) as an official. Meehan attended Temple Law School in Philadelphia, and graduated with his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1986.

Private law practice

After he earned a JD in 1986, he went to work as an associate at the law firm Dilworth Paxson LLP.

On July 7, 2008, Meehan announced to his staff that he would be stepping down from his position. On July 16, 2008, Meehan announced that he was joining the Philadelphia law firm of Conrad O'Brien Gellman & Rohn.[1]

US District Court records prove that Meehan resigned rather than answer a Motion To Disqualify that established he blocked an FBI investigation of the Philadelphia office of the US Department of Labor Office of Workers Compensation(OWCP). When a veteran provided documentation to the Philadelphia FBI that documents were destroyed and forgery was used in a benefit determination Meehan covered up the violations of law.

Meehan participated in the retaliation and cover-up due to the fact that the then Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, wife of Mitch McConnell, authorized the illegal termination of the veteran's benefits mandated by law. Meehan's reward for the cover-up of his party leaders wife's actions was GOP support.

As a result the veteran was forced into bankruptcy, sheriff's sale, foreclosure.

Early political career

Meehan’s career in public service and politics began in 1979 with the Philadelphia mayoral race working for Republican candidate David Marston. A year later he worked on Roy Zimmerman's campaign for Pennsylvania Attorney General.

Meehan went on to serve as Special Counsel to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. He was a campaign manager for U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, Philadelphia D.A. Ron Castille, and State Attorney General Ernie Preate.[2]

District Attorney (1996–2001)

In 1995 he was elected the District Attorney (D.A.) of Delaware County as a Republican. During Meehan's tenure as DA, his staff prosecuted several high-profile cases, including the Du Pont Murder Trial, (a case involving the murder of Olympic wrestler David Schultz by his millionaire benefactor John Eleuthère du Pont) and the 1996 murder of a 22-year-old college student named Aimee Willard (who was abducted from Route 476 and found in an abandoned lot in North Philadelphia).[2]

While serving as D.A., Meehan set up the Special Victims Unit for Domestic Violence in Delaware County, offered protection from the alleged abusers allowed the prosecution occur without the victims testifying in open-court.[3] As D.A. he also focused on protecting youth by expanding the Youth Aid Panel program for first time offenders and creating a truancy project to limit youth-related crime during the day. Meehan established the United States Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) in Pennsylvania. The ICAC is a special unit of detectives that investigate online predators on the web and bring them to justice; it has become a model across the country.

U.S. Attorney (2001–2008)

Pat Meehan became the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on September 17, 2001, six days after the George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate. Meehan headed an office of over 200 lawyers and staffed backed up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Office. As U.S. Attorney, Meehan has made terrorism, gang-crime, child internet-safety, and public-corruption priorities for his criminal division. Public-corruption in Philadelphia in particular was brought to the spotlight in 2003 when a FBI electronic listening device was found in the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office.

In light of the 9-11 Attacks, Meehan formed the Anti-Terrorism Task Force (ATTF), later renamed the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to evaluate and prevent future terrorist attacks. This initiative was done in partnership with local, state and federal law-enforcement and emergency responders. The ATAC has led large-scale table-top and field exercises on biological attacks and the poisoning of the food-supply in partnership with Saint Joseph’s University in order to help Eastern Pennsylvania to prepare for terrorist attacks.[4]

Recognizing the expansion of gang-related activity in the eastern part of Pennsylvania, Meehan sought a $2.5 million dollar Department of Justice grant to fight and prevent gang violence for the region. The unique “Route 222 Corridor Anti-Gang Initiative” brought together elected officials, federal, state and local law-enforcement with community groups to fight gangs in a rural area unfamiliar with big-city gang violence. The money was divided among enforcement, prevention and rehabilitation. The program aimed not only to increase arrests, but also to fund school programs and community centers to educate youth about the alternatives to gang life.[4]

Continuing the work he began while he was Delaware County D.A., Meehan continued to make child safety on the Internet a priority, sponsoring Internet safety training seminars with Web Wise Kids and visiting local schools. Meehan’s office has prosecuted sub-standard nursing homes and elder care facilities, and nefarious lenders who offered ill-advised loans to disadvantaged homeowners. (Bio) The U.S. Attorney’s Office under Meehan has been nationally recognized for its work in the field of health-care fraud. The office has won more than half a billion dollars in settlements against some of the largest pharmaceutical companies and pharmacy benefit managers, ensuring better self-policing and oversight by the industry.[5]

Public corruption cases

Though he has been active in a wide variety of areas, it has been several high-profile public corruption cases that have put Meehan in the headlines. Philadelphia is well known for its “pay to play” culture that rewards patronage rather than merit. Since taking office, Meehan and his office have been actively prosecuting corrupt Philadelphia city officials. Meehan has said, "Pay to play cannot be standard operating procedure in city government.[6]

This was brought to national attention on October 7, 2003 when Philadelphia Police conducted a sweep of Mayor John F. Street’s office and found an electronic listening device. It was later discovered that the “bug” had been planted by the FBI as part of a city corruption investigation. Street was never charged in the investigation. Philadelphia officials and the mayor were outraged, especially with the timing coinciding with the Philadelphia Mayoral Election on November 4, 2003. Street’s campaign spokesman went so far as to accuse the federal government of attempting to influence the election (which Street ended up winning anyway).[7] Meehan was applauded in the press and in the city for his handling of the situation, which resulted in twelve indictments including Street confidant Ronald White (who later died before he could stand trial) and city treasurer Corey Kemp who was convicted and sentenced to ten years in federal prison.[8]

Other city officials prosecuted by Meehan’s office included former city councilman Rick Mariano (who was sentenced to six and half years in federal prison for accepting bribes and attempting to influence city contracts), the President of the Independence Seaport Museum John S. Carter (who was sentenced to 15 years for cheating the museum from $1.5 million), Montgomery County accountant Denis Shusterman (for embezzling $10 million, he received a 14-year sentence),[9] and State Senator Vincent Fumo (who has recently been convicted on a 139-count indictment including fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges carrying a ten-year sentence).[10]

U.S. House of Representatives (2011–Present)



Meehan began his campaign for Pennsylvania governor in 2008.[11] On August 7, 2009, however, he announced that he was ending his exploratory bid and would instead run for Congress. Reports indicated that another candidate, Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, was too far ahead of Meehan in fund-raising and endorsements.[12]

Meehan decided to run in Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district election, vacated by Joe Sestak, who defeated U.S. Senator Arlen Specter in 2010 in the Democratic Party primary, but lost to Republican Pat Toomey in the general election. Meehan ran unopposed for the Republican Party nomination in the May 18, 2010 Republican primary.

To appear on the primary election ballot a candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania is required to collect valid signatures of 1,000 registered voters in the congressional district. When evidence of fraud in some of Meehan's petitions was discovered by the Meehan campaign, Meehan alerted the Delaware County District Attorney. Michael Green, the District Attorney and Meehan supporter, turned over the matter to the office of the [14] He was convicted on seven of the charges after pleading guilty as part of a plea-bargain deal.[15]

Meehan defeated Democratic State Representative Bryan Lentz 55%–44%.[16][17][18]


Meehan won re-election to a second term with 60% of the vote over Democrat George Badey.[19]


Meehan was sworn in on January 5, 2011. He was appointed to serve as one of just three freshman members on the House Republican Steering Committee, and is one of a select few House freshmen to chair a subcommittee. He has joined the Republican Main Street Partnership.[20]

As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Meehan chairs the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Chairman Meehan has held hearings to investigate issues such as Iran's ties to terrorism and the risks posed by extremists in Pakistan.[21]

Meehan voted to repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. As far as fiscal policy, he voted for the Budget Control Act of 2011,[22] Cut, Cap and Balance Act,[23] and voted to defund NPR.[24] Among bills that became law, he voted for the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act[25] and to extend the Patriot Act.[26]

Meehan has introduced the Jump Start for Job Creators Act, legislation that would encourage entrepreneurs to create jobs by increasing the maximum tax deduction for small business start-up expenses.[27] Meehan has led the effort to preserve funding for the V-22 Osprey.,[28] an advanced military aircraft manufactured in Meehan's district.[29]

In June, Meehan announced that six Chester County fire companies in Pennsylvania will receive $430,000 in federal grants to purchase new radios and rescue equipment.[30]

On July 24, 2013, Meehan voted to continue funding an NSA surveillance program gathering metadata from the telephone calls of U.S. citizens.[31]

Meehan supported reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.[32]

On November 14, 2013, Meehan introduced the Preclearance Authorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 3488; 113th Congress), a bill that would authorize the United States Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish preclearance facilities, conduct preclearance operations, or provide customs services outside of the United States of America to prevent terrorists, terrorist instruments, and other national security threats from gaining access to the United States.[33]

On February 6, 2014, Meehan introduced the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014 (H.R. 4007; 113th Congress), a bill that would make permanent the United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) authority to regulate security at certain chemical facilities in the United States.[34] Under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, DHS collects and reviews information from chemical facilities in the United States to determine which facilities present security risks and then requires them to write and enact security plans.[34]

Committee assignments


Meehan introduced legislation, titled the 'Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Advancement Act of 2013' (CIRDA), that passed the subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies in 2013. The bill aims to make key improvements in security for important infrastructure. The measure calls for expansion in research and development for security technology as well as implementing a new strategy in dealing with cyber threats that the Department of Homeland Security faces. This bill would also streamline sharing of these technologies to many other branches of government, thus making them more secure as a whole.[35][36]

In 2013, Congressman Meehan introduced a bill called the Critical Infrastructure Research and Development Advancement Act of 2013 (H.R. 2952; 113th Congress). If signed into law, the bill would require more oversight of the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity goals, according to Ripon Advance. The bill would require DHS to transmit to the Congress a strategic plan for research and development efforts addressing the protection of critical infrastructure and a report on departmental use of public-private consortiums to develop technology to protect such infrastructure.[37] On January 16, 2014, the United States House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies passed the bill,[38] and in February the full Homeland Security Committee approved the bill.[39] On July 28, 2014, the House voted to pass the bill in a voice vote.[40][41]The 256-170 roll call 07/29/2015 by which the House passed the VA Accountability Act, making it easier to fire or demote employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs Accountability Act. Voting no were 169 Democrats and 1 Republican. Of which Meehan was the sole Republican no vote.

Personal life

Meehan, his wife Carolyn and their three sons live in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.[42]


  1. ^ U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan to step down Philadelphia Inquirer – Mon, Jul. 7, 2008 by Emilie Lounsberry. Accessed July 7, 2008 11:23 AM
  2. ^ a b Joseph A. Slobozian, "A decisive, focused style from new U.S. attorney." Philadelphia Inquirer. 9/15/2001; Pg. B01
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  4. ^ a b U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan (Official Bio), Accessed 1/19/2008
  5. ^ J.F. Pirro, "Justice Served (Straight Up)." Mainline Today, 7/11/2007
  6. ^ Mark Fazlollah and Joseph Tanfani, "Probe reveals city's shadow government." Philadelphia Inquirer. 6/30/2004; Pg. A01.
  7. ^ Nicole Weisensee Egan, "Meehan 'Plays It Straight'; U.S. Attorney Lauded As Man of Integrity." Philadelphia Daily News. 10/9/2003; Pg. 06
  8. ^ Michael Hinkelman, "5 guilty in City Hall corruption case appeal convictions." Philadelphia Daily News. 6/6/2007. Pg. 06"
  9. ^ John Shiffman, "Big jail time for museum cheat; John Carter." Philadelphia Inquirer. 11/3/2007. Pg. A01
  10. ^ Craig R. McCoy and John Shiffman, "The Case Against Fumo." Philadelphia Inquirer. 2/7/2007. State and Regional News
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  38. ^ Aaron Martin (2014-1-21). "Meehan bill would enhance cybersecurity". Ripon Advance. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
  39. ^ "Cybersecurity bill gains subcommittee approval". Ripon Advance. February 11, 2014. (Retrieved same).
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  42. ^ J.F. Pirro, "Justice Served (Straight Up)." Mainline Today, 7/11/2007.

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Preceded by
William Ryan
District Attorney of Delaware County
Succeeded by
Patricia Holsten
Preceded by
Michael Stiles
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Laurie Magid
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Sestak
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district

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