Trey Gowdy

American politician and political commentator

Trey Gowdy (born August 22, 1964) is an American politician. In 2011, he became the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district. He chaired the House Benghazi Committee. Gowdy is a member of the Republican Party.[1]

Trey Gowdy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 4th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byBob Inglis
Succeeded byWilliam Timmons
Chairman of the House Benghazi Committee
In office
May 8, 2014 – July 8, 2016
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Harold Watson Gowdy III

(1964-08-22) August 22, 1964 (age 59)
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Terri Gowdy
ChildrenAbigail and Watson
Alma materBaylor University
University of South Carolina
WebsiteHouse website

Gowdy was born on August 22, 1964 in Greenville, South Carolina.[2] In 1982 he graduated from Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, South Carolina.[3] In 1986 he graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.[3] Gowdy graduated from University of South Carolina School of Law.[4] He was an assistant U.S. attorney from 1994 to 2000.[4] Gowdy was then elected state district attorney in South Carolina.[5] He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2010.[6] On May 4, 2015 he was named to head the special House panel to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attack.[7] He is married to Terri Gowdy. They have two children.[8]

On January 31, 2018, Gowdy announced he would not seek re-election in 2018 and that he intends to pursue a legal career instead of politics.[9][10]


  1. "McMorris Rodgers, Cathy". Office of Art and Archives and Office of the Historian, The United States Congress. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  2. "Information on Representative Trey Gowdy of Congressional District number 4 of South Carolina". Contacting the Congress. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Trey Gowdy Congressman". Republican National Committee. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jennifer Steinhauer (9 July 2014). "Reputation for Zeal Precedes Republican Leading New Benghazi Inquiry". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  5. "Trey Gowdy Captains Benghazi Investigation As The Anti-Issa"., Inc. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  6. Benjy Sarlin (9 May 2014). "Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy: 5 things to know". NBC UNIVERSAL. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  7. Francine Kiefer (5 May 2014). "House Benghazi investigation: Who is Trey Gowdy? (+video)". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  8. "Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)". CQ-Roll Call, Inc. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  9. "Trey Gowdy". Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  10. Dumain, 2018.

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