Rep. King to run Homeland Security panel

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was chosen as the new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee in a vote by Republican committee members held Sept. 14. He replaces Christopher Cox, who gave up both his chairmanship and House seat this summer when President Bush nominated him to become head of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

King beat out several other representatives vying for the position, including Don Young (Alaska), currently chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Curt Weldon (Pa.), vice chairman of both the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.

The Republican Conference was scheduled to vote on ratifying the selection after press time.

King has represented his New York district for seven terms. He had been chairman of the committee's Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology Subcommittee.

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