Congressman Greg Meeks first African-American to head Queens Democratic Party

Congressman Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) was elected on Monday to be the new chairman of the Queens County Democratic Party and proudly had his wife, daughters and granddaughter by his side in Forest Hills at the Queens Democratic Party’s headquarters.

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks

“Humbled, honored, and fired up to be elected Queens Democratic Chair,” tweeted Meeks.

Richard David, the 31st Assembly District Leader from Richmond Hill was proud to be one of the 72 district leaders to unanimously vote for Meeks on March 11.

“It’s a dawn of a new day within the Democratic Party,” said David. “With 45 in office, this is a message that the Democratic Party is not afraid to put people of color in prominent positions they weren’t in before.”

Meeks is the first African-American to head the Queens Democratic Party.

One of the reasons David voted for Meeks was because he believes that the congressman will help to unify the party and push it forward.

“He is the person who can help unify the party,” said David. “Everyone I know has a Meeks story.”

Elizabeth Crowley, the cousin of former Chairman Joe Crowley who stepped down from his role last month and the 38th Assembly District Leader, also voted for Meeks.

“Congratulations to Rep. Gregory Meeks on his unanimous election as chairman of Queens County Democratic Organization! As new chairman the congressman brings a new vision with the ability to grow our party stronger for today and generations to come!” tweeted Crowley.

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