South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy announced Wednesday his plans to retire, saying he won’t seek re-election at the end of his term and outlining his plans to return to work in the US legal system.
The high-ranking Republican released an official statement through his office, announcing his impending retirement; adding the GOP lawmaker “enjoys our justice system more than our political system.”
“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. As I look back on my career, it is the jobs that both seek and reward fairness that are most rewarding,” said the statement.
“There is no perfect time to make this announcement,” Gowdy added. “But with filing opening in six weeks, it is important to give the women and men in South Carolina who might be interested in serving ample time to reflect on the decision.”
Rep. Gowdy is one of the highest-ranking Republicans to announce his plans to leave the US Congress.
He currently serves as the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and is a senior member of the Intelligence Committee.
h/t Daily Caller