Repub­li­cans pick Gowdy to re­place Chaf­fetz as panel chair­man

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — David Sherfin­ski

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.

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