Trey Gowdy
American politician
Trey Gowdy
Harold Watson "Trey" Gowdy III is the U.S. Representative for . He is a member of the Republican Party. Before his election to Congress, he was the solicitor for the state's Seventh Judicial Circuit, comprising Spartanburg and Cherokee counties.
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Rep. Trey Gowdy on the future of Trump's travel ban
Fox News - 6 days
Congressman speaks out
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The Real Liar And Criminal In This Election
Huffington Post - 4 months
I can’t take it anymore, and I know I’m not alone. The blood sport trashing of the most qualified person ever to run for president is an attack on all women, and men, and an attack on our democracy ― and my blood is boiling over. I don’t wish my election angst and fury on anyone, but I really hope you’re with me. After enduring vicious attacks from feckless men like Trey Gowdy for over 30 years, in this election alone, Hillary Clinton has been attacked daily and ruthlessly by those masters of misogyny Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity. She is assaulted hour after hour by her opponent/enemy, who lies so consistently and virulently that I don’t know how she doesn’t implode from anger and resentment. And now that the incompetent Republican FBI Director has decided to play God with this election and the future of our country, she is in an eleventh hour fight for her political life, when this race was all but wrapped up one week ago. The false equivalency of the emails i ...
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Rep. Trey Gowdy: FBI Director Comey did the right thing
Fox News - 4 months
Congressman reacts on 'The Kelly File'
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Republicans Just Cannot Let The Clinton Emails Go
Huffington Post - 5 months
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Republicans avoid tough vote on Koskinen – for now
Fox News - 5 months
As it turns out, lawmakers won’t have to vote on impeaching John Koskinen just yet. Thanks to some behind-the-scenes wrangling from Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the Freedom Caucus carved a deal with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., to hold an impeachment hearing with Koskinen present next Wednesday.
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Rep. Trey Gowdy: FBI gave immunity to the trigger man
Fox News - 6 months
Congressman sounds off
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U.S. House panel approves Benghazi report after two-year probe
Yahoo News - 8 months
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' special Benghazi committee approved its report on Friday on the attack in Libya that killed four Americans in 2012, but the Republican-led panel set no date for ending its work after a two-year-long investigation. The committee's chairman, Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, said the panel voted to approve the 800-page report, with seven Republicans in favor and four Democrats opposed, in a closed-door meeting. Republicans had issued the report on June 28.
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GOP investigator: 'Nothing could have affected what occurred in Benghazi
CNN - 9 months
House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy and top Pentagon brass are in a pitched battle over the panel's requests to question new witnesses about the military's response to the 2012 attacks and Democrats are highlighting their support for the Defense Department in a new letter.
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Will 'John From Iowa' Be The Benghazi Witness Who Finally Sinks Hillary Clinton?
Huffington Post - 10 months
WASHINGTON -- The House Select Committee on Benghazi is flooding the Pentagon with requests for information and interviews that seem like an effort to unnecessarily prolong the investigation rather than extract useful facts, according to a top official at the Defense Department. Assistant Secretary of Defense Stephen Hedger expressed the department’s frustrations in a letter to committee chair Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) Thursday, saying his committee's demands are time-consuming, unrealistic and “encouraging speculation.” "The Department is working diligently to accommodate your staff's multiple and changing requests; however, we are concerned by the continuous threats from your staff to subpoena witnesses because we are not able to move quickly enough to accommodate these new requests," Hedger wrote. "Subpoenaing our service members, when the Department is working diligently to accommodate your requests and when no service member has refused to appear voluntarily, is unfair to o ...
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Ted Cruz Claims The Other Guys Are The Ones Getting 'Nasty'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is just appalled at the tone of the GOP presidential race. Shame on his opponents.  "Oh, listen, there's no doubt that both Donald [Trump] and Marco [Rubio] got very personal, got very nasty. And both of them, when you point to their records, they follow the same pattern," Cruz lamented in an interview with CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday. "They scream, 'Liar, liar, liar,' they impugn your integrity, they attack your character." "And as you know, from the very beginning of this campaign, nearly a year now, I have consistently refused to respond in kind," he continued. "I am not going to impugn anyone's integrity, I am not going to attack their character. And in fact, I will happily praise both Donald Trump and Marco Rubio as men whom I admire, as people who -- I'm not going to go personal with them." While there has been plenty of nastiness to go around, Cruz and his campaign certainly haven't been above the fray. In fact, many of the dirtiest attacks d ...
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'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli's smirk irks congressmen
CNN - about 1 year
Former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals Martin Shkreli frustrated Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. Trey Gowdy by refusing to answer questions about his former company.
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Benghazi Movie Wouldn't Have Flopped If GOP Congressman Darrell Issa Wrote the Script
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Director Michael Bay's action film about the September 11th, 2012 attack on a U.S. compound building in Benghazi, Libya is flopping, badly, and at least one Republican congressman thinks it's because they didn't have him write the script. Taking in a paltry $19 million, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is being widely held as a massive commercial flop. Unlike Clint Eastwood's war movie American Sniper, 13 Hours just does not seem to be resonating with moviegoers. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), says that it's because Bay didn't ask him to write the script. Issa said that years of leading witch hunts against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama over the Benghazi incident has given him the "unique experience" necessary to "craft the finest yarn about Benghazi ever." Image via house.gov "Who else besides me and Trey Gowdy," Issa asked reporters that caught up with him at a D.C.-area eatery, "have the most experience making s ...
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Rep. Trey Gowdy: Almost anything is fair in politics
Fox News - about 1 year
Congressman sounds off
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Yet Another Health Care Repeal Vote To Open Congressional Year
Huffington Post - about 1 year
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been like a long-delayed New Year's resolution for Republicans. But 2016 will finally be the year when they put legislation on President Barack Obama's desk repealing his health care law. The bill undoing the president's prized overhaul will be the first order of business when the House reconvenes this coming week, marking a sharply partisan start on Capitol Hill to a congressional year in which legislating may take a back seat to politics. There are few areas of potential compromise between Obama and the GOP majority in the House and Senate in this election year, but plenty of opportunities for political haymaking during the presidential campaign season. Obama will veto the health law repeal bill, which also would cut money for Planned Parenthood. The measure already has passed the Senate under special rules protecting it from Democratic obstruction. But that's the point for Republicans, who intend to schedule a veto override vote for Jan. 22, when an ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Trey Gowdy
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 51
    In the November 2016 election, Gowdy faces Democrat Chris Fedalei, a 26-year-old attorney who has never held elected office.
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  • 2015
    Age 50
    In late December 2015, Gowdy endorsed Senator Marco Rubio for president, praising him as a rarity among elected officials for having kept his campaign promises.
    More Details Hide Details Gowdy's endorsement strained his relations with Donald Trump's campaign; Trump said that Gowdy had "failed miserably on Benghazi". Rubio withdrew from the race in March, after losing his home state of Florida to Trump. Two months later, on May 20, Gowdy endorsed Trump for president, admitting that while he was a "Rubio guy", he would support the presumptive Republican nominee.
    In July 2015, Republican nominee Donald Trump named Gowdy as a possible nominee for Attorney General in a Trump cabinet.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 49
    On March 4, 2014, Gowdy introduced the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 (H.R. 4138; 113th Congress) into the House.
    More Details Hide Details The bill would give the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate both the standing to sue the President of the United States in a federal district court to clarify a federal law (that is, seek a declaratory judgment) in the event that the executive branch is not enforcing the law. House Republicans argued that the bill was necessary because the Obama Administration refused to enforce the laws. H.R. 4138 has passed the House but has yet to become law. In total, Gowdy has sponsored 11 bills, including:
    In 2014, Gowdy became chairman of a House Select Committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attack.
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  • 2012
    Age 47
    In 2012, he received the Defender of Economic Freedom award from the fiscally conservative 501(c)4 organization Club for Growth.
    More Details Hide Details The award is given to the members of Congress who have the year's highest ranking, according to the Club for Growth's metrics. Gowdy scored 97 out of 100, and was one of 34 congressmen given the award. An ardent social conservative, Gowdy considers himself "pro-life plus." He not only believes "in the sanctity of life," but argues that "the strategy should be broader than waiting for the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade." Trey Gowdy signed the Contract From America, which aims to defund, repeal, and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, limit United States Environmental Protection Agency regulations, enact a reform of the federal tax code, pass a balanced budget amendment, and end earmarks.
  • 2011
    Age 46
    He also opposed the 2011 defense authorization bill, citing concerns about the prospect of Americans being detained without trial on national security grounds.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2010, he told Congressional Quarterly that he would support a measure only if its sponsor could demonstrate that the Constitution gave the government the power to act in a particular realm. Gowdy worked on the Committee on Judiciary, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. Gowdy frequently speaks on the floor of the House on issues ranging from Operation Fast and Furious to his support for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
    In August 2011 during the 2011 United States debt ceiling crisis, Gowdy opposed Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit bill, and he voted against the final debt ceiling agreement.
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  • 2010
    Age 45
    Gowdy ran for reelection to a second term against Democrat Deb Morrow. In the wake of the 2010 census, the redrawing of the district amended and cut sizable portions out of Gowdy's home county of Spartanburg County out of the district, while leaving all of Greenville County within the district.
    More Details Hide Details Gowdy was initially quoted as being "disappointed" with the version, despite the plan leaving the 4th district relatively a Republican stronghold. Regardless, the last and final map moved a portion of Greenville County to the 3rd district; and left all of Spartanburg County in the 4th district. Gowdy was quoted as being "pleased" with this version, as Greenville and Spartanburg counties remained linked. Roll Call rated his district as Safe Republican in 2012. Gowdy would later win re-election to a second term in 2014. He would defeat his competitor Morrow 65%–34%. Gowdy ran for reelection again in 2014. His only opponent was Libertarian Curtis E. McLaughlin. He was reelected with 85.2% of the popular vote.
    In the June 2010 primary, Gowdy ranked first with 39% of the vote, short of the 50% majority threshold to win outright and avoid a run-off.
    More Details Hide Details Inglis received 27% of the vote. Jim Lee got 14%, State Senator David L. Thomas got 13%, and former Historian of the United States House of Representatives Christina Jeffrey was last with 7% of the vote. In the run-off election, Gowdy defeated Inglis 70%–30%. The 4th district was so heavily considered Republican, that it was widely presumed Gowdy was assured a seat in that class of Congress. Gowdy defeated Democratic nominee Paul Corden 63%–29%.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    In the summer of 2009, Gowdy announced that he would challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis in the Republican primary for.
    More Details Hide Details Inglis, who got a 93% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union, angered the conservative wing of the Republican Party by taking stances that were perceived to be more moderate than those he'd taken when he'd first represented the district from 1993 to 1999, specifically and in large part regarding climate change. He drew five Republican challengers, including Gowdy. Like most of the challengers, Gowdy ran well to Inglis' right.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 39
    Gowdy was reelected in 2004 and 2008, both times unopposed.
    More Details Hide Details During his tenure, he appeared in two episodes of "Forensic Files," as well as Dateline NBC and SCETV. He prosecuted the full set of criminal cases, including seven death penalty cases. When the state faced a budget crunch that forced many employees to go on unpaid furloughs, Gowdy funneled part of his campaign account into the solicitor's budget so his staff could keep working.
  • 2000
    Age 35
    In February 2000, he left the United States Attorney’s Office to run for 7th Circuit Solicitor.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated incumbent Solicitor Holman Gossett in the Republican primary. He ran unopposed in the general election.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 29
    Gowdy served as clerk for John P. Gardner on the South Carolina Court of Appeals as well as for United States District Court Judge George Ross Anderson, Jr.. He then went into private practice before being selected as a U.S. federal prosecutor in April 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Gowdy would later be awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects.
  • 1989
    Age 24
    In 1989, Gowdy earned a J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details While at law school, he was a member of the scholastic honor society "Wig and Robe." Gowdy married Terri (née Dillard) Gowdy, a former Miss Spartanburg and 2nd runner up for Miss South Carolina. The couple have two children, Watson and Abigail. Terri Dillard Gowdy is a teacher's aide in the Spartanburg School District.
  • 1986
    Age 21
    Gowdy earned a B.A. in history from Baylor University in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He was a member of Kappa Omega Tau at Baylor.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 17
    Gowdy graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Trey Gowdy was born on August 22, 1964, in Greenville, South Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details He is the son of Novalene (née Evans) and Harold Watson "Hal" Gowdy, Jr, MD. He grew up in Spartanburg, where as a young man, he delivered newspapers for the local daily, and worked at the community market.
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