Gowdy chosen to succeed Chaffetz as House Oversight Chairman

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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was elected Thursday to serve as the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. As reported earlier this week, the Republican Steering Committee was responsible for making the nomination.

Gowdy released a statement, acknowledging the nomination. He said,“I am grateful to the Steering Committee and the Conference as a whole for this opportunity to serve. I look forward to working alongside the other Committee members, as well as any member of Congress, as we discharge the jurisdiction assigned to us.”

Gowdy’s position will not be official until confirmed by the full Republican Conference on Tuesday. When confirmed, he will replace outgoing Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who has resigned and is set to leave office at the end of June.

Chaffetz also released a statement, supporting Gowdy’s nomination. “Trey Gowdy is the right person for the job,” Chaffetz said. “He has a long history of demanding accountability, upholding transparency, and relentlessly pursuing the truth. Under his capable leadership, the Committee will continue to work towards ensuring effectiveness and efficiency throughout the federal government. As his friend and colleague, I have every confidence in his abilities moving forward.”

Gowdy has received support from others as well, including Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Speaker of the House Sen. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Gowdy is currently a member of the Committee. With his new position, he will now lead the probe into President Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey.

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