Rep. King to relinquish chair, Rep. Thompson queries three potential replacements

After current House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said he wouldn’t retain his committee leadership come January, the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), reminded three potential replacements the committee needs more jurisdictional control.

On Nov. 15, King told Long Island Newsday that he would have to give up his chairmanship in the next session of Congress because of his party’s term limit rules. King said he has already overstayed the rule’s six-year limit. He has been committee chairman for seven years, since September 2005.

King, who was re-elected earlier this month by a large margin in his home district on Long Island, also told the newspaper he will remain on the committee as chairman of the terrorism subcommittee and again be appointed as a member of the House Intelligence Committee.