Gowdy stepping down from role on the House Ethics Committee

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Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy (S.C.) has announced that he will step down from his role on the United States House Committee on Ethics. The Saturday announcement comes after he made his intentions known to the speaker of the House on Wednesday.

According to a new report from The Hill, Gowdy’s  resignation stems from “a challenging workload.”

Gowdy’s workload includes his work as a member of the Judiciary  & the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gowdy will be stepping down from his work on the Ethics committee, a non-partisan entity established to monitor ethical conduct in the House.

The Hill reports:

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) dated Jan. 10, Gowdy said that he would “treasure” his experience on the Ethics panel, but acknowledged that it was difficult balancing that assignment with his work on other committees.

“When I became Chairperson of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform I knew I would not be able to keep all other committee assignments to include Judiciary, Intelligence and Ethics,” Gowdy wrote.

“Four committee assignments, including a Chairmanship, is a challenging workload,” the letter said.

Gowdy said that he wanted to finish out the 2017 calendar year before tendering his resignation from the Ethics Committee.

Gowdy took over as chairman of the Oversight Committee in June after the panel’s previous chair, former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), retired from the House. 

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