“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,” he added.
I must say, Trey Gowdy’s announcement comes as a shock to many people. He is well respected and not someone we want to see go.
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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.
His seat is relatively safe from going to a Democrat. However, this will leave us without his strong leadership in Congress. Whoever runs for that position will have some big shoes to fill!
Gowdy currently leads the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. His departure will open up a plum position at the top of the committee’s GOP leadership — either the chairmanship or the ranking member position if the Democrats win control of the House after the 2018 midterms.
Before that, Gowdy led the House Select Committee on Benghazi, the controversial committee that investigated the 2012 deaths of four Americans stationed in Benghazi, Libya.
While he has not elaborated on what his plans are, he did mention that he was going back to the “justice system.” We will all eagerly await to see what his next move will be.
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