South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy has been picked as the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, after conquering Oklahoma’s Steve Russell for the position.
Gowdy will take the place of the outgoing Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who revealed he will be retiring from Congress this previous month. Chaffetz’ last day on the position will be in June 30.
“Trey Gowdy is the right person for the job. 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,” Chaffetz stated.
“The steering committee was fortunate to have two good options. I congratulate Steve Russell for throwing his hat in the ring. He has loyally served this country first in the U.S. Army, and now in his current capacity representing the people of Oklahoma. I have high expectations of the contributions he can make going forward.”
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as Chairman of this historic Committee. I look forward to working with Chairman-elect Gowdy to ensure a smooth transition of the gavel,” he segued.
Gowdy is an ex federal prosecutor and a member of the Committee at the moment. Back in 2014 he was set to head the House Select Committee on Benghazi. He is also working in the House Intelligence Committee, which has been investigating Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
The House Republican Conference will vote on his nomination on Tuesday.
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