Gowdy on Wednesday did not elaborate about his future plans outside of the reference to the “justice system.” He’s a former assistant U.S. attorney who served as a county solicitor in his home state of South Carolina before running for Congress in 2010.
Gowdy’s name has regularly been tossed around as a potential pick by the Trump administration to fill a judicial appointment. While he’s denied that speculation in the past, a vacancy on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over South Carolina, opened up just one day before Gowdy announced his retirement.
Gowdy sent out word of his retirement less than an hour after Republican lawmakers headed to a retreat by train crashed into a truck, killing at least one of the passengers of the truck and causing minor injuries to those on board the train. A Gowdy spokeswoman told The Hill that the congressman was not on the train and hadn’t planned to attend the retreat.
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