Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC) announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in November but will instead return to the justice system.
Gowdy’s announcement came shortly after some of his Republican colleagues were in a train wreck involving a garbage truck.
“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,” Gowdy said and a statement. “As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.”
Gowdy, 53 a former district attorney and federal prosecutor, has represented South Carolina’s 4th congressional district since 2011, when he was elected as part of the Tea Party wave.
The South Carolina Republican chaired the United States House Select Committee on Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi from 2014 to 2016, and he called for the prosecution of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.
He took over the House Oversight Committee after the abrupt resignation of former GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).
You can read his entire statement below:
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. Full statement here → pic.twitter.com/7I8AApqvs1
— Trey Gowdy (@TGowdySC) January 31, 2018