Gowdy won't seek re-election, rules out other political offices

Posted February 01, 2018

Another one bites the dust!

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican and the fiery former chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, announced Wednesday he won't seek re-election in 2018.

The South Carolina congressman also took a leading role in the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of the 2011 attack on a USA embassy in Benghazi, Libya.

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.

It was the committee's probe that revealed Clinton used a private email server for government work, prompting an FBI investigation that proved to be an albatross in her presidential campaign.

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Gowdy, who is finishing his fourth term, was first elected in 2010 after a contentious battle with former Rep. "As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding", said the statement.

"Words can not adequately express my gratitude to the people of SC for the privilege of representing them in the House of Representatives. All are needed for those in public service", Gowdy said.

Earlier this month after five years on the House Ethics Committee, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who made his name on the House Oversight Committee while investigating the attack on the USA embassy in Benghazi, stepped down from the former committee, citing his "workload" as the chair of the Oversight Committee while serving on the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees.

In closed-door interviews, he has been the chief questioner for the Republicans on the committee, relying on his prosecutorial experience to cross examine numerous witnesses.

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