Rep. Trey Gowdy announces he won't see re-election in 2018

UNITED STATES- OCTOBER 26 Rep. Trey Gowdy R-S.C. left leaves the Capitol after the House passed a fiscal 2018 budget resolution

A member of the House Intelligence Committee, Gowdy has been advocating for the release of the Committee memo on alleged government surveillance abuses.

A former federal prosecutor, Gowdy was first elected to the House in 2010, and became chair of the House Oversight Committee past year after Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, resigned his seat and his position as chairman.

"I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office; instead I will be returning to the justice system.", Gowdy said.

As chair of the House committee tasked with investigating the 2012 terrorist attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, Gowdy was vaulted into the national spotlight for his intense and critical questions about whether then- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could have prevented the attack or dealt with it more effectively.

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Page's ties to Russian Federation came back under scrutiny once he left the Trump campaign in September 2016. Rosenstein approved extension of the surveillance last spring.

Gowdy did not have to account for such factors when making his decision, which made his decision all the more surprising. He has played a leading role in the committee's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

He now serves as the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and is a senior member of the Intelligence Committee. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said the lack of investigations into the Trump administration and a dearth of hearings and legislation stand in stark contrast to how aggressively Republicans steered the committee when a Democrat was in the White House.

Gowdy's love for the legal system is evident even in the naming of his family dogs, Jury and Bailiff. Bob Brady, D-Pa., became the latest when he announced Wednesday that he won't seek another term.

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