United States House Committee on Homeland Security

The United States House Committee on Homeland Security is a standing committee of the House of Representatives of the United States. The current chairman is Michael McCaul (R -TX), leader of the opposition ( Ranking Member) is Bennie Thompson (D -MS)


The Committee was established on 19 June 2002 of the 107th Congress and initially had only the task of drawing up proposals for the construction of a 2001 Department of Homeland Security in the light of the terrorist attacks on September 11. In the next legislative session ( 108th Congress ), the mandate was renewed as a parliamentary supervision of the activities of the Department was required after the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security. Finally, the Committee became a permanent status on January 4, 2005.


The House Committee on Homeland Security has, to edit, to approve or reject the task of draft laws relating to the security of the United States. Moreover, the Committee has the right to conduct hearings on security and summon witnesses.

Members ( 113th Congress )

Currently, the following sub-committees exist ( Subcommittees ):

Former members ( 112th Congress )

  • Peter T. King, New York, Chairman
  • Lamar S. Smith, Texas
  • Dan Lungren, California
  • Mike D. Rogers, Alabama
  • Michael McCaul, Texas
  • Gus Bilirakis, Florida
  • Paul Broun, Georgia
  • Candice Miller, Michigan
  • Tim Walberg, Michigan
  • Chip Cravaack, Minnesota
  • Joe Walsh, Illinois
  • Pat Meehan, Pennsylvania
  • Ben Quayle, Arizona
  • Scott Rigell, Virginia
  • Billy Long, Missouri
  • Jeff Duncan, South Carolina
  • Tom Marino, Pennsylvania
  • Blake Farenthold, Texas
  • Bob Turner, New York
  • Bennie Thompson, Mississippi, Ranking Member
  • Loretta Sanchez, California
  • Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas
  • Henry Cuellar, Texas
  • Yvette Clarke, New York
  • Laura Richardson, California
  • Danny K. Davis, Illinois
  • Brian Higgins, New York
  • Jackie Speier, California
  • Cedric Richmond, Louisiana
  • Hansen Clarke, Michigan
  • William R. Keating, Massachusetts
  • Kathy Hochul, New York
  • Janice Hahn, California

It had the following sub-committees ( subcommittees ):

Former Chairman

  • Peter T. King (R -NY), 2005-2012
  • Christopher Cox ( R -CA), 2002-2005
  • Peter T. King ( R -NY), 2005-2006
  • Bennie Thompson (D -MS), 2007-2011