Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection in 2018, becoming the tenth Republican committee chairman to retire since President Trump took office.
“There is a time to come and a time to go. This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system,” Gowdy said in a statement on Twitter.
“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.
The Hill added:
His retirement will breathe life into the fourth district’s GOP primary, as no substantial candidate had been willing to challenge Gowdy. The seat is almost certain to remain in Republican hands — President Trump won the district by 26 points in 2016 and voters haven’t elected a Democrat to the House in that seat in more than two decades.
That fact will give Republicans a sigh of relief as they look at challenging 2018 midterm climate. While Gowdy leaves behind a safe seat, retirements by a handful of other top Republicans in the past few months have helped to expand the House battlefield.
But his departure will have an impact on Republican leadership in Congress.