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Peter King Steps Down As House Homeland Security Chairman...

Peter King Steps Down As House Homeland Security Chairman...

 Reuters

Reuters

Republican Rep. Peter King has officially announced he will step down as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

The New York congressman must resign because of party rules that limit committee chairmanships to six years, and King has already had a one-year extension that he is now finishing.

He made the announcement Saturday to the New York Daily News, and no short list of names has emerged as a possible replacement in the Republican-controlled House. However, Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, has been mentioned as a potential replacement.

Should Attorney General Eric Holder resign and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano take his place, as speculated, King would appear qualified for the post. However, President Obama will likely appoint a fellow Democrat.

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