Trey Gowdy Resigns From House Ethics Committee


Pending Replacement

Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina has resigned from the House Ethics Committee pending Speaker Paul Ryan’s designation of a replacement.

Gowdy, a Tea Party Republican, spent two years and $7 million investigating Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the chairman of the United States House Select Committee on Benghazi. In June of last year, the hyper-partisan endeavor found “no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the 2012 attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead."

Gowdy tendered his resignation to House Speaker Paul Ryan via a letter, a matter of congressional record:


The SPEAKER pro tempore laid before the House the following  resignation as a member of the Committee on Ethics:

Dear Speaker Ryan: Thank you for the privilege of serving for the past 5 years on the House Ethics Committee. While few, if any, members seek this assignment, the collegiality of the members coupled with the seriousness of the jurisdiction have made it an experience I will treasure.

When I became Chairperson of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform I knew I would not be able to keep all other committee assignments to include Judiciary, Intelligence and Ethics. Four committee assignments, including a Chairmanship, is a challenging workload.I was happy to finish out the calendar year and conclude some matters then pending before the Committee.

Accordingly, I tender my resignation from the House Ethics Committee pending your designation of a replacement. Thank you again for this opportunity and thank you to my colleagues on the Committee for their hard work and friendship.


Trey Gowdy,

Member of Congress.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection, the resignation is accepted. There was no objection.

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