Trey Gowdy


Harold Watson “Trey” Gowdy III (R-SC represents South Carolina’s 4th congression district. He was elected in 2011. About himself, Gowdy writes:

Representing South Carolina’s 4th District, Trey Gowdy entered Congress with a resolute commitment to the conservative principles that have guided him throughout his years in public service. At the core of those principles lies a firm belief in a limited government that inspires trust and demands accountability.

Trey graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982, Baylor University in 1986 with a degree in history, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989 where he was a member of the scholastic honor society “Order of the Wig and Robe.”

For 6 years as a federal prosecutor, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness. He was awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row.

As 7th Circuit Solicitor, Trey led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. During his tenure, he started a Violence Against Women Task Force and a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and implemented a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.

He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim’s rights and drunken driving enforcement and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions.

Representative Gowdy, a tea party favorite, says he “has fought to highlight facts, uphold the Constitution, rein in the ever-expanding scope of the federal government, and restore America’s trust with a renewed spirit of honesty, fairness and reason.”  Let’s examine some actions and issues:

    • Today (March 12), the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4138, the Enforce the Law Act, by a vote of 233-181. Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) introduced this legislation with Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA.).
    • U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Fourth District Congressman Trey Gowdy today pushed legislation which gives states the ability to ‘Opt-Out’ of the major provisions of Obamacare.
    • Congressman Trey Gowdy voted against the deal to raise the debt deal and fund the government through January 15, 2014, saying, “This agreement falls short of what we could have done and what we should have done; hence I could not support it. Nevertheless, issues related to fiscal responsibility and the systemic shortcomings of Obamacare will emerge again soon, and I trust we can be more persuasive in making our argument to the American people.”
    • “Regrettably the President took what was supposed to be a “State of the Union” and turned it into a state of his re-election bid.  It is disappointing to see someone willing to divide this country solely for the sake of his political fortunes.  This is the 3rd State of the Union address the President has given and there is still no plan to save social security, no plan to make sure Medicare is reformed and saved, no plan to pay down the debt and no plan to balance the budget.”

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© William Hungerford – March 2014

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