WASHINGTON — 6/8/17 – The House Republican Steering Committee has recommended that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) be named chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, to succeed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement:
“Trey Gowdy possesses the experience and deep commitment to transparency and accountability necessary to be the House’s next Oversight chairman. He has proven that he will always look out for taxpayers and seek answers from the bureaucracy. Trey has my absolute confidence, and I know he will do an outstanding job.
“I want to thank Steve Russell for putting his name forward for chairman. Steve will undoubtedly continue to play a critical role on the committee pushing for reform and fighting wasteful spending.”
NOTE: This recommendation will be presented to the full House Republican Conference for official ratification.
Washington, DC – Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the Steering Committee elected him to serve as Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
“I am grateful to the Steering Committee and the Conference as a whole for this opportunity to serve. The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has jurisdiction in a variety of areas as outlined in the Rules of the House for the 115th Congress. That jurisdiction includes compulsory and original jurisdiction as well as secondary and permissive jurisdiction. Oversight is constitutionally authorized and important to ensure branch integrity and equilibrium, which is, in part, why other Standing Committees have subcommittees dedicated to providing oversight and all other Standing Committees have oversight responsibilities. The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is also responsible for recommending and implementing reform initiatives calculated to improve government efficiency, transparency and efficacy. I look forward to working alongside the other Committee members, as well as any member of Congress, as we discharge the jurisdiction assigned to us.”
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Harold Watson Gowdy III, better known as Trey Gowdy, is an American attorney, politician and former prosecutor. He currently serves as the U.S. Representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district.