Congressional Profile: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) currently scores a 96% on our Legislative Scorecard and was part of the Tea Party wave that rode into Congress in the historic 2010 elections. Rep. Gowdy holds a firm belief that conservative principles and limited government are what will rescue our economy, and it is those principles that guide him in Congress. He has said that his test for supporting legislation in Congress is whether the bill’s sponsor can point to the section of the U.S. Constitution that would allow such legislation.

Rep. Gowdy was born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1964 and graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982. His father saved his money from a childhood paper route so that he could attend college. In 1986, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in history from Baylor University and went on to receive his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989. While in law school, he was a member of the scholastic honor society known as the “Order of the Wig and Robe.”

After law school, Rep. Gowdy clerked for the late John P. Gardner on the South Carolina Court of Appeals and United States District Court Judge Ross Anderson. In 1994, after going into private practice for a few years, Rep. Gowdy became a federal prosecutor.

Rep. Gowdy served as a prosecutor in both the federal and state systems for 16 years, prosecuting everything from shoplifting to seven death penalty cases, including the murder of a federal witness. He tried nearly 100 jury trials and lost just one. He was even awarded the Postal Inspector’s Award for successfully prosecuting J. Mark Allen, one of “America’s Most Wanted” suspects. Two years in a row he received the highest performance rating possible for a federal prosecutor.

In 2000, he was elected to be the 7th Circuit Solicitor, defeating incumbent Holman Gossett in the GOP primary. He ran unopposed in the general election, and was reelected in 2004 and 2008 without opposition. As the Solicitor, he appeared on the popular crime documentary series “Forensic Files” twice, as well as Dateline NBC and SCETV.

In the 2010 primary, Rep. Gowdy defeated incumbent Representative Bob Inglis for the nomination in a runoff, receiving 71% of the vote. In the general election, he beat Democratic opponent Paul Corden 64% to 29%.

Rep. Gowdy currently serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Education and Workforce.

Rep. Gowdy loves all sports but is good at just one – golf, which he plays regularly.

Rep. Gowdy is married to a former Miss Spartanburg and 2nd runner up Miss South Carolina Terri Dillard Gowdy. He says that his luck in marrying her is “proof there is a God and He loves me.” Together the couple have two children: Watson, 19; and Abigail, 15. The family owns three dogs named Judge, Jury and Bailiff, so its’ never difficult to figure out what Rep. Gowdy did before coming to Congress.

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  1. I noticed that MR. Gowdy is a believer in limited terms in Government. Does that include him or will he be like most politicians ; whose, beliefs are only for others excluding him.

  2. How far will the Republicans allow Obama to do treasonous acts against the United States and its Citizens ? He has now disclosed how much nuclear material we have to the world. He has disregarded the Constitution and so has the Supreme Court and every other democrat. Democrats and the Supreme Court took our flag, that is mentioned in the Constitution, and stands for American sacrifices and freedom, made it the disgrace of freedom of speech. What they have done is allow lunatic free loaders to decimate or flag and beliefs. I served 9 years in OUR ARMED SERVICE. I’m appalled that this treacherous action is allowed to happen. The President and all other government officials are supposed to work for the people, not the people work for government. I heard you say that your hopes are that both houses will have the Republican majority. I would love to see this, but what is being allowed by obama and the democrats is inexcusable. How can any offical hope to be re-elected while allowing the obama administration and democrats , tons of hillary clinton, continue their illegal dealings, there corruption and treasonous actions against the constitution, the country and its legal citizens. How is it that government are not ruled by the same constitution that defined us for over 200 years ? We have obama care…another illegal action, why all government get the beat benefits that the citizens they work for don’t ? The Constitution states all elected officials are subject to the same policiea as the citizens but yet that’s not the case. When a president coddles to Muslim and Islam, he is no longer a president but should be held for treason. Trying to over throw the country and people as well as the constitution is an act of treason and is stated do in the doctrines of this country. So why have the Republicans allowed this ? I aee how the networks are in bed with the democrats and only cover negative issues that are fabricates lies against only a handful of Republicans. I admire you to the fullest Mr. Gowdy, but how long do the Republicans think the citizens are going to take this kind of treatment against them and the Constitution ? There’s no fine line when it comes to treason. Hillary Clinton should not be running for president, she should be in prison. The majority of the citizens are mad and talking about removing all republicans from their respected seats. I would hate to see this happen, because the democrats are the cause and they have blamed it all on the RepublicRepublicanthe Republicans have sat back, and done nothing to stop the acts against this countries legal citizens. The majority of citizens believe the dems and Republican are in bed with one another because the Republicans have done nothing to stop the tyrant and as many have claimed, terrorist obam and clinton. I worry where this country is headed. I can guarantee that it will never be taken over by obama religion Islam. There are more hunters in two states then there are military in any country. Does the government think the citizwns won’t fight back ? They will not relinquish this country to any foreign or domestic bodies. I don’t know if that’s what government wants to happen, but I can’t believe that all do. Like I said, I’m a veteran, diabled and am angry that I have no dental coverage due to costs, yet free loading illegals can come over here and get a life of free handouts, for life, on the back of the American taxpayers. I lost everything due to an injury and bypass surgery, had to file bankruptcy and illegaks are getting free homes, not little homes, 300 thousand dollar homes while veterans like me are either on the street or reduced to shabby mobilehomes. Where is the fairness ? With all the voter fraud going on by certain candidates and parties, how can anyone trust government when they are constantly increasing their pay scale and benefits all the while they leave thise they sworn to work for behind and in poor life styles. How can that be ? Things are not going well for the legal citizens and they are fed up. I want to believe you are above all others currently in governmant. The only time I get to watch you rip into someone is on you tube. I hope the republicans can put the legal American people, the original Constitution, Bill of Right and Declaration of Independence in front of their own personal quest and gains before the democrats get majority of the seats in both houses. Again, thank you for allowing me to post. Other politicians hide out so they can’t be contacted. I am a fan of yours and hope the republicans get their business and duties under control.

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