King, a former chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said he is running for re-election to continue fighting for counterterrorism measures, including federal funding to local law enforcement agencies and fire departments. He has advocated “increased surveillance of Muslim communities” in response to attacks inspired by the Islamic State terrorist group, saying the practice is “not profiling or racist; it is common-sense police work.” King said he has been able to work with lawmakers in both major parties. “I’m a conservative Republican, but I’ve fought hard for Long Island and worked with Democrats like [Suffolk County Executive] Steve Bellone and [Babylon Supervisor] Rich Schaffer” on issues including superstorm Sandy aid and federal funding for local school districts with large numbers of immigrant students.
King, 72, of Seaford, is running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Tax Revolt lines. He has a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis College Brooklyn and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. King, a 12-term congressman, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. He serves on the House Homeland Security, Intelligence and Financial Services committees. King served on the Hempstead Town Council from 1977 to 1981 and as Nassau County comptroller from 1981 to 1992. King is married with two grown children.