Republican Trey Gowdy Announces Retirement From Congress: 'This Is The Right Time'

On Wednesday, Rep.Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who serves as the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced his retirement from Congress.

“I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office; instead I will be returning to the justice system,” said Gowdy in a statement released on social media. "Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system. As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.”

The federal prosecutor was elected to serve as a congressman in 2010. He quickly became a rising star in the GOP with his work investigating the rife corruption within the Obama Administration on the Oversight Committee.

Gowdy played a huge role probing the Benghazi scandal surrounding then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, serving as the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. ​He also played a vital role looking into Mrs. Clinton's private email practices.

Recently, the congressman has been fighting to publicly release the House Intelligence Committee FISA memo on alleged surveillance abuses, notes Fox News.

Gowdy's seat will almost certainly be filled by another Republican, notes The Hill. "His retirement will breathe life into the fourth district's GOP primary, as no substantial candidate had been willing to challenge Gowdy. The seat is almost certain to remain in Republican hands—President Trump won the district by 26 points in 2016 and voters haven't elected a Democrat to the House in that seat in more than two decades," says the outlet.

The 53-year-old is just one of the latest committee chairs leaving their post at the end of the year, via Fox News:

They include: Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas; Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California; Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia; Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania; Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas; House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper of Mississippi; House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black of Tennessee and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen.

In a statement released on Wednesday, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers said Gowdy will be "sorely missed."

"I wish him and his family success in their future endeavors,” said Stivers. “The NRCC is confident this seat will stay solidly in Republican control in November.”


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