Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy

SOUTH CAROLINA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gowdy Named Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman

2017/01/17

Washington, DC – Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after being named Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations:

“Congress has a responsibility to promote justice, order, and respect for the rule of law. I look forward to continuing to serve alongside my colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee and taking on the role of Chairman for the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.”

Background – 

    •    Prior to being elected to Congress, Trey Gowdy served as a state and federal prosecutor in South Carolina for 16 years.
    •    From 1994-2000, Trey Gowdy served as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina. During his tenure, he prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness.
    •    In April 1994, he was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.
    •    From 2000-2010, Trey Gowdy served as 7th Circuit Solicitor, which is the District Attorney for the state of South Carolina’s 7th Judicial Circuit. He led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees, where he increased the hiring of both female and minority prosecutors.
    •    As 7th Circuit Solicitor, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and dedicated Criminal Domestic Violence court, a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction as opposed to being incarcerated.
    •    He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement, and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #042eee; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #042eee}

Note: Rep. Gowdy will continue to serve on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Committee on Ethics. Additionally, Rep. Gowdy was appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence last week.

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Gowdy Statement on House Passing Obamacare Repeal Resolution

2017/01/13

Washington, DC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after voting for S. Con. Res. 3, the FY 2017 Budget Resolution which provides reconciliation instructions to facilitate action on the repeal of Obamacare.

“Obamacare is failing. Premium prices have skyrocketed, insurance companies have fled the market and BlueCross BlueShield is now the sole provider of Obamacare in South Carolina. Millions of Americans are quickly being forced off of their health insurance plans, contrary to President Obama promising if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.

Today’s vote is only the first step in repealing and replacing Obamacare. By passing this resolution, authorizing committees in both the House and Senate will begin the process of replacing the Affordable Care Act while simultaneously repealing it.

As the son of a doctor, I understand firsthand healthcare decisions are best left to individuals and their doctors rather than Washington bureaucrats and politicians. Congress is in the process of proposing market-driven, patient-centered solutions to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable healthcare.”

Background –

  • In August, Aetna announced its departure from the federal marketplace in South Carolina and 10 other states after reportedly losing $430 million from Obamacare customers in less than three years.
  • In early October, the South Carolina Department of Insurance announced BlueCross BlueShield would remain the sole provider of Obamacare in South Carolina.
  • South Carolina then became the fifth state with just one company offering health insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange.
  • Premium prices in South Carolina rose 28 percent between 2016 and 2017.
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Rep. Gowdy Joins House Intelligence Committee

2017/01/13

Washington, DC – Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after being appointed to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:

“Protecting the safety and security of our fellow citizens is the preeminent function of government. When it comes to our national security, we cannot afford to take risks. The House Intelligence Committee plays a vital role in protecting Americans both at home and abroad through conducting thorough oversight of our nation’s intelligence agencies. I look forward to joining the House Intelligence Committee and working with Chairman Nunes and my colleagues to ensure national security remains the top priority in the 115th Congress.”  

Background –

  • This is the first time a member from South Carolina has ever been named to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
  • As the former Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Gowdy brings to the House Intelligence Committee experience in working directly with our nation’s intelligence agencies, including but not limited to, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Department of Defense (DOD), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). 
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Gowdy statement on Mulvaney named Budget Director

2016/12/17

Spartanburg, SC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after President-Elect Trump selected Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05) as his next Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

"Rep. Mulvaney is the perfect person to lead the Office of Management and Budget. Mick is incredibly bright and capable, and I have no doubt his conservative principles will help restore our nation's fiscal health. I look forward to seeing him serve in this new role.

Mick has been an incredible colleague over the past six years. I will miss working with him on a daily basis as we all missed Tim when he went to the Senate. But I am happy for Mick, Pam and their three children as they embark on a new and exciting period of service to our country and state."

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Gowdy on final verdict of Roof trial

2016/12/15

Charleston, SC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after Dylan Roof was found guilty of all charges in the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

"Crimes that shock the collective community conscience coupled with overwhelming evidence of guilt warrant society’s ultimate punishment. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families as the guilt phase has concluded. In addition to the legacy of the victims, their loved ones, and the broader Charleston and South Carolina communities, we thank the prosecutors and law enforcement officers who have dedicated countless hours in pursuit of what is just. 

As the family, friends and congregation of Mother Emanuel continue to heal, may our nation be reminded of what South Carolina learned 18 months ago - what binds us together far exceed whatever may separate us.” 

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Justice for Child Victims

2016/12/12

Under current law, federal courts are required to award restitution to any child depicted in sexually explicit material for “the full amount of the victim’s losses.” However, the process is so lengthy and overwhelming only about 20 out of the thousands of child pornography trafficking victims have sought restitution.

On Tuesday, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and I joined with Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee to introduce the Justice for Child Victims Act. This legislation creates a compensation fund, fully paid for by child pornography defendants, as an alternative avenue for victims to quickly obtain the financial support needed for recovery.

Congress has a responsibility to enforce the rule of law and protect human dignity with a fair justice system. Victims of child pornography endure severe trauma mentally, physically and emotionally. Ensuring they are able to obtain full restitution is the right and just thing to do to aid the victims and their recovery process. To learn more about the Justice for Child Victims Act, click here.

Photo by Caleb Smith, Office of the Speaker of the House

Since 1964, the Speaker of the House has placed a Christmas tree on the Capitol lawn. Referred to as “The People’s Tree,” each year a different national forest is chosen to provide the tree. This year’s tree is an 80-foot Engelmann spruce from the Payette National Forest in central western Idaho. Speaker Paul Ryan first lit the 2016 Christmas tree during the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday and the Christmas Tree will remain lit through Christmas. If you are traveling to DC, make sure to stop by and see this beautiful and festive sight. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! May the Holiday Season bring you and your loved ones joy.  

 

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Gowdy, Goodlatte, Jackson Lee Introduce Bill to Help Child Pornography Trafficking Victims

2016/12/06

Washington, D.C. – Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) today introduced Justice for Child Victims Act of 2016 (H.R. 6440) to ensure child trafficking victims are able to seek and obtain the restitution that they need and deserve.
 
Under current law, federal courts are required to award any child depicted in sexually explicit material restitution in “the full amount of the victim’s losses,” which can include medical services, physical or occupational therapy, and attorneys’ fees. However, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Paroline that an individual defendant who may have received, distributed, or possessed child pornography may not be held liable for a victim’s aggregate damages incurred by potentially thousands of others who have viewed her images, and that defendants may be made liable only for the harm caused by their own conduct, not the conduct of others.
 
Because of the nature of the crime, child pornography trafficking victims are involved in countless cases across multiple jurisdictions and time. This means that in order to obtain restitution, a victim’s request must be presented in multiple cases across the country. Since the process is so lengthy and overwhelming, only about 20 out of the thousands of child pornography trafficking victims have sought restitution.
 
The Justice for Child Victims Act remedies this problem by creating a compensation fund that is paid for by child pornography defendants as an alternative avenue for victims to obtain financial support for their losses. This simple, one-step alternative allows child pornography trafficking victims to quickly access financial support for their own recovery.
 
Representative Gowdy, Chairman Goodlatte, and Crime Subcommittee Ranking Member Jackson Lee issued the statements below on the introduction of Justice for Child Victims Act. 
 
Rep. Gowdy: “Enforcing the rule of law and protecting human dignity through a fair justice system are among the chief responsibilities of Congress. Victims of child pornography endure severe trauma mentally, physically and emotionally. Ensuring they are able to obtain full restitution is the very least we can do to help them with the recovery process. 
 
“The Justice for Child Victims Act will ensure child pornography trafficking victims are fully compensated for their losses as they begin to recover. I thank Chairman Goodlatte and Representative Jackson Lee for their leadership on this legislation and their steadfast commitment to a fair and equal justice system.”
 
Chairman Goodlatte: “The trafficking of child pornography is a serious crime and those who cause the most vulnerable among us pain and suffering deserve to be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. Although no amount of money can ever take away the trauma these children have experienced, we must ensure that victims of child exploitation receive the full amount of their losses from the production and ongoing trafficking of their images.
 
“The Justice for Child Victims Act creates a straight-forward and easily accessible compensation fund that provides child pornography victims the financial support they need and deserve. Protecting our nation’s children is a top priority for the House Judiciary Committee and we plan to move this bill in the new Congress.”
 
Rep. Jackson Lee:
“I’m pleased to cosponsor this important bill that will ensure the effective implementation of restitution to the victims of child pornography.  We must do all we can to make sure that offenders pay restitution to their victims and that we mitigate the suffering of the victims, whose victimization continues so long as the images continue to be shown.  This bipartisan bill adopts important suggestions by the Department of Justice and is based on their experience in enforcing the law.  Adoption of this legislation should be a top priority in the new Congress.” 


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Promoting Better Health Care, Supporting Our Troops

2016/12/02

21st Century Cures Act

Millions of individuals all across the United States are impacted by life-threatening diseases. America has the best and brightest doctors in the world yet healthcare costs continue to rise and excessive government regulations threaten our ability to maintain our global status as the leader in biomedical innovation.

On Wednesday, the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act to modernize clinical trials, streamline regulations and incentivize the development of cures and treatments. This legislation will update major mental health programs for the first time in a decade, help fund the fight against opioid abuse and accelerate the development of cutting-edge cures and treatments. To learn more, click here.

House Oversight Committee Update

The United States Forestry Service (FS), which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has recently faced scrutiny following media reports of sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Many women within the FS have described a lack of accountability and a fear of retaliation in their work environment.

On Thursday, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing to examine sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As witnesses courageously shared heartbreaking accounts of sexual harassment, hostile work environments and discrimination, it was clear the USDA has not held employees accountable or disciplined perpetrators. No one should ever feel unsafe in his or her work environment, and perpetrators should face consequences. It is absolutely unacceptable for someone who engages in harassment or discrimination to be given the option of retiring or resigning with full benefits rather than being fired.

Watch a portion of the hearing below.

WATCH HERE

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NDAA

On Friday, the House passed a Conference Report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017. This defense bill prioritizes our national security by funding counterterrorism operations abroad and strictly prohibiting the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to United States soil. In addition, it includes the largest pay raise our troops have seen in six years. Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line to protect our freedom, and it is critical we provide them with the best training, resources and compensation possible. 

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Gowdy Statement on Comey's Nov. 6 Letter to Congress

2016/11/07

Spartanburg, SC - Rep. Trey Gowdy released the following statement after FBI Director Comey sent a follow up letter to Congress regarding its investigation into Secretary Clinton's private email server - 

"Today Director Comey claimed, 'we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.' Director Comey used the word 'conclusions' - plural - and one must consider the use of that word as intentional. 

It would appear the investigation is back to the status quo ante, which means Director Comey believes Secretary Clinton was indeed extremely careless in her handling of classified material, yet there is insufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to prove Secretary Clinton had specific intent to violate a statute which specifically provides for the lower scienter standard of gross negligence.  

I disagreed with Director Comey in July and I disagree with him today. There is sufficient evidence, both direct and circumstantial, upon which a jury could conclude an intent to violate the law. This evidence includes concealment of evidence, destruction of evidence, and false exculpatory statements - all of which fall under the general heading of consciousness of guilt."

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Letter to the Editor: Trey Gowdy: She changed the world

2016/10/31

She changed the world

Iris Ezell went to be with the Lord recently. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and friend to countless people.

She was also an elementary school teacher in Spartanburg, where I first met her more than 40 years ago in a portable classroom at Jesse Boyd Elementary School. She was a great teacher, and I was a terrible student, underwhelming in both performance and behavior.

She asked me to stay after school one day, which to me meant I was in trouble and would soon be in trouble with my parents. She pulled two chairs face-to-face, cupped my face in her hands and said: "I believe in you. You can do anything you put your mind to. But you have to try hard and you have to listen. I believe in you, Trey. Believe in yourself."

I remember it like it was yesterday. No matter what I forget later in life, I’ll always remember her substituting a word of affirmation, belief and confidence when she could have offered more discipline and punishment. There are days I cannot remember where I parked my truck, but there is never a day I cannot take you to the spot Iris Ezell talked to me after school.

To all the young people who have visited me throughout the years and expressed your desire to run for office or engage in politics because you wanted to "change the world," you’ll recall my answer has always been the same. "If you want to change the world, teach."

Iris Ezell is the reason I told you that. She offered a change that no book, campaign or piece of legislation could ever equal. She offered unwarranted belief and affirmation in a young person's life.

Rest in peace, Mrs. Ezell. You changed the world — one life at a time.

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy

 

This appeared in the Letters to the Editor section in the Sunday edition of the Spartanburg Herald Journal. Read here: http://www.goupstate.com/opinion/20161030/sundays-letters-concerned-about-election

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Gowdy questions during USDA oversight hearing

2016-12-01 18:51:10


Gowdy questions during Oversight Committee hearing on the DEA

2016-12-01 18:45:20


Gowdy reacts to Comey's letter to congress on The Kelly File

2016-11-07 15:59:16


Rep. Gowdy speaks with Alisyn Camerota - New Day

2016-11-01 19:58:42


Rep. Gowdy with Bill Hemmer re: FBI investigation

2016-11-01 17:00:40


Rep. Gowdy speaks with Megyn Kelly re: Comey letter to Congress

2016-11-01 16:56:43


Rep. Gowdy on Special Report Sunday with Bret Baier

2016-10-31 21:24:50


Rep. Gowdy: timing direct, natural consequence of HRC's decision

2016-10-31 21:20:03


Gowdy questions Director Comey during Judiciary hearing

2016-09-28 15:32:13


Gowdy Questions During New Orleans Sanctuary City Hearing

2016-09-27 17:35:48


Chairman Gowdy Opening Statement: New Orleans Sanctuary Cities Hearing

2016-09-27 15:15:02


Gowdy: Witness Can't Pick and Choose Which Legal Process to Follow

2016-09-22 15:53:10


Gowdy Questions IRS Commissioner Koskinen During Judiciary Hearing

2016-09-21 16:27:49


Gowdy Questions During FOIA Compliance Hearing

2016-09-08 19:31:57


Rep. Gowdy Questions AG Lynch on Clinton Emails

2016-07-12 18:21:13


Rep. Gowdy Questions Director Comey - Part Two

2016-07-07 18:51:24


Rep. Gowdy Questions FBI Director Comey

2016-07-07 16:41:22


Gowdy: Selective Use of Executive Privilege is Unacceptable

2016-05-17 16:06:25


Gowdy Honors Fallen Police Officers on House Floor

2016-05-12 22:07:25


Gowdy Questions DHS Official on Releasing Criminal Aliens

2016-04-28 18:39:54


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Representing South Carolina’s 4th District, Trey Gowdy entered Congress with a resolute commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. At the core of those principles lies a firm belief in a limited government that inspires trust and demands accountability.

Representative Gowdy serves on the House Committees on Education and the Workforce, Ethics, Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform. He also serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security for the Judiciary Committee. In these capacities, Representative Gowdy has fought to highlight facts, uphold the Constitution, rein in the ever-expanding scope of the federal government, and restore America’s trust with a renewed spirit of honesty, fairness and reason.

Trey graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982, Baylor University in 1986 with a degree in history, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989 where he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Order of the Wig and Robe.”

For 6 years as a federal prosecutor, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. He was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.

As 7th Circuit Solicitor, Trey led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. During his tenure, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.

He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions.

Trey is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy, and they have two children: Watson and Abigail. Terri works for the Spartanburg School District as a teacher’s aide. Watson is a sophomore at Clemson University and Abigail is a rising 10th grader at Spartanburg High School. The Gowdy family also includes three dogs: “Judge”, “Jury”and “Bailiff.”


Serving With

Mark Sanford

SOUTH CAROLINA's 1st DISTRICT

Joe Wilson

SOUTH CAROLINA's 2nd DISTRICT

Jeff Duncan

SOUTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

Mick Mulvaney

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Tom Rice

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