Pat Meehan represents Pennsylvaniaï¿½s 7th Congressional District in the United States Congress.
Elected in 2010, Pat Meehan serves on the Oversight and Government Reform, Homeland Security and Small Business Committees. As a member of the Homeland Security, Pat was appointed chairman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, becoming one of only a few freshmen to chair a subcommittee.
Prior to his election to the United States Congress, Meehan earned an impressive record as one of the Philadelphia areaï¿½s most respected prosecutors. Appointed by the President, Meehan served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a position that made him the top federal prosecutor in a district that spanned nine counties with a population of over five million residents.
Sworn in just six days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Meehan immediately went to work combating the threat of terrorism. He set up an Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council to coordinate the regionï¿½s response to the attacks. The ATAC quickly became a national model for coordination among law enforcement agencies and ensured that critical information and intelligence on terrorist threats was disseminated to the appropriate federal, state and local law enforcement personnel.
While U.S. Attorney, Meehan took on nursing homes neglecting seniors, drug companies defrauding customers and pioneered innovative new strategies to combat domestic violence. Meehan also prosecuted cases under Operation Stolen Valor, an initiative that took in individuals who falsely claimed to have won military awards and decorations. He was appointed by the Attorney General to sit on the Corporate Fraud Task Force and prosecuted government contractors overcharging taxpayers.
During his tenure, the U.S. Attorneyï¿½s Office in Philadelphia became a national leader in prosecuting corrupt government officials. Meehan helped to put behind bars some of the biggest names in Philadelphiaï¿½s corrupt pay-to-play political culture, including former Philadelphia Treasurer Corey Kemp, Councilman Rick Mariano, and State Senator Vincent Fumo. Meehan earned praise from both sides of the aisle for his integrity and his commitment to rooting out political corruption.
Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Meehan served as the District Attorney of Delaware County. As D.A., Pat successfully prosecuted several high-profile cases, including the murder trial of millionaire John DuPont and the trial of the murderer of local college student Aimee Willard. Meehan formed the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a working group dedicated to protecting children from online predators.
A native of Cheltenham, Montgomery County, Pat is a graduate of Bowdoin University and the Temple University School of Law. Prior to entering public service, Pat spent two years as a referee in the National Hockey League. Pat, his wife Carolyn, and their three sons live in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.