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The United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security is a standing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The committee was created in 2002, acquiring permanent status in 2005.[1]


114th Congress

The committee chairman in the 114th Congress is Michael McCaul (R).

113th congress

Michael T. McCaul (R) was appointed committee chair in the 113th Congress.[2]

112th congress

The committee chair in the 112th Congress was Peter T. King (R).


2015-2016 (114th Congress)

Committee on Homeland Security Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (11)Republican members (18)
Bennie Thompson (Mississippi) Ranking MemberMichael McCaul (Texas) Chairman
Loretta Sanchez (California) Lamar S. Smith (Texas)
Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) Peter T. King (New York)
Brian Higgins (New York) Mike Rogers (Alabama)
Cedric Richmond (Louisiana) Candice S. Miller (Michigan)
William R. Keating (Massachusetts) Jeff Duncan (South Carolina)
Donald Payne (New Jersey) Tom Marino (Pennsylvania)
Filemon Vela (Texas) Steven Palazzo (Mississippi)
Bonnie Watson Coleman (New Jersey) Lou Barletta (Pennsylvania)
Kathleen M. Rice (New York) Scott Perry (Pennsylvania)
Norma Torres (California) Curt Clawson (Florida)
John Katko (New York)
Will Hurd (Texas)
Buddy Carter (Georgia)
Mark Walker (North Carolina)
Barry Loudermilk (Georgia)
Martha McSally (Arizona)
John Ratcliffe (Texas)

2013-2014 (113th Congress)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)

Committee legislation

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the legislation coming out of each committee.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Border and Maritime Security

Subcommittee on Border, Maritime Security Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (5)Republican members (7)
Filemon Vela Ranking MemberCandice Miller Chairman
Loretta Sanchez Lamar Smith
Sheila Jackson Lee Mike Rogers
Brian Higgins Jeff Duncan
Norma Torres Lou Barletta
Will Hurd
Martha McSally

Jurisdiction: border security programs including efforts to achieve operational control of the border; Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), and the U.S. Coast Guard; border smuggling and trafficking of drugs, human, currency, weapons and other illicit materials; security screening and facilitation of international travelers and commerce; the U.S. VISIT program; and global supply chain security.[3]

Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Subcommittee on Counterterriorism and Intelligence Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (3)Republican members (5)
Brian Higgins Ranking MemberPete King Chairman
William Keating Candice Miller
Filemon Vela Lou Barletta
John Katko
Will Hurd

Jurisdiction: intelligence and information sharing efforts within the Department of Homeland Security, including the Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the intelligence functions of component agencies; terrorist travel and financing; information sharing with Federal, State, local, and Tribal law enforcement; fusion centers; terrorism threat advisories and warnings; classification issues; and the United States Secret Service.[3]

Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (4)Republican members (7)
Cedric Richmond Ranking MemberJohn Ratcliffe Chairman
Loretta Sanchez Mike Rogers
Sheila Jackson Lee Peter King
James Langevin Tom Marino
Steven Palazzo
Scott Perry
Curt Clawson

Jurisdiction: cybersecurity; critical infrastructure protection; securing government infrastructure assets; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear detection programs, including Securing the Cities; the Science and Technology Directorate; the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office; the SAFTEY Act; and the Federal Protective Service.[3]

Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (3)Republican members (5)
Donald Payne Ranking MemberMartha McSally Chairman
Bonnie Watson Coleman Tom Marino
Kathleen M. Rice Steven Palazzo
Mark Walker
Barry Loudermilk

Jurisdiction: public and private sector mitigation, prevention, preparedness, and response efforts in response to acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies; the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Department of Homeland Security administered grants; preparedness and response capabilities for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks; the Office of Health Affairs; the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center; emergency communications including interoperability, operability, and the activities of the Office of Emergency Communications.[3]

Oversight, Investigations, and Management

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (3)Republican members (5)
Bonnie Watson Coleman Ranking MemberScott Perry Chairman
Cedric Richmond Jeff Duncan
Norma Torres Curt Clawson
Buddy Carter
Barry Loudermilk

Jurisdiction: conducting investigations and general oversight of homeland security programs; oversight over management, financial, information technology, and procurement functions within the Department of Homeland Security and its component agencies; the Department’s Privacy Office and Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; workforce issues; and the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act at the Department.[3]

Transportation Security

Subcommittee on Transportation Security Members, 2015-2016
Democratic members (3)Republican members (5)
Kathleen M. Rice Ranking MemberJohn Katko Chairman
William Keating Mike Rogers
Donald Payne Buddy Carter
Mark Walker
John Ratcliffe

Jurisdiction: Transportation Security Administration; aviation security, including passenger screening, air cargo security, checkpoint and checked baggage technologies, and general aviation security; mass transit security; cargo and passenger rail security; trucking security; pipeline security; use of the No-fly Watchlist and selectee list.[3]


According to the official House website, the jurisdiction of the Homeland Security committee includes the following:

  1. secure the nation’s critical infrastructure, our borders and our ports.
  2. continue to improve the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond to any disasters we may encounter by ensuring that first responders have the training, tools and guidance they need to do their jobs.
  3. oversee the Department of Homeland Security we will continue to ensure that each agency within the Department is running smoothly and efficiently
  4. improving the governance and accountability of the Department of Homeland Security


U.S. House of Representatives H2-176 Ford House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 226-8417
Fax: (202) 226-3399

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