Meet Pat Meehan
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.