|U.S. Representative from New York's 3rd District|
From: January 3, 1993 - Present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Peter T. King, born April 5, 1944 (age 73), is a Republican U.S. Representative for the New York state's 3rd Congressional District, which represents eastern Nassau County and western Suffolk County in Long Island. King is Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee and also serves on the Financial Services Committee. Despite being a conservative congressman in a moderate district, King remains popular with his constituents and has been reelected numerous times by large margins.
Congressman King is well known for being a leader in the ongoing effort to have Homeland Security funding based on threat analysis and is a strong supporter of the war against international terrorism.
King announced on Aucgust 31, 2009, that will not challenge appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in 2010. "The reality is that a statewide Democratic candidate starts the race with a voter registration edge of almost 3 million," King explained. "To overcome such a large margin, there would have to be intensive media coverage of the race and I would need to raise at least $30 million.... I would have run if Caroline Kennedy were the Democratic candidate. Her candidacy would have generated the media coverage and financial contributions necessary for me to run a competitive race. That's all I would have hoped for. Once the race became competitive, it would have been up to me to win it by contrasting my blue collar conservatism with her Manhattan liberalism."