Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy

SOUTH CAROLINA's 4th DISTRICT

Rep. Gowdy Statement on DOJ Seeking Death Penalty Against Dylann Roof

2016/05/24

Washington, DC - Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Tuesday the Justice Department will seek the death penalty against Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof:

"DOJ made the right decision to seek the death penalty in the murder of nine South Carolinians. Crimes that shock the collective community conscience deserve society’s most severe punishment."

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Celebrating National Police Week

2016/05/19


 

In case you missed it: my op-ed in USA Today in celebration of National Police Week.
 

S.C. cop's life, death reflected deep call to serve: Column
By Trey Gowdy

The celebration of National Police Week, which ends May 21, provides an ideal opportunity to reflect on the life of Greenville Police Department Officer Allen Jacobs and the lives of other police officers who were tragically killed while heroically serving in the line of duty.

Like the deaths of South Carolina officers Kevin Carper, Russ Sorrow, Eric Nicholson, Marcus Whitfield and other officers nationwide who have been killed in the line of duty, Jacobs' death reminds us that serving and protecting in uniform is a dangerous, sometimes lethal, job. In 2015, our nation mourned the loss of 128 police officers. This year, the nation has already lost 35 officers

Jacobs was going to be a father again. He was already the father of two precious little boys, but this summer he and his wife, Meghan, were expecting a baby girl.

Life prepared Jacobs well to be a father. He was an outstanding student and athlete growing up in the Upstate of South Carolina. He put that athleticism and intelligence to work serving our country in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Iraq for 15 months and even volunteered to live in Baghdad, because he understood all people want to live in a peaceful and secure environment.

But the tug of fatherhood is strong, so he decided to return to South Carolina. His desire to protect and serve others never dissipated. He left the uniform of the U.S. Army for the uniform of the Greenville Police Department, and he pursued that calling with the same vigor and professionalism that epitomized every facet of his life. 

Jacobs was a strong man. He survived boot camp, Iraq, Haiti and police officer training. But he would not survive an encounter with a teenage gang member just released from jail. Jacobs never even had the chance to pull out his weapon.

Greenville suffered a tremendous loss when Jacobs was killed. What we learned in the aftermath of this tragedy is that the loss was felt all across the country. Jacobs' funeral brought officers from across the region to honor his service as well as scores of citizens paying their respect.  

Law enforcement officers courageously propel themselves toward danger while others have the luxury of running from it. Officers dedicate their lives to the safety of others while putting their own lives at risk. Officers deal daily with people and incidents most of us prefer to avoid, all the while missing out on some of life's more precious experiences because crime does not sleep so neither can they.

I urge our communities to take a moment to consider what our lives would look like without the protection of law enforcement. I also encourage people to never miss a chance to thank officers and their families for doing a job that is sometimes only fully noticed when a father like Jacobs is killed in the line of duty.  
 

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., is a former prosecutor.
 

Read the original article here.

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Goodlatte & Gowdy Demand Answers on DOJ’s Efforts to Coerce New Orleans to Adopt Sanctuary Policies

2016/05/19

Washington, D.C.  – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) have pressed Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) efforts to make New Orleans a sanctuary city.

In 2010, the mayor of the City of New Orleans requested DOJ to “reform” the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).  In 2011, officials at DOJ’s Civil Division threatened NOPD with a civil rights lawsuit, which led to a consent decree in 2012.  As part of the consent decree, NOPD officers were prevented from considering an individual’s immigration status when performing their law enforcement duties.  In February 2016, NOPD enacted written policies pursuant to the consent decree that prevent officers from responding to requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding criminal aliens in custody, except in very limited circumstances.  The Justice Department reviewed and approved those policies prior to their enactment by NOPD.

In their letter to Attorney General Lynch, Goodlatte and Gowdy write: 

“It is outrageous that DOJ would seek a consent decree to actually inhibit the ability of the federal government to enforce federal law.  By hindering the ability of ICE to apprehend criminal aliens, DOJ consciously disregards the safety and security of the American public by enabling the release of these criminals back into our communities to commit more crimes.  It also places ICE agents and officers at greater risk when they are forced to arrest these criminal aliens who are no longer in a secure jail facility, but in public places where they can more readily escape or access a weapon.  In addition, the consent decree may be interpreted to require NOPD to adopt policies that require its officers to violate federal law.” 

Below is the text of the letter to Attorney General Lynch. The signed copy can be found here.

May 18, 2016 

The Honorable Loretta Lynch  
Attorney General
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530 

Dear Attorney General Lynch: 

We are concerned by reports that the Department of Justice (DOJ) sought and obtained a consent decree in federal court requiring the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) to adopt policies that prohibit police officers from considering an individual’s immigration status when performing their law enforcement duties.  Also troubling are reports that DOJ reviewed and approved written policies promulgated by NOPD in implementing the consent decree, which appear to restrict the ability of NOPD officers to respond to requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to assist in the enforcement of federal immigration law.  This written policy, “Immigration Status,” became effective on February 28, 2016, and it now appears in Chapter 41.6.1 of the NOPD Operations Manual. The relevant policy statements provide:

3.         NOPD members shall not make inquiries into an individual’s immigration status, except as authorized by this Chapter.

4.         The enforcement of civil federal immigration laws falls exclusively within the authority of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE).

5.         The NOPD shall not engage in, assist, or support immigration enforcement except as follows: (a) In response to an articulated, direct threat to life or public safety; or (b) When such services are required to safely execute a criminal warrant or court order issued by a federal or state judge. 

6.         Unless authorized by Paragraph 5, members are not permitted to accept requests by ICE or other agencies to support or assist in immigration enforcement operations . . . .  In the event a member receives a request to support or assist in a civil immigration enforcement action[,] he or she shall report the request to his or her supervisor, who shall decline the request and document the declination in an interoffice memorandum to the Superintendent through the chain of command.

The NOPD “Immigration Status” policy statements purportedly derive from a consent decree entered into by the City of New Orleans and DOJ on or about July 24, 2012, and approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on January 11, 2013.  The consent decree itself was the result of a request by the mayor of the City of New Orleans to DOJ in May 2010, to review NOPD practices and procedures.  In 2011, DOJ’s Civil Division determined that NOPD engaged in a pattern of civil rights violations and, as a result, DOJ initiated litigation against the City of New Orleans to remedy those violations.  The consent decree was intended to resolve that litigation.

However, it is outrageous that DOJ would seek a consent decree to actually inhibit the ability of the federal government to enforce federal law.  By hindering the ability of ICE to apprehend criminal aliens, DOJ consciously disregards the safety and security of the American public by enabling the release of these criminals back into our communities to commit more crimes.  It also places ICE agents and officers at greater risk when they are forced to arrest these criminal aliens who are no longer in a secure jail facility, but in public places where they can more readily escape or access a weapon.  In addition, the consent decree may be interpreted to require NOPD to adopt policies that require its officers to violate federal law.  The policy statements referenced above could be read to require the violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1373, which provides that no person or agency may prohibit or restrict a federal, state, or local agency from sending, requesting, receiving, or exchanging information about an individual’s immigration status with ICE.

The Louisiana Legislature is currently considering Louisiana House Bill 151, the “Illegal Alien Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act.”  A legislative hearing on H.B. 151 was held on April 21, 2016, before the Louisiana House Judiciary Committee.  At that hearing, representatives from the New Orleans Mayor’s Office and NOPD testified that the “Immigration Status” policy statements were vetted and “enthusiastically” approved by DOJ’s Civil Division.     

On April 27, 2016, the Louisiana Attorney General sent you a letter regarding the NOPD policy statements.  In the letter, Louisiana Attorney General Landry requested that you confirm whether DOJ (1) reviewed and approved the NOPD policy statements, and (2) required the City of New Orleans to adopt the NOPD policy statements as part of the consent decree.  The answers to those questions are critical to determine whether DOJ may have impermissibly approved the violation of federal law or required NOPD to violate federal law as a condition of compliance with the consent decree.  Therefore, please provide us with a copy of your response to Louisiana Attorney General Landry’s letter when it is issued.   

To more fully understand the issues described above, on or before May 30, 2016, please also provide copies of all written, printed, recorded, graphic, electronic, audio, or visual material of any kind, whether prepared by you or by any other person, that is in the possession, custody, or control of DOJ, which refers to, or relates to: 

Any and all communications made by or on behalf of the City of New Orleans, NOPD, DOJ, or any other person, regarding or in response to the review or investigation of the practices or procedures of NOPD on or after January 2009.

Any and all communications concerning the consent decree in U.S. v. City of New Orleans, 2:12-CV-01924-SM-JCW (E.D. La. Jan. 11, 2013), including all antecedent communications regarding the decision to initiate that litigation, and all antecedent communications regarding the prosecution and settlement of that litigation.

Any and all communications regarding the development, drafting, review, approval, or promulgation of any NOPD policy regarding the immigration status of any person, including the policy statements found in Chapter 41.6.1 of the NOPD Operations Manual.  

For purposes of this request, “communications” means any disclosure, transfer, or exchange of information or opinion, however made, including but not limited to, emails, voice mails, fax, memoranda, inquiries, or reports.  If you cannot fully respond to this request, please identify the specific item within this request to which you cannot fully respond and explain the constitutional rationale for not fully responding.

Additionally, please provide a briefing to Committee staff regarding the foregoing matters on or before June 1, 2016. 

If you have any questions about this request, please contact Tracy Short, Counsel, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, at (202) 225-3926.  Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Bob Goodlatte                                                              Trey Gowdy

Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary                       Chairman, Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

                                                                       

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S.C. cop's life, death reflected deep call to serve: Column

2016/05/18

The celebration of National Police Week, which ends May 21, provides an ideal opportunity to reflect on the life of Greenville Police Department Officer Allen Jacobs and the lives of other police officers who were tragically killed while heroically serving in the line of duty.

Like the deaths of South Carolina officers Kevin Carper, Russ Sorrow, Eric Nicholson, Marcus Whitfield and other officers nationwide who have been killed in the line of duty, Jacobs' death reminds us that serving and protecting in uniform is a dangerous, sometimes lethal, job. In 2015, our nation mourned the loss of 128 police officers. This year, the nation has already lost 35 officers

Read more here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/2016/05/18/policing-the-usa-jacobs-officers-deaths/84514782/

 

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Gowdy Speaks on House Floor to Honor Fallen Police Officers

2016/05/12

Washington, DC - In honor of National Police Week, Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) spoke on the House floor today in remembrance of our fallen law enforcement officers. Watch his full remarks below.

WATCH HERE

Background:

  • On March 18, 2016, Officer Allen Jacobs of the Greenville County Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty. He previously served our country as a decorated Army veteran.
  • On September 30, 2015, Officer Greg Alia of the Forest Acres Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty. 

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Forbes, Goodlatte, and Gowdy Introduce Bill to Strengthen Visa Security

2016/05/12

Washington, D.C.  – Representative J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), and Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) today introduced legislation to strengthen visa security, curb fraud, and enhance the integrity of the immigration system. The Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016 (H.R. 5203) contains a number of targeted reforms to protect the United States from those seeking to harm Americans or take advantage of its generous immigration system.

Representative Forbes, Chairman Goodlatte, and Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy issued the following statements on today’s introduction of the Visa Integrity and Security Act.

Rep. Forbes: “Terrorists use travel documents as weapons. Existing vulnerabilities in our visa screening process allow foreign nationals like the San Bernardino terrorist, Tashfeen Malik, to be admitted into the United States. This bill strengthens visa security with common sense provisions to enhance national security and the integrity of our immigration system. That is why it is crucial that Congress acts now to make necessary changes to the current visa screening system. Entry into this country is not a right, but a privilege – and the U.S. government’s top priority must be ensuring the safety and security of U.S. citizens.”

Chairman Goodlatte: “From the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the more recent attack in San Bernardino, we are reminded that terrorists have and will continue to exploit our nation’s immigration system to carry out their heinous plots. Visa security is critical to national security and we must address gaping holes in our immigration system that allow those who wish Americans harm and fraudsters to game the system.

“The Visa Integrity and Security Act takes a number of steps to strengthen visa security, curb fraud, and enhance the integrity of our nation’s immigration system. Notably, it expands a critical visa vetting program to ensure all visa applicants receive additional screening and requires the government to examine open source Internet postings to determine if a visa applicant is a security threat. I thank Congressman Randy Forbes for his work on this bill and look forward to moving it through the House Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks.”

Immigration Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy: “When it comes to our national security, we cannot afford to take any risks. As we have witnessed, the failure to properly vet all foreign nationals seeking entry into the United States could result in the loss of innocent Americans. The Visa Integrity and Security Act will close security gaps in our current immigration system and ensure our embassies and consulates have the tools necessary to determine whether a visa applicant presents a potential risk to the United States. I applaud Congressman Forbes for his dedication to strengthening our visa processing procedures and I thank him for his work on this legislation.” 

Key Components of Visa Integrity and Security Act: 

Strengthens visa security:

  • Requires the completion of a Security Advisory Opinion as part of the comprehensive security check process for nationals from certain countries of concern, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen.
  • Requires the Departments of Homeland Security and State to utilize social media and other publicly available information to help determine if the visa applicant is eligible for a visa and if they are a security threat to the United States.
  • Expands the Visa Security Program to all U.S. embassies and consular posts, ensuring that all visa applicants received additional screening.
  • Requires officials at DHS to conduct in-person interviews of petitioners and beneficiaries located in the United States seeking to change their immigration status.
  • Requires the Government Accountability Office to conduct a review of, and report to Congress on, the security of visa processing, including screening and background checks as well as how those results are considered in the adjudication process. 

Curbs fraud:

  • Within six months of enactment of the bill, it requires the DHS Secretary to provide the House and Senate Judiciary Committees a plan for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to use advanced analytics software to ensure the proactive detection of fraud in immigration benefits applications and petitions and to ensure applicants are not a threat to national security. The plan must be implemented one year after it is provided to the Committees.
  • Requires the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) to conduct benefit fraud assessments on various immigration programs and report their findings to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.
  • Requires proof of relationship through DNA testing, to be paid for by the applicant, to be submitted with any family-based immigrant visa petition.

Enhances integrity of the immigration system:

  • For a visa to be issued by officials at the Departments of Homeland Security and State, the applicant must prove eligibility by clear and convincing evidence.
  • Requires that any request for additional documentation or evidence to substantiate the applicant’s eligibility for a visa must be fulfilled; otherwise the application will be denied.
  • Under the bill, applicants must answer each question completely and each line must be filled out properly. Requires any document containing foreign language submitted as part of the immigration benefits adjudication process to be accompanied by a full English translation by a certified translator.

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Recap: Small Business Week

2016/05/10

Each year since 1963, a Presidential Proclamation has been issued to raise awareness and honor small businesses nationwide by celebrating Small Business Week. Here in the Upstate, small business owners and entrepreneurs are the heart of our community and our economy. Every year, South Carolinians take risks by investing their time, energy, and finances to build their companies.

In honor of Small Business Week, we visited a number of small businesses in the fourth district to learn more about their products, employees and successes, and to thank them for the impact they are making on the Upstate community. 

To learn more about these small businesses, click on the links below.

Worthwhile
Named Greenville’s Small Business of the Month in June 2015

M Judson Books

Howard’s Pharmacy

Little River Roasting Co.

The Farmer’s Table

Hub City Co-op

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ICYMI: VIDEO: Illegal Immigration is Not a Victimless Crime

2016/04/28

Washington, D.C.  – The House Judiciary Committee today released a video on the real costs of the Obama Administration’s lack of immigration enforcement. In the video, Laura Wilkerson, whose son was tortured and murdered by an unlawful immigrant, and Michelle Root, whose daughter was killed by an unlawful immigrant who was driving drunk, discuss their stories and call on the Obama Administration to enforce the United States’ immigration laws.

Click here to watch the video
 

Background:

  • Sarah Root was killed by an unlawful immigrant drunk driver on January 31, 2016. Only hours before her death, she graduated from college with a 4.0 average and a degree in investigations.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not consider her killer an enforcement priority and did not issue a detainer for his arrest. As a result, he posted a state bail bond and fled. 
     
  • Joshua Wilkerson was tortured and murdered in 2010 by an alien who had overstayed his visa for eight years.  The killer was arrested on a harassment charge only months before, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not take custody of him. The District Attorney who prosecuted the murder case couldn’t explain why ICE did not have an interest in him because her understanding was that ICE regularly reviewed the county jail roster. 
     
  • On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee held a hearing on “The Real Victims of a Reckless and Lawless Immigration Policy: Families and Survivors Speak Out on the Real Cost of This Administration’s Policies.” At the hearing, members of the subcommittee examined the significant public safety threat posed by criminal aliens and heard from some of the victims they have left in their wake as a result of the Obama Administration’s abandonment of immigration enforcement and its failure to secure the border, including Michelle Root, mother of Sarah Root, and Laura Wilkerson, mother of Joshua Wilkerson.
     
  • Under President Obama’s watch, DHS has issued a series of memoranda and policies that undermine the United States’ immigration laws, which allow thousands of criminal aliens to remain in the United States and continue their criminal activity.
     
  • Earlier today, the House Judiciary Committee released new information showing that ICE released 19,723 criminal aliens with a total of 64,197 convictions in Fiscal Year 2015. 

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Gowdy bill seeks to combat synthetic drug use among teens

2016/04/28

A bill introduced in the U.S. House is seeking to end the rising use of deadly synthetic drugs among young people.

The Synthetic Drug Awareness Act, co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy of Spartanburg, would require the U.S. surgeon general to report to Congress on the public health effects of synthetic drug use among those ages 12 to 18.

“This report from the Surgeon General is critical to providing Congress with the information we need to better counter the rapid rise of synthetic drug use among young people today,” Gowdy said in a statement.

Read more here: http://www.goupstate.com/article/20160427/ARTICLES/160429669/1083/ARTICLES?Title=Gowdy-bill-seeks-to-combat-synthetic-drug-use-among-teens 

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ICYMI: Reps. Jeffries, Gowdy, Butterfield & Collins Lead Bipartisan Effort To Eliminate Deadly Synthetic Drug Abuse

2016/04/27

Washington, DC –A bipartisan delegation of House members, led by U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), Trey Gowdy (SC-4), G.K. Butterfield (NC-1) and Chris Collins (NY-27), have introduced a bill designed to measure and mitigate the detrimental effects of synthetic drugs across America. The Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2016, H.R. 5020, would require the United States Surgeon General to submit a report to Congress on the public health effects of the rise in synthetic drug use among young people aged 12 to 18. This comprehensive study is essential to further educate parents and the medical community on the health effects of synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants.

Synthetic drugs are chemically produced in a laboratory. Their chemical structure can be either identical to or different from naturally occurring drugs, and their effects are designed to mimic or even enhance those of natural drugs. When produced clandestinely, they are not typically controlled pharmaceutical substances intended for legitimate medical use. 

According to the New York City Department of Health, since 2015, there have been more than 6,000 synthetic cannabinoid-related emergency department visits in New York, with males account for approximately 90% of these emergency room visits. Nationwide, the problem is even more significant. A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found 11,406 emergency department visits involving a synthetic cannabinoid product during 2010. In a 2013 report, SAMHSA reported the number of emergency department visits in 2011 skyrocketed 250% to 28,531. Even worse, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, use of synthetic cannabinoids is alarmingly high among young people.  One in nine 12th graders in America reported using synthetic cannabinoids in the past year.  This rate puts synthetic cannabinoids as the second most frequently used illegal drug among high school seniors after marijuana.

Rep. Jeffries said: “In order to solve the problem, we must completely understand the problem. This legislation will help provide the Congress and public health officials with the information necessary to combat the rising scourge of synthetic drug abuse throughout the country. The Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2016 is a strong first step in an all-hands-on-deck effort to eradicate the use of synthetic drugs in New York City and across America.” 

Rep. Gowdy said: “This report from the Surgeon General is critical to providing Congress with the information we need to better counter the rapid rise of synthetic drug use among young people today. I thank Rep. Jeffries for his hard work on this bi-partisan legislation and his dedication to combatting drug use among our youth.”

Rep. Butterfield said: “The frequency with which individuals, particularly young people, use synthetic drugs with little understanding of the potential side effects is extremely concerning.  Synthetic drugs are not safe.  The risks associated with these substances can be extremely dangerous and pose a serious and long term threat to an individual’s health and wellbeing.  This legislation seeks to raise awareness among policymakers and the public of the true dangers associated with synthetic drug use and the threat it poses to public health.”

Rep. Collins said: “Knowing the devastating effects synthetic drugs are having on New York’s youth is essential to successfully combatting this growing problem,” said Congressman Chris Collins. “I want to thank Congressman Jeffries for his leadership on this issue and look forward to helping him raise awareness.

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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


Chairman Gowdy: We Are a Nation of Laws

2016-04-20 16:48:48


Gowdy: Illegal Immigration: Not a Victimless Crime

2016-04-19 14:33:17


Chairman Gowdy: One Person Does Not Make Law

2016-03-17 16:02:36


Chairman Gowdy: The President Does Not Make Law

2016-03-16 22:45:34


Gowdy Questions Apple During Encryption Hearing

2016-03-15 17:22:53


Gowdy Questions Director Comey at Encryption Hearing

2016-03-15 17:23:10


Gowdy: Benghazi Committee's "report is not about Hillary Clinton"

2016-02-22 19:49:32


Gowdy: Democrats on the Benghazi Committee have delayed investigation by refusing to help

2016-02-19 19:31:07


Gowdy: Illegal immigration is just that - illegal

2016-02-04 14:54:51


Benghazi Committee Democrats doing nothing but obstructing investigation

2016-01-31 16:09:57


Are we serious about enforcing our immigration laws?

2016-01-08 20:23:47


Gowdy Discusses President Obama's Plan for Executive Action on Gun Control with Wolf Blitzer

2016-01-07 21:26:33


Gowdy Questions During Hearing on Terrorism and the Visa Waiver Program

2015-12-10 20:01:02


Gowdy Questioning: Oversight Hearing on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

2015-12-09 19:01:54


Gowdy Statement: Oversight Hearing on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

2015-12-09 18:57:15


Opening Statement During Oversight Hearing of the Executive Office for Immigration Review

2015-12-03 14:39:59


National security and public safety are the preeminent functions of government

2015-11-19 19:00:09


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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.”


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