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Harold Watson "Trey" Gowdy III is an American attorney and politician

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BirthdayAugust 22, 1964
NationalityAmerican
FamousU.s. Representative, Lawyers & Judges, Political Leaders
City/StateSouth Carolina
SpousesTerri Gowdy
Childrens Abigail Gowdy, Watson Gowdy
Universities
  • University of South Carolina School of Law (1989)
  • Baylor University (1986)
  • University of South Carolina
Birth PlaceGreenville, South Carolina, United States
GenderMale
FatherHarold Watson Gowdy, Jr
MotherNovalene Gowdy
Sun SignLeo
Born inGreenville, South Carolina, United States
Famous asU.S. Representative
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Who is Trey Gowdy?

Harold Watson "Trey" Gowdy III is an American lawyer, former prosecutor and statesman presently serving as the US Representative for South Carolina's 4th congressional district. He embarked on a legal career in clerical position in the South Carolina Court of Appeals and then went on to serve the District of South Carolina as a federal prosecutor in the early 1990’s. Serving the position for around six years, he prosecuted varied federal crimes and attained highest performance ratings that can be achieved by a federal prosecutor, two years in succession. A member of the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement, he served as Solicitor for South Carolina's 7th Judicial Circuit prior to his election to the Congress. Gowdy as US House Representative since 2011 serves on the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Ethics, Education and the Workforce and Judiciary. He is also the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. He also serves as Chairman of a House Select Committee to investigate events surrounding Benghazi terrorist attack in 2012.

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Childhood & Early Life

Trey Gowdy was born Harold Watson Gowdy III on August 22, 1964, in Greenville, South Carolina to Dr. Harold Watson "Hal" Gowdy, Jr and Novalene (née Evans). He was raised in Spartanburg.

In his youth he would work at the community market and also deliver local newspaper. In 1982, he graduated from ‘Spartanburg High School’.

In 1986, he obtained a BA degree in History from ‘Baylor University’. He then went on to obtain a Juris Doctor degree from ‘University of South Carolina School of Law’ in 1989 where he remained a member of the scholastic honor society ‘Order of the Wig and Robe’.

Career

Beginning his legal career as a clerk he worked for John P. Gardner on the South Carolina Court of Appeals and went on to serve George Ross Anderson, Jr., a judge of US District Court.

He then started practicing privately and in April 1994 he was chosen as a US federal prosecutor. His tenure in such capacity saw him prosecuting a wide range of federal crimes including cases associated with child pornography, murder, bank robberies and narcotics trafficking rings among others.

He was successful in prosecuting one of ‘America’s Most Wanted’ suspects J. Mark Allen that won him the Postal Inspector’s Award. As a federal prosecutor, he also earned highest performance ratings successively for two years.

In order to run for 7th Circuit Solicitor, Gowdy quit the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) in February 2000. In the Republican primary he beat incumbent Solicitor Holman Gossett while in the general election he ran unopposed thus becoming the Solicitor for South Carolina's 7th Judicial Circuit.

Leading an office of twenty-five attorneys, Gowdy took several initiatives as 7th Circuit Solicitor including setting up a Worthless Check Program and a Violence Against Women Task Force, putting into action a Drug Mother Protocol; and expanding Drug Court.

He got re-elected unopposed in 2004 and in 2008. While serving the position he featured in two episodes of the American documentary-style series ‘Forensic Files’; in the American weekly TV news magazine/reality legal show ‘Dateline NBC’; and in the public TV network ‘South Carolina Educational Television’.

Among the criminal cases he prosecuted there were seven death penalty cases.

Gowdy declared his intent to run for the US House of Representatives elections from South Carolina's 4th congressional district in summer 2009, challenging incumbent Republican US Congressman, Bob Inglis.

During the June 2010 primary elections, Gowdy earned 39% votes while Inglis and other challengers namely Jim Lee, David L. Thomas and Christina Jeffrey earned 27%, 14%, 13% and 7% votes respectively.

As he couldn’t garner 50% votes, a run-off election between him and Inglis was conducted where he earned 70% of the votes. He then went on to defeat Democrat nominee Paul Corden among others to win the South Carolina's 4th congressional district election, 2010.

On January 3, 2011, he assumed office as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina's 4th district. He succeeded in retaining his seat during the 2012, 2014 and 2016 elections thus winning four times in a row.

As Representative he serves Committee on the Judiciary including its Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice and Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations where he is presently the Chairman.

He also serves the Committee on Ethics; Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform including its Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits and Administrative Rules and Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs.

He was against the 2011 defense authorisation bill. He was also not in favour of the Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit bill and opposed it in the midst of the 2011 United States debt ceiling crisis in August that year.

A frequent speaker on the House floor, Gowdy takes up matters starting from backing reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and Operation Fast and Furious.

‘Club for Growth’, a 501(c)(4) fiscally conservative organization, bestowed upon him the ‘Defender of Economic Freedom’ award in 2012. He was one of the 34 congressmen who achieved highest ranking in the organisation’s metrics to receive the award that year with his score being 97 out of 100.

He went on to sign the ‘Contract from America’ that inspires congressional candidates to follow ten agenda items including simplifying the tax system, demanding a balanced federal budget, reduction of taxes, limiting annual growth in federal spending and restricting earmarks among others.

Over the years, he has sponsored eleven bills that include the H.R. 6620 bill and the H.R. 2076 bill, both of which were introduced during the 112th Congress and were signed into law in 2013 on January 10 and January 14 respectively.

He presented the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 (H.R. 4138) in the House on March 4, 2014 during 113th Congress. The bill though passed in the House is not yet signed into law.

H.R. 4138 would enable the US Senate and the US House of Representatives to sue the US President to make clear a federal law in a federal court, that is look for a declaratory judgement, in case of non-enforcement of the law by the executive branch.

He was named as a probable nominee for Attorney General in the Donald Trump cabinet by the latter, a Republican nominee, in July 2015. However, his support for Senator Marco Rubio for President made his equation with Trump campaign stressed.

When Rubio lost Republican primary to Trump in his home state Florida, and pulled out from Presidential race on March 15, 2016, Gowdy lend his support for Trump on May 20, citing that although he was a “Rubio guy”, Trump would get his support for President as a presumptive Republican nominee.

Personal Life & Legacy

He is married to Terri (née Dillard) Gowdy. She was one of the finalists of the Miss South Carolina contest and became Miss Spartanburg. Terri presently serves as a teacher’s aide in the Spartanburg School District.

The couple is blessed with a son, Watson, who is in his sophomore year at the ‘Clemson University’, and a daughter, Abigail.

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Trey Gowdy biography timelines

  • // 22nd Aug 1964
    Trey Gowdy was born Harold Watson Gowdy III on August 22, 1964, in Greenville, South Carolina to Dr. Harold Watson "Hal" Gowdy, Jr and Novalene (née Evans). He was raised in Spartanburg.
  • // 1982
    In his youth he would work at the community market and also deliver local newspaper. In 1982, he graduated from ‘Spartanburg High School’.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, he obtained a BA degree in History from ‘Baylor University’. He then went on to obtain a Juris Doctor degree from ‘University of South Carolina School of Law’ in 1989 where he remained a member of the scholastic honor society ‘Order of the Wig and Robe’.
  • // 1994
    He then started practicing privately and in April 1994 he was chosen as a US federal prosecutor. His tenure in such capacity saw him prosecuting a wide range of federal crimes including cases associated with child pornography, murder, bank robberies and narcotics trafficking rings among others.
  • // 2004
    He got re-elected unopposed in 2004 and in 2008. While serving the position he featured in two episodes of the American documentary-style series ‘Forensic Files’; in the American weekly TV news magazine/reality legal show ‘Dateline NBC’; and in the public TV network ‘South Carolina Educational Television’.
  • // 2010
    As he couldn’t garner 50% votes, a run-off election between him and Inglis was conducted where he earned 70% of the votes. He then went on to defeat Democrat nominee Paul Corden among others to win the South Carolina's 4th congressional district election, 2010.
  • // Jun 2010
    During the June 2010 primary elections, Gowdy earned 39% votes while Inglis and other challengers namely Jim Lee, David L. Thomas and Christina Jeffrey earned 27%, 14%, 13% and 7% votes respectively.
  • // 2011
    He was against the 2011 defense authorisation bill. He was also not in favour of the Speaker John Boehner’s debt limit bill and opposed it in the midst of the 2011 United States debt ceiling crisis in August that year.
  • // 3rd Jan 2011
    On January 3, 2011, he assumed office as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina's 4th district. He succeeded in retaining his seat during the 2012, 2014 and 2016 elections thus winning four times in a row.
  • // 2013
    Over the years, he has sponsored eleven bills that include the H.R. 6620 bill and the H.R. 2076 bill, both of which were introduced during the 112th Congress and were signed into law in 2013 on January 10 and January 14 respectively.
  • // 2014
    He presented the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 (H.R. 4138) in the House on March 4, 2014 during 113th Congress. The bill though passed in the House is not yet signed into law.
  • // Jul 2015
    He was named as a probable nominee for Attorney General in the Donald Trump cabinet by the latter, a Republican nominee, in July 2015. However, his support for Senator Marco Rubio for President made his equation with Trump campaign stressed.
  • // Mar 2016
    When Rubio lost Republican primary to Trump in his home state Florida, and pulled out from Presidential race on March 15, 2016, Gowdy lend his support for Trump on May 20, citing that although he was a “Rubio guy”, Trump would get his support for President as a presumptive Republican nominee.

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    Trey Gowdy was born at 1964-08-22

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    Trey Gowdy was born in Greenville, South Carolina, United States

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    Trey Gowdy's nationalities is American

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    Trey Gowdy's spouses is Terri Gowdy

  • Who is Trey Gowdy childrens?

    Trey Gowdy's childrens is Abigail Gowdy, Watson Gowdy

  • What was Trey Gowdy universities?

    Trey Gowdy studied at University of South Carolina School of Law (1989), Baylor University (1986), University of South Carolina

  • Who is Trey Gowdy's father?

    Trey Gowdy's father is Harold Watson Gowdy, Jr

  • Who is Trey Gowdy's mother?

    Trey Gowdy's mother is Novalene Gowdy

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    Trey Gowdy is Leo

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