Breaking: Congressman Trey Gowdy to Call It Quits

In a surprise announcement yesterday, firebrand Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) announced he’s retiring from Congress and will not seek re-election in November.

It’s a major shake-up in particular for the House Oversight Committee wherein Gowdy’s reputation for hard-hitting questions and grilling of witnesses took on a reputation of its own.

After his election in 2010, Gowdy faced down Hillary Clinton during congressional hearings leading the charge as Chairman of the Select Committee on the Benghazi investigation.

He will be sorely missed.

Here’s more from GroupState…

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, saying his skills “are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress.”

Gowdy, who is finishing his fourth term, was first elected in 2010 after a contentious battle with former Rep. Bob Inglis.

Gowdy’s full statement is below.

The Herald-Journal will update this article later today.

“Words cannot adequately express my gratitude to the people of South Carolina for the privilege of representing them in the House of Representatives. The Upstate of South Carolina has an incredible depth and breadth of assets including numerous women and men capable of representing us. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve in the People’s House and—prior to Congress—to advocate on behalf of justice in our court systems.

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