Trey Gowdy’s decision to leave Congress has received wide mixed feelings with many blaming it on his strained relations with Donald Trump. Nevertheless, the American attorney, politician and former federal prosecutor maintained that his work at Congress was done.
Gowdy who is also a TV news personality was South Carolina’s 4th congressional district at the U.S. Representative, from 2011 to 2019. He is, however, best known for playing a leading role in most decisions taken in Congress. Aside from his professional career, one thing that may draw your attention to the American legal personality is his terrible hair cut. Read on to know more about the Congressman.
Who are the parents of Trey Gowdy?
Recalling his early life, Trey Gowdy was born Harold Watson Gowdy III in Greenville, South Carolina to Dr. Harold Watson “Hal” Gowdy, Jr and Novalene (née Evans). He was raised in Spartanburg. In his youth, he would work at the community market and also deliver the local newspapers. He is American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. His birth sign is Leo.
Regarding his education, He graduated from Spartanburg High School. Later, he obtained a BA degree in History from Baylor University. He then went on to obtain a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989 where he remained a member of the scholastic honor society Order of the Wig and Robe.
When did Trey Godway start politics?
- Talking about his career, Trey worked for John P. Gardner on the South Carolina Court of Appeals and went on to serve George Ross Anderson, Jr., a judge of the US District Court.
- He then started practicing privately and in April 1994 he was chosen as a US federal prosecutor. His tenure in such capacity saw him prosecuting a wide range of federal crimes including cases associated with child pornography, murder, bank robberies and narcotics trafficking rings among others.
- He was successful in prosecuting one of ‘America’s Most Wanted’ suspects J. Mark Allen that won him the Postal Inspector’s Award. As a federal prosecutor, he also earned the highest performance ratings successively for two years.
- To run for 7th Circuit Solicitor, Gowdy quit the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) in February 2000. In the Republican primary, he beat incumbent Solicitor Holman Gossett while in the general election he ran unopposed thus becoming the Solicitor for South Carolina’s 7th Judicial Circuit.
- Leading an office of twenty-five attorneys, Gowdy took several initiatives as 7th Circuit Solicitor including setting up a Worthless Check Program and a Violence Against Women Task Force, putting into action a Drug Mother Protocol; and expanding Drug Court.
- He got re-elected unopposed in 2004 and 2008. While serving the position he featured in two episodes of the American documentary-style series ‘Forensic Files’; in the American weekly TV news magazine/reality legal show ‘Dateline NBC’; and in the public TV network ‘South Carolina Educational Television’.
- Among the criminal cases, he prosecuted there were seven death penalty cases. He declared his intent to run for the US House of Representatives elections from South Carolina’s 4th congressional district in summer 2009, challenging incumbent Republican US Congressman, Bob Inglis.
- During the June 2010 primary elections, Gowdy earned 39% votes while Inglis and other challengers namely Jim Lee, David L. Thomas, and Christina Jeffrey earned 27%, 14%, 13%, and 7% votes respectively.
- As he couldn’t garner 50% votes, a run-off election between him and Inglis was conducted where he earned 70% of the votes. He then went on to defeat Democrat nominee Paul Corden among others to win South Carolina’s 4th congressional district election, 2010.
- On January 3, 2011, he assumed office as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina’s 4th district. He succeeded in retaining his seat during 2012, 2014 and 2016 elections thus winning four times in a row.
- As Representative he serves Committee on the Judiciary including its Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice and Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations where he is presently the Chairman.
- He also serves the Committee on Ethics; Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform including its Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules and Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs.
- He was against the 2011 defense authorization bill. He was also not in favor of Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit bill and opposed it during the 2011 United States debt-ceiling crisis in August that year.
- A frequent speaker on the House floor, Gowdy takes up matters starting from backing reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and Operation Fast and Furious.
- ‘Club for Growth’, a 501(c)(4) fiscally conservative organization, bestowed upon him the ‘Defender of Economic Freedom’ award in 2012. He was one of the 34 congressmen who achieved the highest ranking in the organization’s metrics to receive the award that year with his score being 97 out of 100.
- He went on to sign the ‘Contract from America’ that inspires congressional candidates to follow ten agenda items including simplifying the tax system, demanding a balanced federal budget, reduction of taxes, limiting the annual growth in federal spending and restricting earmarks among others.
- Over the years, he has sponsored eleven bills that include the H.R. 6620 bill and the H.R. 2076 bill, both of which were introduced during the 112th Congress and were signed into law in 2013 on January 10 and January 14 respectively.
- He presented the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 (H.R. 4138) in the House on March 4, 2014, during the 113th Congress. The bill though passed in the House is not yet signed into law.
- He was named as a probable nominee for Attorney General in the Donald Trump cabinet by the latter, a Republican nominee, in July 2015. However, his support for Senator Marco Rubio for President made his equation with the Trump campaign stressed.
- When Rubio lost Republican primary to Trump in his home state Florida and pulled out from Presidential race on March 15, 2016, he lends his support for Trump on May 20, citing that although he was a “Rubio guy”, Trump would get his support for President as a presumptive Republican nominee.
- In May 2018, Gowdy challenged President Trump’s unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that the FBI had spied on his 2016 presidential campaign. As a result of this, Gowdy was attacked by various Trump allies, and Politico reported that Gowdy was “virtually alone, getting little support from his House colleagues.”
Who is Trey Gowdy married to?
Reflecting on her personal life, Trey is married to Terri (née Dillard) Gowdy. She was one of the finalists of the Miss South Carolina contest and became Miss Spartanburg. Terri presently serves as a teacher’s aide in the Spartanburg School District. The couple was blessed with a son, Watson and a daughter, Abigail. As of now, the couple seems to be happy and no such rumor of separation or divorce on available in online sites.
How much net worth does Trey Gowdy own?
From his political career, Trey must earn the sum of a good amount of money and fame as a member of Congress. As per online sites, his current annual salary said to be $174 Thousand. However, his estimated net worth is under a review at present.
How tall is Trey Gowdy?
Observing his body statistics, Trey stands a height of 5 feet 9 inches with a fine-looking personality. We have not much more information about the politician as of now. In the case of we update, we will let you know.