Congressman Michael McCaul is expected to be approved as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. The Republican lawmaker from Austin, who just won re-election to District 10, would replace Congressman Peter King of New York, who recently said he was leaving the post. The position oversees the Department of Homeland Security.
Congressman McCaul already chairs the subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management, and has been very involved in the areas of immigration, border security and anti-terror measures. House Speaker John Boehner's office says McCaul's chairmanship recommendation will be presented to the full House Republican Conference on Wednesday for approval.
Rep. Peter King released a statement Tuesday evening, congratulating Rep. McCaul on his nomination.
"I have worked with Rep. McCaul on the Committee for the past several years, and he has been a very effective leader of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management and, previously, the Intelligence Subcommittee. I know that he is committed to securing our Homeland from terrorism and ensuring that the Department of Homeland Security acts in an effective and responsible manner. I wish Congressman McCaul the best and look forward to working with him going forward."