Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) will replace Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The Senate Steering Committee voted to make Gowdy the new chairman during a meeting Thursday.
Gowdy, who never officially announced a bid for the position, is a natural choice. He has headed up the House’s Select Committee on Benghazi since 2014.
The select committee helped bring to light former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and Gowdy himself went head-to-head with Clinton regarding her classified emails in a now-infamous 2015 hearing.
Former Chairman Chaffetz said, who announced his surprising resignation earlier this year, “Trey Gowdy is the right person for the job. He has a long history of demanding accountability, upholding transparency, and relentlessly pursuing the truth.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan also released a statement praising the decision, saying that Gowdy “has proven that he will always look out for taxpayers and seek answers from the bureaucracy. Trey has my absolute confidence.”
“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,” said Gowdy.
Gowdy has only been in Congress since 2010 and will be the only member from South Carolina to head a congressional committee.
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