U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) was elected to chair the Asian Pacific American Caucus’ Political Action Committee last week.
The group, which raises money and recruit candidates of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and works to support and promote issues of concern in those communities, was founded in 2011 and has seen the election of eight Asian Americans to Congress since, including Meng.
Meng succeeds U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-California), who founded the PAC. Chu was the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress when she won a special election representing several Los Angeles suburbs in 2009. Meng is the second and the first Asian-American to be elected to Congress from New York.
She is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Caucus, which includes members of Congress who are of Asian and Pacific Islander descent or represent large Asian and Pacific Islander constituencies. That caucus is chaired by Chu.
“The CAPAC Leadership PAC played an important role in my election and I look forward to offering the same opportunities to candidates that share our values and that live in districts with large AAPI populations,” Meng said in statement.