Published: Thu, February 01, 2018

Rep. Trey Gowdy says he won't seek re-election

Rep. Trey Gowdy says he won't seek re-election

He becomes the latest in a string of GOP committee chairmen who have made a decision to leave Congress as the GOP faces what could be a challenging midterm election.

"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", the 53-year-old chairman of the House Oversight Committee said. The current rankings from the University of Virginia's Center for Politics and the Cook Political Report expect that Republicans will maintain a bare majority in the House.

A former prosecutor, Gowdy rose to prominence as chairman of a special House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role in the State Department's response.

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

"Trey Gowdy exemplifies the persona of a public servant".

The House Intelligence Committee was expected to release a memo today written with Gowdy's help that purported to show wrongdoing by members of the FBI investigating Trump's campaign.

Gowdy's full statement is below.

"There is a time to come and a time to go", Mr. Gowdy wrote on Twitter, adding in a statement that he did not plan to file for re-election in the coming weeks.

Other Republican members of Congress and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, formerly the Governor of SC, all praised Gowdy.

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