Rep. Meeks Named Chair of the Queens Democrats

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks is the new chairperson of the Queens County Democrats.  Eagle  file photo by Andy Katz.

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks is the new chairperson of the Queens County Democrats. Eagle file photo by Andy Katz.

By David Brand

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks was named the new chairperson of the Queens County Democratic Party after district leaders gathered for a vote Monday morning.

“Humbled, Honored, & Fired-up to be elected @Queens_Dems Chair,” Meeks tweeted after the vote. “Ready to move our Borough, City, & State forward.”

Meeks replaces former U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley as party chair. Crowley served in the leadership role since 2006 but stepped down after accepting a job with a D.C. lobbying firm.

Meeks, 65, has represented the 5th Congressional District in Southeast Queens since 1998. He previously served in the state Assembly from 1993 to 1998.