South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy got some huge news today when he was chosen by the Republican Steering Committee as the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“I am grateful to the Steering Committee and the Conference as a whole for this opportunity to serve,” Gowdy said in a statement, according to Fox News. “I look forward to working alongside the other Committee members, as well as any member of Congress, as we discharge the jurisdiction assigned to us.”
He is replacing Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who is resigning from Congress at the end of June. Chaffetz released a statement of his own today expressing his support for Gowdy.
“Trey Gowdy is the right person for the job,” Chaffetz said in a statement. “He has a long history of demanding accountability, upholding transparency, and relentlessly pursuing the truth. Under his capable leadership, the Committee will continue to work towards ensuring effectiveness and efficiency throughout the federal government. As his friend and colleague, I have every confidence in his abilities moving forward.”
A former federal prosecutor, Gowdy was known as a fierce critic of the Obama administration who also led a two-year inquiry into the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya. In his new position, he will be leading oversight of the Trump administration, including an upcoming investigation of possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign.
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