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Trey Gowdy Won't Seek Re-Election

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will not run for another term.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) will not run for another term.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, issued a statement saying he planned to retire from Congress at the end of this term and would return to working in the justice system. "Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system," the South Carolina Republican said. "As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding."

Gowdy is the ninth Republican chairman to announce his retirement.

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