Peter King Gets the Gavel for the House Homeland Security Committee

Dec. 17, 2010 -- The New York Times reports that Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has been chosen by Republican leadership to chair the House Committee on Homeland Security in the 112th Congress. Rep. King is currently the ranking minority member of the committee and is also a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

King represents New York's 3rd Congressional District, which includes the city of Long Beach.

The following are the top ten contributors to King's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Securities & Investment     $86,652
Lawyers/Law Firms $78,200
Real Estate $67,550
Transportation Unions $59,700
Insurance $49,700
Casinos/Gambling $37,700
Business Services $36,150
Lobbyists $35,293
General Contractors $32,650
Banks and Credit $31,900

Peter King (R-N.Y.) will replace Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson as chairman of the House Homeland Security Chairman for the 112th Congress. The following are the top ten contributors to Thompson's campaign by interest group:

Interest Contributions
Lawyers/Law Firms $159,596
Transportation Unions $80,000
Sea Transport $62,466
Casinos/Gambling $61,300
Misc Business $58,373
Defense Electronics $50,600
Public Sector Unions $48,500
Crop Production & Basic Processing       $47,650
Computers/Internet $43,550
Air Transport $41,500

Contributions above are for the last two years of available data, Oct 14, 2008 - Oct 13, 2010. Contributions from political parties and from other candidates are not included in the "Top 10" lists. Contributions data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (

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