Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy

SOUTH CAROLINA's 4th DISTRICT

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 Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition Winners

2016/04/26

Greenville, SC – Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) announced the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for the Fourth District of South Carolina:

  • 1st Place: “My Mom” by Ms. Nemiah Miller, Spartanburg High School
  • 2nd Place: “The Living Dead” by Ms. Mimi Tierney, St. Joseph’s Catholic School
  • 3rd Place: “My Grandmother’s Spoon” by Ms. Carolina Gaillard, The Fine Arts Center

Each spring, Members of Congress sponsor the nationwide Congressional Art Competition to recognize and encourage artistic creativity among high school students. Last night, Congressman Gowdy held a reception to display all 61 submissions and announce the winners. The winner’s artwork, selected by a panel of experts, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“Thank you to all of the students, parents, and teachers for participating in this year’s competition,” Rep. Gowdy said. “This is a great opportunity to recognize the creative and talented students across the Fourth District. I want to congratulate the winner, Ms. Nemiah Miller from Spartanburg High School. Her winning piece will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year.” 

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Illegal Immigration: Not a Victimless Crime

2016/04/21

Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime. Both the current state of the law and the refusal to enforce certain aspects of the law allow for the release of tens of thousands of criminal aliens into American communities. Protecting the public from violence and lawlessness is the preeminent function of government, which is why it is unconscionable there are over 350,000 known criminal aliens in the United States who are currently not detained by ICE – larger than the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Can you imagine a city the size of Pittsburgh comprised solely of people who are here unlawfully and have also committed another crime?

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security heard from the real victims of the Obama Administration’s reckless and lawless immigration policy – the families and survivors of those who have been killed by criminal aliens. Watch my opening statement below:

WATCH HERE

And watch my questioning here:

WATCH HERE

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Gowdy Opening Statement: Illegal Immigration is Not a Victimless Crime

2016/04/19

Washington, DC - Today, Chairman Gowdy delivered the following opening statement during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security hearing titled, "The Real Victims of a Reckless and Lawless Immigration Policy: Families and Survivors Speak Out on the Real Cost of This Administration’s Policies."

WATCH HERE

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A Big Week for Immigration

2016/04/18

United States v. Texas Oral Arguments

This is a big week for immigration.

Last month, the House took one more step toward fighting President Obama’s executive actions by voting to authorize Speaker Paul Ryan to file an amicus brief on behalf of the House of Representatives in the Supreme Court case, United States v. Texas. This case examines whether President Obama’s executive amnesty violates the Constitution, including the President’s duty under Article II to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Today, the Supreme Court will allow the House of Representatives 15 minutes of oral argument as the Court examines whether President Obama’s executive actions on immigration should be held unconstitutional.

The Constitution is clear – the President does not make law, Congress makes law. In fact, the role of the President is to enforce the law. Attempts by the Executive Branch to undermine the law, regardless of motivation, are detrimental to our country and the separation of powers created under the Constitution. Once we decide some laws are worth enforcing and some are not, we have weakened the law forever.

Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Hearing

Tomorrow at 10:00am, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security will hold a hearing to examine the significant public safety threat posed by criminal aliens and the victims they have left in their wake.

Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime. Time and time again, the Obama Administration’s failure to secure our border, enforce our immigration laws, and hold criminal aliens accountable for their actions have caused a significant threat to our public safety. We continually hear this Administration talk about families being separated. Most often, they are referring to the families of undocumented aliens. But there is another separation they do not talk about nearly as much – the separation a parent feels when a child is killed by an illegal alien. Tomorrow we will hear from those who have been hurt most by the Administration’s lack of enforcement.

To watch the hearing live, tune in here.

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ICYMI: Immigration Subcommittee to Examine Public Safety Threat Posed by Criminal Aliens

2016/04/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2016     CONTACT: Kathryn Rexrode or Jessica Collins, (202) 225-3951

Immigration Subcommittee to Examine Public Safety Threat Posed by Criminal Aliens

Administration’s failed immigration policies allow thousands of criminal aliens to roam free

Washington, D.C.  – On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m., the Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, “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 will examine the significant public safety threat posed by criminal aliens and 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. 

Under President Obama’s watch, the Department of Homeland Security (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.  Between October 2011 and December 2014, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released criminal aliens from detention over 105,000 times. Examples of crimes committed before their release include assault, sexual assaults, homicide-related offenses, and kidnapping.

Witnesses for the hearing are:

  • Sheriff Charles Jenkins, Frederick County, Maryland
  • Michelle Root, mother of Sarah Root, who was killed by an unlawful immigrant on January 31, 2016
  • Laura Wilkerson, mother of Josh Wilkerson, who was tortured and murdered by an unlawful immigrant on November 16, 2010
  • A Democratic witness to be named

Below are statements from Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on the hearing.

Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy: “Time and time again, the Obama Administration’s failure to secure our border, enforce our immigration laws, and hold criminal aliens accountable for their actions has caused a significant threat to our public safety, often resulting in deadly consequences for innocent Americans. Not everyone is a dreamer or a valedictorian – there are criminals motivated by malice and a conscious disrespect for the law. But these losses are preventable, and it should not take the tragic death of another innocent life for this administration to begin enforcing our laws.

“Last July, the House passed legislation to strengthen our public safety by holding sanctuary cities accountable. Congress, and the Judiciary Committee, will continue to address illegal immigrant crime, and I look forward to further examining the issue on Tuesday.”

Chairman Goodlatte: “Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime. The Obama Administration’s refusal to enforce our nation’s immigration laws and its release of criminal aliens into American communities has tragic consequences. Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, friends and neighbors across the United States have lost loved ones at the hands of criminal aliens. Not only are these losses of life tragic, they would be preventable if the Administration enforced our immigration laws.

“Next week, the Immigration Subcommittee will examine the public safety threat posed by criminal aliens and the Administration’s policies that allow them to roam free in communities across the country. We will hear from local law enforcement as well as from some of the victims’ family members. In hearing from those who have been hurt most by the Administration’s lack of enforcement, I hope and pray that President Obama will reconsider his failed policies, change course, and enforce our immigration laws so that we protect Americans’ lives.”

This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at http://judiciary.house.gov/. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally-credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.

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Honoring Officer Jacobs, Praying for Brussels

2016/03/23

South Carolina suffered a huge loss last Friday when Officer Allen Lee Jacobs of the Greenville City Police Department was killed in the line of duty. He previously served our country as a decorated Army veteran and ultimately gave his life in service and sacrifice to others and the rule of law. May God bless and comfort his pregnant wife and two young sons.

On Thursday morning Officer Jacobs will be laid to rest. Following the service, the public is invited to honor Officer Jacobs and his family by joining the funeral procession. For more information, visit the City of Greenville’s website here.

The horrific attacks in Brussels are the latest in a long line of malevolent acts committed against innocents. The world we find ourselves in is imperfect and seemingly becoming more imperfect. Clearly, ISIS is intent on finding ways to hurt America and her allies. Their objective is evil for the sake of evil and murder for the sake of murder.

May the recent attacks in Paris, San Bernardino, and Brussels act as a reminder: national security and public safety must serve as the driving force behind all decisions we make. We must continue to fight this evil.

Our prayers are with the people of Brussels and the victims of this horrific attack.

 

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Gowdy Announces 2016 Congressional Art Competition

2016/03/18

Greenville, SC - Rep. Trey Gowdy invites high school students in South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District to participate in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. The winner’s artwork, selected by a panel of experts, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

High school students (grades 9-12) may submit one piece of artwork. Artists should bring their submissions to either our Spartanburg or Greenville office on April 18-21 between the hours of 9am to 5pm. Please call our office prior to arrival to ensure one of our staff members is prepared to greet you.

Office Locations:

Greenville:
104 S Main St
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: (864) 241-0175

Spartanburg:
101 W St. John St
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Phone: (864) 583-3264

A reception will be held to display all submissions and announce first, second, and third places. The reception will take place from 6:00-7:30pm on April 25th at the Greenville Chamber of Commerce located at 24 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC 29601.

Artwork must be two-dimensional and no larger than 28" × 28" × 4" including the frame. No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. Types of artwork submitted may include the following:

Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor
Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal
Collages: must be two dimensional
Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
Computer-generated art
Photographs

Our office provided district high school art teachers with information about the Congressional Art Competition. Students can also review the 2016 Guidelines for Students and Teachers and visit the House art competition website.

For additional questions, students and teachers should contact Jalitha Moore in our Spartanburg office at (864) 583-3264.

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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


Chairman Gowdy’s Opening Statement at Immigration Hearing

2015-11-19 14:59:13


Rep. Gowdy Questions Attorney General Loretta Lynch

2015-11-17 20:30:12


Contact Information

1404 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6030
Fax 202-226-1177
gowdy.house.gov

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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