South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced Wednesday that he is retiring from Congress at the end of his term and will not seek re-election. However, could the door be opening soon for a Justice Gowdy?
“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 said in a statement.
The former federal prosecutor was elected to Congress in 2010. He quickly gained fame for his role in investigating Obama administration scandals on the Oversight Committee and then as the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
The 53-year-old Gowdy, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, has been outspoken about the FBI’s investigations into 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email practices, as well as the Russia probe involving President Trump and his aides. Most recently, he has been a proponent of publicly releasing the House Intelligence Committee memo on alleged government surveillance abuses.
Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system,” he said. “As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding.”
Though he is leaving politics and giving up his chairmanship of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, some have speculated that Gowdy might someday hold an even more important title — that of Supreme Court justice.
The same day Gowdy announced his pending departure from Congress and politics, a seat opened up on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Judge Dennis W. Shedd, who serves on the Richmond, Virginia-based federal court, assumed senior status on Wednesday, meaning that he is leaving active service, though he will still be involved in some cases.
According to The Daily Caller News Foundation, Shedd’s seat covers part of South Carolina. This might open the door for President Donald Trump to nominate Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, to the court.
Before being elected to Congress, Gowdy served as a state solicitor and federal prosecutor. Moreover, his name as been thrown around before as someone who might potentially be nominated to the federal bench.
“Don’t be surprised if Gowdy is Trump’s pick to replace Shedd for a life-tenured position (and maybe an outside shot someday at the Supreme Court),” McLaughlin wrote.
At least on Twitter, many people seemed to welcome the idea of a “Justice” Gowdy.
My former colleague @TGowdySC would make a great Supreme Court justice.https://www.mediaite.com/online/trey-gowdy-announces-he-will-not-seek-re-election/ …
Trey Gowdy’s decision not to seek reelection is a body blow to the House of Representatives, the conservative cause, and the people of South Carolina.
Trey Gowdy for Supreme Court Justice!!!
So lets get this straight: We have an AMAZING SOTU speech from POTUS last night that really uplifted the country- on both sides- then today, we have a train crash involving only Republicans, and all of these politicians announcing they are retiring
My hopes are Trey Gowdy is lining up for Head of FBI or possible Supreme Court seat !
This is a great loss in the political fight against the Deep State and PC ruling elite
Trey Gowdy would make a great Supreme Court justice https://twitter.com/TGowdySC/status/958750202206318592 …
Greenville County GOP chair Nate Leupp, meanwhile, noted that Gowdy becoming a federal judge is certainly a possibility.
“We’ve been hearing for a long time that Congressman Gowdy wanted to leave D.C.,” Leupp told The Greenville News. “We wonder if that’s what he’s been eyeing.”
“I think that the president would definitely be looking towards Congressman Gowdy for something like that,” he added.
Gowdy, on Wednesday, did not elaborate about his future plans outside of the reference to the “justice system.” He’s a former assistant U.S. attorney who served as a county solicitor in his home state of South Carolina before running for Congress in 2010.
Let us know what you think! Would you like to see a Justice Gowdy in the near future?
Resources: Fox News, Western Journalism, The Hill