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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]


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).


2013-2014 (113th Congress)

Committee on Homeland Security Members, 2013-2014
Democratic members (14)Republican members (18)
Bennie Thompson (Mississippi) Ranking memberMichael McCaul (Texas) Chair
Loretta Sanchez (California) Lamar S. Smith (Texas)
Sheila Jackson-Lee (Texas) Peter T. King (New York)
Yvette D. Clarke (New York) Mike Rogers (Alabama)
Brian Higgins (New York) Paul C. Broun (Georgia)
Cedric Richmond (Louisiana) Candice S. Miller (Michigan)
William R. Keating (Massachusetts) Patrick Meehan (Pennsylvania)
Filemon Vela (Texas) Jeff Duncan (South Carolina)
Ron Barber (Arizona) Tom Marino (Pennsylvania)
Donald Payne (New Jersey) Jason Chaffetz (Utah)
Beto O'Rourke (Texas) Steven Palazzo (Mississippi)
Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii) Lou Barletta (Pennsylvania)
Steven Horsford (Nevada) Chris Stewart (Utah)
Eric Swalwell (California) Keith Rothfus (Pennsylvania)
Richard Hudson (North Carolina)
Steve Daines (Montana)
Susan Brooks (Indiana)
Scott Perry (Pennsylvania)

2011-2012 (112th Congress)


Border and Maritime Security

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

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

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

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

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

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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