Will Rep. Gowdy Replace Chaffetz as Key Committee Chair?

Jason Chaffetz was first elected to the House from Utah’s 3rd district in 2008. He rose in prominence and power, becoming the Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Chaffetz opposed Obamacare, same-sex marriage, climate change, mandatory vaccinations, Planned Parenthood, net neutrality and criticized the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack. He is a champion of conservative values and will be sorely missed when he retires at the end of June this summer.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Thursday that he will leave Congress on June 30, citing “big changes in his life” in a public letter to constituents.

“Julie and I are facing the reality of being empty nesters,” he wrote. “All of us, it appears, are ready to begin a new chapter.”

Chaffetz’s departure opens up one of the most powerful and closely scrutinized posts on Capitol Hill — the House majority’s chief inquisitor — amid serious questions about wrongdoing at the highest levels of the Trump administration.

An early favorite for the post emerged Thursday: Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who led the contentious House investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya — though it was unclear whether Gowdy wants the job…

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Prior to being elected to the House in 2011, Gowdy was a federal prosecutor for the US Attorney for the District of South Carolina. He served as the Chair of a House Select Committee that investigated the Benghazi attack. Although a conservative, he is not nearly so as Chaffetz, however, I personally have been impressed with many of this stances and statement on various issues over the past few years and believe he would make a fitting Chair replacement on the House Oversight Committee.

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