Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to the precept that undergirds our country, our way of life, and our republic – respect for and adherence to the rule of law. They courageously propel themselves toward danger while others have the luxury of running from it, and they fight for the safety of others while putting their own lives at risk.
Since President Kennedy’s proclamation in 1962, we have celebrated Peace Officers Memorial Day each year on May 15. The full week is deemed National Police Week, where tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from across the world meet in Washington, DC, to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety.
In honor of National Police Week, the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee held a hearing to highlight the challenges our law enforcement officers face and examine ways in which Congress can best support our law enforcement officers all around the country. We were thankful to have Spartanburg Police Chief Alonzo Thompson from South Carolina join us as a witness at the hearing. Watch the clip below.
On Wednesday evening, I spoke on the House floor in remembrance of Kevin Carper, an officer from Spartanburg who had an incredible impact on my time as a prosecutor. Watch the full speech here.Read More
Washington, DC - Rep. Gowdy released the following statement after Rep. Chaffetz announced he is leaving Congress in June.
“Jason was one of the first members to befriend our freshman class during orientation in 2010 and has remained a dear friend ever since. His ability to get along with virtually everyone and his ubiquitous smile will be missed.
While a highly valued and talented member of Congress, Jason was and is a family man. I wish Jason, Julie and their 3 precious children well as they transition into this next chapter of life."
Washington, DC - Last night, Rep. Gowdy spoke on the House floor to recognize law enforcement officers during National Police Week.Read More
Washington, DC - House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee Chairman Gowdy delivered the following opening statement during a hearing entitled, "Challenges Facing Law Enforcement in the 21st Century".
For more information on this hearing, click here.Read More
Washington, DC - Last night Rep. Gowdy joined Martha MacCallum on Fox News to discuss the search to replace former FBI Director Comey and the latest New York Times report.Read More
Spartanburg, SC — Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after talking with Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Saturday and again Monday afternoon.
"Our justice system is the foundation of our republic, and our fellow citizens must have confidence in its objectivity, independence, and evenhandedness. Having worked in the justice system for 20 years at both the state and federal levels and on both the trial and appellate levels, I know how indispensable it is that we respect our justice system and that it be worthy of our respect. Working in the criminal justice system, alongside the women and men of law enforcement, and in pursuit of the facts, the truth and ultimately justice is and always will be the highlight of my professional career. The blind-folded woman holding a set of scales and a sword is the best boss I have ever had.
I was out of the country on a House Intelligence Committee mission when Jim Comey's tenure ended as Director of the FBI. I spoke briefly with Attorney General Sessions Saturday when I returned and again this afternoon. I shared with him two things: (1) the qualities I believe are indispensable for our next FBI Director to possess, and (2) my firm conviction that I would not be the right person. I greatly appreciate the Attorney General speaking with me and respecting my decision and I wish him wisdom as he interviews potential candidates.
Our country and the women and men of the FBI deserve a Director with not only impeccable credentials but also one who can unite the country as we strive for justice and truth. I am confident that person will emerge. I want to thank the scores of law enforcement officers and prosecutors who have contacted me over the past couple of days. Perhaps we can work together again in the future."Read More
Washington, DC - Rep. Gowdy released a statement following the news of FBI Director Comey.
"Director Comey had a very difficult job. I appreciate his service to our country as both a federal prosecutor and the head of the FBI. I had my differences with him on some matters but never lost sight of the fact that he had a very difficult job and undoubtedly had access to facts that perhaps the rest of us did not. I am thankful for his service to our country and am hopeful our President will select an independent minded person to serve as the head of our nation's premier law enforcement agency. Our justice system is the foundation of our republic. It must be both respected and fully worthy of our respect."
Washington, DC — Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after voting for H.R. 1628 — the American Health Care Act.
"The Declaration of Independence says this: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness are inextricably linked to health and well being. Access to health care and health insurance — no matter our stage of life — is vital. The Affordable Care Act was designed to create a pathway to insurance for the previously uninsured, yet we still have millions of Americans without health insurance, and premium costs continue to rise under the Affordable Care Act.
It is important we are able to take care of our families, especially those with pre-existing conditions. The American Health Care Act ensures under no circumstance can people be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
Today I voted for the American Health Care Act to support the first step of a three-step process of ensuring every American has access to quality, patient-centered health care. I look forward to continue working with my colleagues in Congress and those in the Administration to provide all Americans with access to high quality health care and health insurance.”
Washington, DC - Last night, Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) joined Martha MacCallum on Fox News to discuss the House Intelligence Committee's investigation.Read More
Greenville, SC – Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for the Fourth District of South Carolina:
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 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 the 2017 Congressional Art 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, Jackson Page. His winning piece will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year.”
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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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Children are among the most vulnerable and innocent among us and deserve the highest protections of the law. WATCH… https://t.co/ir1g7bmxSw
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Gowdy: Surveillance Programs Won't Be Renewed Until 'Unmasking' Questions Answered https://t.co/Ahlv0ouzsM
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