Republican US Congressman From So. Carolina,Trey Gowdy Won’t Seek Re-Election

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South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy announced Wednesday he will not be running for re-election and intends to leave politics after this term is over.trey-gowdy

The Republican lawmaker, first elected to the 4th District in 2010, chairs the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“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,” Gowdy said in a statement.

“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,” he added.

Gowdy’s statement came amid the commotion over an accident involving a train carrying GOP members to the party’s annual retreat in West Virginia on Wednesday morning.

“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,” Gowdy said. 

The current and upcoming judicial vacancies on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals are for seats generally based in South Carolina. Dennis Shedd, who took senior status effective Tuesday, was a senior member of the staff of former South Carolina GOP Sen. Strom Thurmond, including as staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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