|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 76), 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 mostly conservative congressman in a moderate district, King remains popular with his constituents and has been re-elected 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 is not a very conservative Republican, taking some liberal positions. He has made false attacks on conservative organizations such as the John Birch Society. Additionally, he supports a ban on semi-automatic rifles. In late July 2020, King voted to remove Civil War-era statues.
Speculation for higher office
King announced on August 31, 2009, that would 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."
- Newman, Alex (February 14, 2019). Terror Group-supporting Congressman Attacks John Birch Society. The New American. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
- Mass, Warren (August 21, 2019). Representative Pete King Is First Republican to Co-sponsor “Assault Weapons” Ban. The New American. Retrieved August 21, 2019.
- The List: 72 Republicans Vote with Democrats to Remove Civil War-Era Memorabilia from U.S. Capitol