The next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, replacing the resigning Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has been selected. It is Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC) who was chosen Thursday by the House GOP Steering Committee.
Gowdy issued a statement in response to being selected for the position, saying, “I am grateful to the Steering Committee and the Conference as a whole for this opportunity to serve. 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.”
The House GOP conference is expected to ratify the Steering Committee’s selection as soon as Tuesday. Gowdy would then immediately take over the duties of Oversight Committee chairman from Chaffetz.
Gowdy has been a member of Congress since 2010 and is only the eighth most senior member of the committee. Former Freedom Caucus chairman Jim Jordan was reportedly also being considered but his clashes with party leadership in that role made his selection unlikely. Gowdy, who supported and endorsed Senator Marco Rubio in the 2016 election, is regarded more favorably by a wider swath of GOP membership, including the establishment types, such as Speaker Ryan.
Chaffetz said of the Gowdy selection, “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.”
It’s unclear what type of relationship Gowdy may have with the White House, particularly if more of the never-ending “Russia” investigation into nothing is still planned following the Comey testimony. POLITICO reported that “Gowdy has made a conscious effort to shield himself from an appearance of being too closely tied to the White House: When the Trump-supporting Great America PAC donated $5,000 into Gowdy’s campaign account in March, he returned the donation.”
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