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Peter T. King
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U.S. House, New York, District 2
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PredecessorSteve Israel (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,143,432
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, New York, District 3
January 3, 1993-2013
Nassau County Comptroller
Hempstead Town Council
Bachelor'sSt. Francis College
J.D.Notre Dame University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States National Guard
Years of service1968-1973
BirthdayApril 5, 1944
Place of birthNew York, New York
Net worth$225,001
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Peter T. "Pete" King (b. April 5, 1944) 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 was the 3rd district's representative until the 2012 election when he was redistricted into district 2. King is currently serving his eleventh consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 against Vivianne Falcone.[1][2]

King is set to run for re-election in New York's 2nd congressional district on November 4, 2014.

King announced in September 2013 that he will run for president in 2016.[3]

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.[4]


After earning his J.D., King practiced law privately before and between public service.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


King serves on the following committees:[6]


King served on the following committees:[7]


Campaign themes


King listed several of his campaign themes on his website:[10]

  • "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."

George Clooney applauds King's efforts

George Clooney on October 1, 2013, applauded King as one of the "guys on the right," saying he's trying to get the government back up and running.[11]

Clooney said, "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."[11]

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."[12]

King expressed concern about some of Cruz's supporters who have 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."[13]

Criticism of Rand Paul

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

King made remarks in July 2013 that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is leading the Republican Party in a dangerous direction and compared him to 1972 Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern.[14]

“When you have Rand Paul actually comparing (NSA leaker Edward) Snowden to Martin Luther King or Henry David Thoreau, this is madness,” King said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “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."[14]

King also said it was “disturbing” that 94 of the 234 House Republicans voted for a measure that would have defunded the National Security Agency’s phone record collection program.[14]

King, the former House homeland security committee chairman, has suggested he might run for president in 2016, if for no other reason than to be a voice in opposition to Paul’s foreign policy views.[14]

“Aid to Egypt has nothing to do with aid to Long Island, or New Jersey. They’re two separate issues and he should know the difference between Egypt, Long Island and New York … Sen. Paul claims to be a great friend of Israel but yesterday the ambassador to Israel … said that continuing American aid to Egypt is essential to maintain the peace process and maintain the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement that was negotiated under President Carter over 30 years ago,” King said in an interview. “So it’s very easy to say ‘cut this, cut that,’ you can have an intelligence debate about it, but so far he hasn’t shown very much intelligence.”[15]

King also argued Rand Paul and his libertarian-leaning views on foreign policy were making "America the enemy."[16] "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," King said in an interview on CNN on August 1, 2013.[16]

American response to Syria

King said on August 26, 2013, that President Barack Obama as commander in chief “has the right to take” military action in Syria without congressional authorization.[17]

“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,” King said. “It’s in his interest to consult with the leadership in the House and Senate, but I don’t believe he has to.”[17]

King, who said he has not been contacted by the White House on the issue, said the United States must now act in Syria.[17]

“Allies in the region, adversaries in the region, are going to look so we have to take action,” he said. “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.” The congressman added that “right now, I would not put American lives at risk.”[17]

“Especially after what Secretary Kerry said, we have to act,” he said. “I’m not certain where this is going to lead, but once that red line has been crossed, once chemical weapons have been used, I believe the president has to take action.”[17]

King noted “the president should not have set a red line unless he knew what he was going to do,” but “having drawn that red line we have no choice, I feel now, to take firm, strong action.”[17]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[18]



See also: New York's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

King is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


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 is now the 2nd district, and 2nd district incumbent Steve Israel is now running in the 3rd district. King ran as a Republican, and was also on the Tax Revolt Party, Conservative Party and Independence Party tickets. He was unopposed in each and moved on to the general election November 6, 2012.[19] He was unopposed in the those three primaries and faced Democrat Vivianne Falcone in the November general election.[20] He won re-election on November 6, 2012.[21]

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

Comprehensive donor information for King is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, King raised a total of $8,143,432 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 23, 2013.[32]

Peter King's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 2) Won $1,812,860
2010 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 3) Won $1,713,817
2008 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 3) Won $1,791,786
2006 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 3) Won $1,474,510
2004 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 3) Won $559,034
2000 U.S. House of Representatives (New York, District 3) Won $791,425
Grand Total Raised $8,143,432

Individual breakdown


Candidates for Congress are 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.[33]

Peter T. King (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$2,415,557.07$36,668.30$(98,742.96)$2,353,482.41
July Quarterly[35]July 14, 2013$2,353,919.33$247,246.19$(64,228.29)$2,536,937.23
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of King's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

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.[36]

Cost per vote

King spent $8.47 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of King's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
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.[37]
U.S. House of Representatives, New York's 2nd Congressional District, 2010 - Peter King Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,713,817
Total Spent $955,292
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $83,541
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $2,619
Top contributors to Peter King's campaign committee
Corbett Construction$12,400
General Dynamics$12,250
Park Strategies$11,050
Goldman Sachs$11,000
Knott Partners$10,700
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$93,060
Lawyers/Law Firms$83,750
Real Estate$71,950
Transportation Unions$61,500


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, King is a "centrist Republican leader"[38] as of June 18, 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.[39]

King most often votes with:

King least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, King missed 340 of 13,533 roll call votes from Jan 1993 to Apr 2013, which is 2.5% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[40]

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.[41]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, King is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. King's staff was given an apparent $28,985.16 in bonus money.[42]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, King's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $150,003 to $300,000. That averages to $225,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 42.40% from 2010.[43]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, King's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $101,003 to $215,000. Averaging to a net worth of $158,001.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[44]

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. King tied with two other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 222nd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[45]


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. King tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 217th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.[46]

Percentage voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Peter King has voted with the Republican Party Cool of the time, which ranked 228 among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[47]

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King and his wife, Rosemary, reside in Seaford, New York. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.[48]

See also

External links

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  1. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  2. The Wall Street Journal
  3. Political Wire "King Say's He's Running for President", Accessed September 9, 2013
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "KING, Peter T., (1944 - )"
  5. Congressman Pete King "Biography"
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives "Committee Information"
  8. The Committee on Financial Services "Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises"
  9. U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence "Subcommittees"
  10. Campaign website "Issues"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Politico, "George Clooney praises Peter King on government shutdown," accessed October 2, 2013
  12. Politico, "Peter King to Ted Cruz: ‘Keep quiet,'" accessed September 20, 2013
  13. Politico, "Peter King: ‘Vile’ phone calls by Ted Cruz allies", accessed September 26, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Washington Post "Peter King: Rand Paul is the GOP’s George McGovern" Accessed July 31, 2013
  15. Politico "Peter King: Rand Paul ‘perpetuating this big lie’" Accessed August 5, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Real Clear Politics "Peter King: Rand Paul's Views On Foreign Policy Make "America The Enemy"" Accessed August 5, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 Politico, "Peter King: Obama has 'right' to act on Syria," accessed August 28, 2013
  18. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  19. New York Board of Elections "List of Filings for June 26, 2012 Federal Primary," Accessed May 30, 2012
  20. New York Board of Elections "2012 Candidate List" Accessed October 17, 2012
  21. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Peter King" March 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "Peter T. King Summary Report," Accessed July 30, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission "Peter T. King April Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission "Peter T. King July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Peter King 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 1, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Pete King 2010 Election Data," Accessed December 6, 2011
  38. Gov Track "King" Accessed June 18, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Peter King," Accessed August 6, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Peter King" Accessed April 2013
  41. LegiStorm, "Pete King," Accessed October 2, 2012
  42. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  43. "Dean Heller (R-Nev), 2011," accessed February 21, 2013
  44., "Pete King (R-NY), 2010," Accessed October 2, 2012
  45. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  46. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  47. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  48. Congressman Pete King "Biography"
Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Israel
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Robert J. Mrazek
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 3
Succeeded by
Steve Israel
Preceded by
Nassau County Comptroller
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hempstead Town Council
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nassau County Deputy Attorney
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