From the NYTimes article 'Democratic Broom Doesn’t Sweep Clean'
"Mr. King — Long Island’s only Republican congressman — beat back a challenge from David Mejias, a Democratic Nassau County legislator. Mr. King had 56 percent of the vote, down from 63 percent two years ago.
But his victory was bittersweet. Because his party lost control of the House, Mr. King forfeits his coveted post as chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. “It’s better to be in the majority,” he said."