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Peter T. King
Peter T. King.jpg
U.S. House, New York, District 2
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 22
PredecessorSteve Israel (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$8.53 in 2014
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$9,451,701
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 3
January 3, 1993-2013
Nassau County Comptroller
Hempstead Town Council
Nassau County Deputy Attorney
Bachelor'sSt. Francis College
J.D.Notre Dame University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States National Guard
Years of service1968-1973
Date of birthApril 5, 1944
Place of birthNew York, New York
Net worth(2012) $325,001.50
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website


Peter T. "Pete" King (b. April 5, 1944, in New York, NY) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New York's 2nd Congressional District. King was first elected to the House in 1992 representing New York's 3rd Congressional District. He served as the 3rd District's representative until the 2012 election, when he was redistricted into the 2nd District. King is currently serving his 12th consecutive term, having won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014 to represent the 2nd Congressional District of New York.[1]

King is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2016. He had previously announced in September 2013 that he would run for president in 2016, but had not said anything further on the subject.[2]

Prior offices held by King have been Nassau County Comptroller and member of the Hempstead Town Council.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, King is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


King was born in New York, New York. He earned a B.A. from St. Francis College in 1965 and a J.D. from Notre Dame University in 1968.[3]

After earning his J.D., King practiced law privately before and between public service.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of King's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from New York's 2nd Congressional District
  • 1993-2013: U.S. Representative from New York's 3rd Congressional District
  • 1981-1993: Comptroller in Nassau County, NY
  • 1977-1981: Member of the Hempstead town council
  • 1972-1974: Deputy attorney for Nassau County, NY
  • 1968-1973: Served in the United States Army National Guard
  • 1968: Earned J.D. from Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, IN
  • 1965: Earned B.A. from St. Francis College, Brooklyn Heights, NY

Committee assignments

U.S. House


King serves on the following committees:[5]


King served on the following committees:[6]


King served on the following committees:[7]

Key votes

114th Congress


The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[10] For more information pertaining to King's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, voted against the resolution. King voted with 225 other Republicans to approve the bill.[12][13][14]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. King voted with 222 other Republican representatives to approve the bill.[15][16]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[17] For more information pertaining to King's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[18]

National security


Yea3.png King supported HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[19]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png King supported HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[19]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.pngKing opposed House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[19]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png King supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[20] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[19]


See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Yea3.png King supported the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[21] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[22]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[23] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[24] King voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[23]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[25] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. King voted for HR 2775.[26]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png King supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[27] The vote largely followed party lines.[28]


Repealing Obamacare

Yea3.png King supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[29]

Social issues


Yea3.png King supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill was to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[30]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[31] King joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[32][33]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png King voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[34]


On The Issues Vote Match

Peter King's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, King is a Populist-Leaning Conservative. King received a score of 13 percent on social issues and 74 percent on economic issues.[35] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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Campaign themes


King listed several of his campaign themes on his website:[36]

  • "Pete King strongly supports the PATRIOT Act, wiretapping foreign terrorists and allowing the CIA to carry out tough interrogations of foreign terrorists. Pete has fought hard to increase Homeland Security funding for police and firefighters in New York City and on Long Island. During his time as Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Pete was responsible for the passage of historic legislation regarding port security, chemical plant security and restructuring the nation’s emergency response system. As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, Pete opposed President Obama’s decision to close Guantánamo and restrict interrogations of terrorists. As Chairman he will hold hearings on Muslim radicalization.
  • Congressman King has fought for greater homeland security funding for fire departments throughout our district. Pete proudly serves as Co-Chairman of the Congressional Fire Caucus.
  • Pete King was a leader in passing the Zadroga 9/11 Healthcare bill (HR 847) on behalf of rescue workers and others who were at Ground Zero and have become seriously ill from the toxins which they inhaled during the recovery effort and in the days and weeks following the attacks.
  • As Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee Pete King works closely with the NYPD and the Nassau and Suffolk County Police Departments. Congressman King has obtained millions of dollars in Homeland Security funds for these departments.
  • Congressman King knows that we must secure our borders and stop illegal immigration. Pete sponsored the law to construct a 700 mile fence along the border with Mexico and supports hiring thousands more border patrol agents, utilizing the most advanced military technology and equipment at the border and imposing heavy fines and prison sentences for companies that hire illegal immigrants. Pete opposes amnesty for the illegal immigrants living in our country.
  • Congressman King is a strong supporter of preserving Social Security and providing expanded prescription drug coverage for senior citizens. Pete also supports legislation to make elder abuse a federal crime so that we can protect the hundreds of thousands of elderly Americans who are exploited, abused or neglected each year. Pete would also require background checks for health care workers and setting up data bases for elder abuse, similar to the registries we now have for child abuse.
  • Congressman King has always been a strong supporter of our Armed Forces. Pete has traveled to battle zones in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia to meet with our troops and has consistently voted to improve their pay and benefits. He has been a leader in the fight to support our returning troops by sponsoring The Returning Soldiers Bill of Rights Act and bringing veterans benefits into the 21st century.
  • Pete King has been a dedicated and effective leader in the war against breast cancer throughout his years in Congress. Pete has supported legislation to increase Medicare reimbursements for screening and diagnostic mammographies; fund research centers to study the relationship between the environment and breast cancer; and require insurance companies to guarantee at least 48 hours hospital care after a mastectomy."

Edward Snowden

King lashed out at the New York Times following an editorial that they published in January 2014, calling for clemency for Edward Snowden. King said, "Edward Snowden is either a traitor, or a defector, or both, and The New York Times is an accomplice. They’re a disgrace. Their editors are a disgrace, and I wish they cared more about America than they did about the rights of terrorists’ appeasers." He defended the NSA, saying they did nothing illegal, and he claimed Snowden had risked American lives with his revelations. King added that the Times did not care "...about American lives being lost. They have this narrow, liberal, left-wing ideological point of view."[37]

American response to Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 26, 2013, King stated that he believed President Barack Obama could legally take military action in Syria even without the authorization of the U.S. Congress.[38] King explained, “Let me make it clear: I believe the president can take this action without authorization from the Congress, I believe he has, as commander in chief, he has the right to take this action. It’s in his interest to consult with the leadership in the House and Senate, but I don’t believe he has to.”[38]

King also declared that the U.S. had no choice but to act immediately and forcefully in Syria, stating, “Allies in the region, adversaries in the region, are going to look so we have to take action. I believe that cruise missiles would be the best at this stage both as far as destroying the chemical weapons locations and also, as far as taking out command and control locations. But having said that, I am still not a big advocate for the rebels because I believe that in the last year or so they’ve become largely controlled or significantly controlled by Al Qaeda elements. If the president had taken action two years ago, we would be a lot better off.”[38]

Criticism of Rand Paul

Peter King (R-NY) speaking about Rand Paul in an interview on CNN on August 1, 2013.

July 2013: King appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union" in July 2013, discussing his opinion of Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) political views. According to King, Paul was a danger to the Republican Party. King compared Paul to 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern, saying, “When you have Rand Paul actually comparing (NSA leaker Edward) Snowden to Martin Luther King or Henry David Thoreau, this is madness. This is the anti-war, left-wing Democrats of the 1960s that nominated George McGovern and destroyed their party for almost 20 years. I don’t want that to happen to our party."[39]

King also said that he was disturbed by the fact that 94 out of 234 House Republicans had voted for an amendment to defund the National Security Agency (NSA)'s program to collect phone records.[39]

King even mentioned that he was considering a run for president in 2016 in order to oppose Paul's stance on foreign policy.[39]

August 2013: King spoke on CNN again in August 2013, arguing that Rand Paul's isolationist perspective with regards to foreign policy was making "America the enemy."[40] King stated, "He wants to retreat from the world. He wants to isolate ourselves, go back to a fortress America. The Republicans had this debate back in the 1930s, when you had the isolationist and the Charles Lindberghs, and the Democrats had it in the 1960s when the anti-war movement blamed America first. In both cases it hurt the party for years."[40]

January 2014: After Sen. Paul announced that he would seek a class-action lawsuit against the NSA over its domestic data-collection policies, King appeared on Fox News to say that Paul "doesn't deserved to be in the United States Senate." He continued, "To me, either he's totally uninformed or he's part of that hate America crowd that I thought left us in the 1960s."[41]

To Ted Cruz: "Keep Quiet"

In response to Sen. Ted Cruz's effort to force a government shutdown over Obamacare, King publicly chastised Cruz for trying to influence the House. King continued, "We are going to lose this. It’s a wing within our party led by people like Ted Cruz who have been, as far as I’m concerned, carrying out a fraud with the people…They know it’s not going to win."[42]

King expressed concern about some of Cruz's supporters who had been calling King's office to lodge complaints. He told MSNBC, "The vehemence of the phone calls coming into the office. I don’t care, people can call me whatever they want … I haven’t heard such vile, profane, obscene language." He added, "I’m not saying Ted Cruz is responsible for all his supporters, but he has tapped into a dark strain here in the American political psyche here, and again, the most obscene, profane stuff you can imagine all from people who say they support the Constitution. I think what we have to do is reach out to his people and let them know that they’re following a false leader here."[43]

In an interview with Politico, King explained his frustration with his Republican colleagues who supported the shutdown. He said, "I don’t consider these guys conservatives. I think the party is going in an isolationist trend. It’s appealing to the lowest common denominator in many ways. And this whole threat of defunding the government, to me, is not conservative at all."[44]

George Clooney applauds King's efforts

On October 1, 2013, George Clooney praised King for being one of the "guys on the right" who tried to end the government shutdown and get the government running normally again.[45]

Clooney stated, "I know for a fact that there's a lot of guys on the right, Peter King, for instance, and some people like that, who are also doing the best they can to stop this from happening or to put an end to it...You just hope that it happens soon."[45]

Sandy aid

King remained bitter over opposition from fellow Republicans over Hurricane Sandy aid. He told Politico, "politicians walk around with their arms around each other saying how much they love their colleague, like guys always did to me until they screwed me on Sandy." King noted that Republicans in Colorado sought aid from the federal government for floods in their state, but the same congressmen voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy.[44]

Leadership style

According to Marty Meehan, a former Democratic congressman, "Peter’s perspective, given his background, given the fact that he’s from Long Island and New York — a Reagan Democrat is how I’d describe him — means he’s right a lot more often than he’s wrong in terms of the trend for Republicans."[44]

According to Democratic Senator Charlie Rangel, King acts as his own person, regardless of party affiliation. He said, "Oh, Peter’s an old Irishman. If he was in our party, he would be doing the same thing — terribly independent and honest and sincere."[44]




See also: Peter King possible presidential campaign, 2016 and Presidential election, 2016

King is considered a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016. In September 2013, King became the first candidate to publicly state that he was running for president in 2016, although he did not formally declare his candidacy.[46] During an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer in May 2014, King confirmed that he was considering a presidential bid in 2016. When asked whether or not he would run, King responded, "I'm certainly looking at it. I'll be back in New Hampshire on June 21st. And when I saw Hillary Clinton yesterday, I told her to get ready. ...I'm looking at this because I see people like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz and, to me, I don't want the Republican Party going in that direction."[47] Later, in December 2014, King made a similar comment, saying, "I don't want the field to be dominated by people like Rand Paul." King labeled Paul an "isolationist" and Cruz a "nihilist."[48]


See also: New York's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

In 2014, King won re-election to the U.S. House to represent New York's 2nd District. King ran uncontested for the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party nominations in the primary election on June 24, 2014. He defeated Patricia M. Maher (D) and William D. Stevenson (G) in the general election.[49] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter King Incumbent 64.9% 95,177
     Democratic Patricia M. Maher 28.5% 41,814
     Green William D. Stevenson 1.6% 2,281
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 5% 7,345
Total Votes 146,617
Source: New York State Board of Elections


See also: New York's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

King ran for re-election in 2012. Because of New York's redistricting, King's territory became the 2nd District, and 2nd District incumbent Steve Israel ran instead in the 3rd District. King ran as a Republican and was also on the Tax Revolt Party, Conservative Party and Independence Party tickets.[50] He was unopposed in all three primaries and faced Democrat Vivianne Falcone in the November general election.[51] He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[52]

U.S. House, New York District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Vivianne Falcone 36.8% 99,955
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPeter T. King Incumbent 52.2% 141,950
     N/A Blank/Void/Scattering 11% 29,927
Total Votes 271,832
Source: New York State Board of Elections "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events King attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for King is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, King raised a total of $9,451,701 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 16, 2015.[63]

Peter King's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (New York, District 2) Won $1,308,269
2012 U.S. House (New York, District 2) Won $1,812,860
2010 U.S. House (New York, District 3) Won $1,713,817
2008 U.S. House (New York, District 3) Won $1,791,786
2006 U.S. House (New York, District 3) Won $1,474,510
2004 U.S. House (New York, District 3) Won $559,034
2000 U.S. House (New York, District 3) Won $791,425
Grand Total Raised $9,451,701

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


King won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, King's campaign committee raised a total of $1,308,269 and spent $811,981.[64] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[65]

Cost per vote

King spent $8.53 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, New York District 2, 2014 - Peter King Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,308,269
Total Spent $811,981
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $10,987
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $11,610
Top contributors to Peter King's campaign committee
New York University$19,800
Castagna Realty$14,500
NYU Langone Medical Center$14,150
Winthrop Realty Trust$13,000
General Dynamics$12,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$115,350
Securities & Investment$95,210
Lawyers/Law Firms$60,000
Building Trade Unions$57,500

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Peter T. King’s reports.[66]


King won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, King's campaign committee raised a total of $1,812,860 and spent $1,201,207.[75]

Cost per vote

King spent $8.47 per vote received in 2012.


King was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a tenth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,713,817 and spent $955,292.[76]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Kings's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $200,003 and $450,000. That averages to $325,001.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. King ranked as the 310th most wealthy representative in 2012.[77] Between 2004 and 2012, King's calculated net worth[78] increased by an average of 16 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[79]

Peter King Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:132%
Average annual growth:16%[80]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[81]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). King received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 1991-2014, 23.84 percent of King's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[82]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Peter King Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $11,586,988
Total Spent $8,872,867
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$662,912
Securities & Investment$654,460
Real Estate$539,090
Building Trade Unions$454,900
Transportation Unions$450,850
% total in top industry5.72%
% total in top two industries11.37%
% total in top five industries23.84%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, King was a "centrist Republican leader" as of August 2014.[83] This was the same rating King received in June 2013.

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[84]

King most often votes with:

King least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, King missed 363 of 14,551 roll call votes from January 1993 to August 2014. This amounts to 2.5 percent, which is the same as the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of August 2014.[83]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. King paid his congressional staff a total of $796,251 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[85]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, King was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. King's staff was given an apparent $28,985.16 in bonus money.[86]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


King ranked 214th in the liberal rankings in 2013. Although he is a Republican, King's liberal ranking was higher than his conservative ranking.[87]


King ranked 222nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[88]


King ranked 217th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[89]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


King voted with the Republican Party 86.3 percent of the time, which ranked 223rd among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[90]


King lists his religious affiliation as Roman Catholic.[91]

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  79. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  80. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  81. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Steve Israel
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 2
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Robert J. Mrazek
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 3
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Steve Israel
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Nassau County Comptroller
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Hempstead Town Council
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