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Rep. Gowdy Not Running for Re-Election

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina), the former chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi and the current chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced that he will not be running for re-election in the 2018 midterms.

The 53-year-old Gowdy represents the heavily Republican 4th congressional district of South Carolina, and he will be the ninth GOP congressional committee chairman to hold off on reelection this season.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, first entered Congress by defeating an incumbent, former Rep. Bob Inglis, in the 2010 Republican primary.

In a press release, Gowdy stated that he is retiring not to pursue higher elected office, but instead to reenter the judicial system. He explicitly said, "I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office; instead I will be returning to the justice system."

Gowdy's full statement: