Republicans pick Gowdy to replace Chaffetz as panel chairman
The House Republican Steering Committee on Thursday picked Rep. Trey Gowdy to serve as the next chairman of the House oversight committee, replacing Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
Mr. Gowdy said in a statement he’s “grateful” to the steering committee and the GOP conference for the opportunity to serve. The full Republican conference would have to ratify the recommendation.
“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 South Carolina Republican said.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Mr. Gowdy, who currently sits on the oversight committee, has his “absolute confidence.”
Mr. Chaffetz, the Utah Republican and current chairman of the committee who is resigning from Congress effective June 30, said Mr. Gowdy is “the right person for the job.”
“He has a long history of demanding accountability, upholding transparency, and relentlessly pursuing the truth,” Mr. Chaffetz said.
Mr. Gowdy also served as chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, set up in the wake of the Sept. 2012 terrorist attack.
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the oversight panel’s ranking Democrat, also worked with Mr. Gowdy on the Benghazi select committee.
“I look forward to working with him in a constructive and bipartisan manner on an agenda that serves the interests of the American people,” Mr. Cummings said of Mr. Gowdy.
On Thursday, the House Republican Steering Committee selected Rep. Trey Gowdy, Republican South Carolina, to serve as the next chairman of the House oversight committee.