Born on August 22, 1964 (55 years), in Greenville, South Carolina, US, Harold Watson ‘Trey’ Gowdy III is an American former federal prosecutor and former politician. He was born to Harold Watson and Novalene and spent his childhood years in Spartanburg. He graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982 and then went on to study at Baylor University. He completed his Bachelor of Arts with a history major from Baylor University in 1986.
Trey Gowdy Marriage Details
Gowdy married Terri Gowdy and has two children with her – Watson and Abgail. Terri Gowdy is a former Miss Spartanburg and currently works as a first-grade teacher in the Spartanburg School Distrcit.
Trey Gowdy Net Worth, Car And House
Gowdy has an estimated net worth of $500 thousand as of 2019. The details about his house and car are not available.
Trey Gowdy Career Details
Gowdy had a full-fledged legal career as he clerked for federal judge George Ross Anderson Jr. of the United States District Court and for John P. Gardener on the South Carolina Court of Appeals. He then continued with private practice in South Carolina but in 1994, he was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney. He even successfully prosecuted J. Mark Allen who was one of ‘America’s Most Wanted’ suspects. He left the Attorney’s office in February 2000 to run for the 7th Circuit Solicitor and won. He was even reelected in 2004 and 2008.
In 2009, he challenged Bob Inglis for the 4th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and was able to win the election. He defeated Inglis 70%-30% and also defeated another democratic nominee Paul Corden with 63%-29%. In 2012, he ran for re-election and stood against Democrat Deb Morrow. He won the election by 65%-34% and successfully started his second term. In 2014, he ran for re-election again against Libertarian Curtis E. Mc.Laughlin and was reelected with 85% vote. He introduced the ‘ENFORCE the law act of 2014’ into the house in 2014. This bill would allow the United States House of Representatives as well as United States Senate to sue the President of the United States in a federal district court if the executive branch does not enforce a law. Republicans House agreed to the bill and thought it was necessary. Hence, the bill was passed but it has not become a law yet. After this, Gowdy stood against Democrat Chrish Fedalei in 2016 election and defeated him with 67% of the votes in his favour.
He had an added advantage during his tenure in Congress as he had strong legal background and had worked as a federal prosecutor in the past. Gowdy supported the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In June 2018, Gowdy urged that the investigation be closed but the suggestion was rejected as the special counsel wanted to finish the investigation properly.
Gowdy had also opposed the ‘debt limit bill’ and the ‘defense authorization bill’ in 2011. He has spoken in support of the Violence against Women Act and has been very vocal about being ‘pro-life plus’. He was also awarded with the ‘Defender of Economic Freedom’ award in 2012 by ‘Club for Growth’. This award was given as he was the congress member with the highest ranking for that year and Gowdy had scored 97 out of 100.
Trump had names Gowdy as a possible nominee for United States Attorney General in July 2015 but Trump was taken aback when Gowdy endorsed Senator Marco Rubio for president. This impacted the relation between Trump and Gowdy but after Rubio withdrew from the race, Gowdy showed his support for Trump. In 2017, it was revealed by the Congressional Officeof Compliance that during Gowdy’s time as a chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, another congressional aide who had been fired in the past for different reasons had reached a settlement with Congress and the House Employment Counsel. Elise Vieback of ‘PowerPost’ allegedly said that Gowdy was responsible for using the taxpayer money to pay the claim against the government. Later, in May 2018, Gowdy spoke against Trump’s conspiracy theory that FBI had spied on his presidential campaign in 2016. He was attacked by various Trump allies for his statement but the stood strong with his opinions.