Kendrick Meek

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Kendrick Meek previously served the 17th Congressional district of Florida

Kendrick Brett Meek, a Democrat, is a former U.S. Representative for the 17th Congressional District of Florida, having served 2003 to 2011. (map)[1]

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

After Kendrick Meek was elected to represent FL17 in 2002, he voted in June 2003 against investigating whether the Bush administration "disclosed erroneous information to the public to justify war against Iraq". In May 2005, he voted against an amendment to a Defense appropriation bill that would have required the administration to present Congress with an exit strategy from Iraq. [2]

In July 2005 he voted not to withdraw U.S. forces "prematurely" from Iraq.[3]

Since then, Meek has voted for withdrawal resolutions and timetables, while continuing to vote for every war funding bill.[4]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.
For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

Representative Meek supported the interests of the American Wilderness Coalition 100% for four years from 2003 to 2006, an organization that “seeks to expand and protect our National Wilderness Preservation System." However, Representative Meek was one of the few who didn’t support at all the interests of the American Wind Energy Association, a national trade association which “promotes wind energy as a clean source of electricity for consumers around the world.” Nevertheless, Representative Meek has been pretty consistent about supporting many pro-environment interest groups.

Gun Issues

Representative Meek is very lukewarm and inconsistent on voting about gun issues, supporting the interests of the Gun Owners of America and the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. As a result, Representative Meek got a grade of D in 2006 and F in 2004, based on his lifetime voting records on gun issues (which is ranked irrespective of party affiliation.)

Abortion Issues

Representative Meek seems to be in full support of abortion. He voted nay on “Prohibit Partial-Birth Abortion bill” twice in 2003, and voted nay on “Abortion Pain Bill” in 2006, which fully informs women seeking an abortion of the pain experienced by their unborn child.


Meek was born September 6, 1966 in Miami, Florida. He was educated at Florida A&M University, and was a member of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate before entering the House.

He was elected to the U.S. House in 2002, succeeding his mother, Congresswoman Carrie Meek, who retired. He is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a member of the "30 Something Working Group", a House caucus that consists of democratic members in their 30's.

Background Information

Representative Meek was first elected on November 5th, 2002. He had many professional experiences, such as being highway patro, owner of K & L Security Services Company, Development Representative of Wackenhut Corporation. He was a representative of Florida State House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998. He was a Senator of Florida State from 1992 to 2002. Then he is a representative of United States House of Representatives from 2003 to present.

2006 elections

In 2006, independent Eric Simpson announced his intentions to challenge Meek in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Florida superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Kendrick Meek, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

2010 elections

In 2010, Rep. Meek ran for U.S. Senator for Florida. He won the Democratic primary but lost in the general election for Senator to Republican Marco Rubio. Democrat Frederica Wilson replaced Meek in the House.[1]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00025692&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Kendrick Meek
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Kendrick Meek. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Former contact

DC Office:
1039 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-0917
Phone: 202-225-4506
Fax: 202-226-0777
Web Email

District Office- Miami Gardens:
111 Northwest 183rd Street
Suite 315
Miami Gardens, FL 33169-4538
Phone: 305-690-5905
Fax: 305-690-5951

District Office- Pembroke Pines:
10100 Pines Boulevard
Third Floor, Building B
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Phone: 954-450-6767
Fax: 954-450-6768


Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kendrick Meek profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. [1], War and Peace - War with Iraq.
  3. [2], Thomas(Library of Congress).
  4. [3], War and Peace - War with Iraq.
  5. Directors, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, accessed August 20, 2008.

External Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, House Committee on Ways and Means, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, House Committee on Ways and Means/Subcommittee on Trade
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 2002
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2003
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives
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District Offices:
1. 111 Northwest 183rd Street, Suite 315, Miami Gardens, FL 33169-4538
Phone: 305-690-5905 / Fax: 305-690-5951
2. 10100 Pines Boulevard, Third Floor, Building B, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026
Phone: 954-450-6767 / Fax: 954-450-6768

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Date of Birth: September 6, 1966