Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy


Rep. Gowdy Leaving Politics, Not Seeking Re-election


Spartanburg, SC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement announcing he will leave Congress at the end of this term and return to work in the justice system:

"Words cannot adequately express my gratitude to the people of South Carolina for the privilege of representing them in the House of Representatives. The Upstate of South Carolina has an incredible depth and breadth of assets including numerous women and men capable of representing us. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to serve in the People's House and-prior to Congress-to advocate on behalf of justice in our court systems.

I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office; instead I will be returning to the justice system. Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system. As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.    

There is no perfect time to make this announcement, but with filing opening in six weeks, it is important to give the women and men in South Carolina who might be interested in serving ample time to reflect on the decision.

To my wife, Terri, and our two children, Watson and Abigail: thank you for all you sacrificed, missed, or did alone so I could serve as both a prosecutor and a member of the House. 

To my parents and my three sisters: thank you for having confidence in me and high expectations for me, even when I did not.  

To the women and men I worked with at the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the United States District Court, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the 7th Circuit Solicitor's Office, and in Congress: thank you for the texture, depth and joy you added to life.

To the law enforcement officers and victims of crime: thank you for personifying courage.  

To those across South Carolina and our country who, over the past 7 years, have expressed words of encouragement, accountability and even criticism: thank you. All are needed for those in public service.

The book of Ecclesiastes teaches us there is a time and a season for all things. There is a time to start and a time to end. There is a time to come and a time to go. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system."


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ICYMI: Rep. Gowdy Discusses Flynn, FBI on Special Report with Bret Baier


Washington, DC - Last night, Rep. Gowdy joined Fox News Channel's Special Report with Bret Baier to discuss General Flynn's guilty plea, the importance of an independent FBI, and more. Watch the full interview below.


"People have the right to assume the people who are investigating them [at the FBI] are objective and have not already made up their mind."

"The Bureau has had a really bad last 18 months. This makes it worse."

"What we want are the documents -- not the drama. When you go to a floor fight on contempt of Congress, it is inherently political. What we really want is the information and access to the witnesses."

"I have read every one of Comey's memos. They would be defense 'Exhibit A' in an obstruction of justice case. Not prosecution 'Exhibit A' - defense 'Exhibit A'."


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Rep. Gowdy to Martha MacCallum: "What we want is the documents"


Washington, DC - Last night Rep. Gowdy joined Martha MacCallum to discuss the House Intelligence Committee issuing subpoenas to the FBI and the Department of Justice.


On the Steele dossier: "I would think everyone would want to know, did our premier law enforcement agency, the FBI, rely on this document to initiate a criminal probe, or in court filings, or in representations before a court. That is an eminently legitimate question, and I really don't know why it's taken the department this long to answer."

On James Comey: "There is a basis for which to question Director Comey on whether or not he reached a conclusion with respect to Hillary Clinton before he interviewed all of the witnesses. There is more than an evidentiary basis that he reached the conclusion before he interviewed her."

"It is not illegitimate to ask a law enforcement officer, did you make your mind up before the end of the investigation?" 

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Rep. Gowdy Supports Emergency Hurricane Relief Funding


Washington, DC – Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey, increase the debt limit, and fund the government through December.
“Just as our fellow South Carolinians suffered in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo and may well suffer from Hurricane Irma, our fellow citizens are suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.
Raising the debt ceiling without structural changes to the principal drivers of our national debt is irresponsible. Funding the government in three-month increments is far from ideal. I am disappointed these provisions were added to a disaster relief package and further disappointed in the management of government in three-month increments. 
Despite my disappointment, I refuse to punish my fellow citizens who are in desperate need of help. There are exigent circumstances in Texas and Louisiana and likely to be exigent circumstances in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Those exigent circumstances must be met despite the fundamental flaws of the amended bill.”


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Rep. Gowdy Statement on Charlottesville


Spartanburg, SC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the horrific event in Charlottesville, Virginia:

"Racism, bigotry, intolerance, and hatred are malevolent and evil. What happened in Charlottesville, VA is only the most recent reminder that there are forces hell bent on dividing this country. People of good conscience should counter these hateful forces and voices with every lawful method at their disposal including self defense."


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ICYMI: Rep. Gowdy Previews Jared Kushner Testimony


Washington, DC - In case you missed it, watch Rep. Gowdy's interviews on Fox News previewing Jared Kushner's testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.



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Strengthening Our Safety and Security



On Friday, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018. This legislation will boost defense spending by 10 percent, provide a pay raise for the troops, grant the Army, Navy and Air Force their request for additional personnel, and increase missile defense funding by $2.5 billion. By rebuilding our military strength, the National Defense Authorization Act will enable the United States to more adequately and efficiently ensure the safety and security of our citizens while guaranteeing our brave men and women in uniform have the tools they need to protect our country and return home safely.

Fighting Human Trafficking

Contrary to common misconception, human trafficking does not require smuggling people from outside our borders into the country to work. It can happen right here in the United States, completely within our borders – and it does every day. This week, the House passed three bills to fight human trafficking. Among many things, these bills… 

  1.  Reauthorize $130 million to fund the prevention of human trafficking, protect victims, and prosecute traffickers
  2. Ensure the Department of Labor has the tools it needs to effectively train its employees to spot the illegal trade of people
  3. Expands a Department of Justice grant program to allow law enforcement agencies to qualify for federal funding to fight sex trafficking

House Intelligence Committee Update

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence continues to work on matters related to national security. In addition, I was put on a six person team to investigate: 

  1. What did the Russians do in 2016 related to the U.S. election?
  2. With whom, if anyone, did Russia they do it?
  3. What was the U.S. government’s response during the pendency of those Russian active measures attacks in 2016?
  4. Was classified information leaked and what was the process for unmasking U.S. persons?

While the Committee will continue its investigation, Congress should not interfere with the ongoing work of the Special Counsel. All things criminal or quasi criminal fall into the jurisdiction of Robert Mueller. Special Counsel should conduct his work independently, thoroughly and without interference from Congress. He has a critically important role to play and Congress should stay out of his way.

This week I joined Martha MacCallum on Fox News and Anthony Mason on CBS News to discuss the House Intelligence Committee's ongoing investigations. Watch the interviews below.




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ICYMI: Rep. Gowdy on CBS Evening News


Washington, DC - Last night, Rep. Gowdy spoke with Anthony Mason on CBS News Evening News. Watch the full interview below.


"I think we are missing an increasingly shrinking window of opportunity. We're now in July. We're not talking about infrastructure, we're not talking about tax reform, we're really not even talking about health reform that much. We're talking about Comey and obstruction of justice and potential criminality and Russia."

"You should get everyone in a room, and from the moment you watched either 'Dr. Zhivago' or read 'Brothers Karamazov' to the point you had a shot of liquor with a guy in a furry hat, you need to disclose every contact you have ever had with Russia. We're not going to have any more of these disclosures coming out on the front page of the newspaper. Go ahead and tell the special counsel every connection you've had. Get this behind us before Labor Day."

"We've got to be the ones disclosing this. We can't have it uncovered by an investigative reporter."

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ICYMI: Rep. Gowdy on Donald Trump Jr. Meeting with Russian Lawyer


Washington, DC - Last night, Rep. Gowdy joined Martha MacCallum on Fox News to respond to Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer.


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Rep. Gowdy Previews Johnson Testimony


Washington, DC - This morning on America's Newsroom, Rep. Gowdy spoke with Bill Hemmer to preview the House Intelligence Committee's open hearing with Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.


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Committee Assignments

Oversight and Government Reform

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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Mark Sanford


Joe Wilson


Jeff Duncan


Ralph Norman


Tom Rice


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