In the election, Vaz was challenged for the position by his Labour party colleague and former Home Office minister Fiona McTaggert.
In his application, Vaz said that he is a "genuine and passionate believer in the scrutinising role of Parliament", a role that is predicated on detailed and fair scrutiny of the executive.
The Home Affairs Select Committee scrutinises the work of the Home Office in dealing with areas such as counter terrorism, policing, immigration and the justice and home affairs agenda of the EU.
Vaz is the longest-serving Asian MP and has been the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee since July 2007.
Vaz, now 58, was born in Goa and moved to England when he was just 9 years old.Follow IndiaNewsBulletin on Facebook Follow Archana Venkatraman on Google+