Rep. Trey Gowdy will take over House Oversight Committee
Source: USA Today, Eliza Collins
June 8, 2017
WASHINGTON — South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy — a former prosecutor who led the Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation into what happened during the 2012 terrorist attack — will take the helm of the powerful House Oversight and Government Committee after Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, leaves office later this month.
"I am grateful to the Steering Committee and the Conference as a whole for this opportunity to serve,” Gowdy said following his selection. The Steering Committee is a group of Republican leaders and representatives who decide committee chairs. Gowdy said he looked forward to working with the committee "as we discharge the jurisdiction assigned to us."
“Trey has my absolute confidence, and I know he will do an outstanding job,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis. said after the announcement.
Gowdy’s selection is not a surprise; he was the clear frontrunner for the job even though he never publicly expressed interest in the post. Gowdy is an ally of both leadership and the GOP’s more hardline wing. The oversight committee has a significant number of far-right Freedom Caucus members who had wanted the gig for one of their own but will settle for Gowdy.
Rep. Steve Russell, R-Okla., had announced he was also running for the post but he was less senior than Gowdy and not expected to win.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., — who is one Gowdy’s closest friends in Washington — congratulated Gowdy on his appointment. Scott said, “No one works harder and is more committed to the truth and the rule of law than Trey.”
Scott couldn't help himself from poking fun at his friend, though.
"Now, if we could only get to the bottom of his hair, we will truly be getting somewhere," Scott said.
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