Trey Gowdy

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Trey Gowdy
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U.S. House, South Carolina, District 4
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorBob Inglis (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,671,439
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBaylor University, 1986
J.D.University of South Carolina, 1989
Date of birthAugust 22, 1964
Place of birthGreenville, SC
Net worth$0
Office website

Trey Gowdy (b. August 22, 1964, in Greenville, South Carolina) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of South Carolina. Gowdy was first elected in 2010.[1] He won re-election in 2012.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Gowdy served as a clerk in the United States District Court and as a solicitor to the 7th circuit court.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Gowdy is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Gowdy's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1986: Graduated from Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • 1989: Graduated from University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia
  • 1994-2000: Clerk, United States District Court; assistant U. S. attorney
  • 2001-2010: Solicitor, 7th Circuit
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from South Carolina

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Gowdy serves on the following committees:[3]


  • Education and the Workforce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
  • Judiciary Committee
    • Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement
    • Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law
  • Oversight and Government Reform Committee
    • Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs
    • Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives
    • Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Gowdy voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[4]



See also: United States Senate special election in South Carolina, 2014

Gowdy was rumored as a possible appointee to Jim DeMint's U.S. Senate seat. On December 17, 2012, Gov. Nikki Haley announced she had chosen to appoint Representative Tim Scott to fill DeMint's seat beginning in January 2013. Although Gowdy was not appointed, he could still run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.[5][6][7]


See also: South Carolina's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Gowdy won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, to represent South Carolina's 4th District. He was unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12 and defeated Deb Morrow (D) and Jeff Sumerel (G) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9]

U.S. House, South Carolina District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Deb Morrow 33.7% 89,964
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTrey Gowdy Incumbent 64.9% 173,201
     Green Jeff Sumerel 1.3% 3,390
     N/A Write-In 0.1% 329
Total Votes 266,884
Source: South Carolina State Election Commission "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gowdy is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gowdy raised a total of $1,671,439 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 28, 2013.[11]

Trey Gowdy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (South Carolina, District 4) Won $728,767
2010 US House (South Carolina, District 4) Won $942,672
Grand Total Raised $1,671,439


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Gowdy's reports.[12]

Trey Gowdy (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]5/01/2013$270,956.98$53,463.00$(17,919.42)$306,500.26
July Quarterly[14]7/12/2013$306,500.26$176,590.83$(97,411.88)$385,679.21
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Gowdy's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Gowdy won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Gowdy's campaign committee raised a total of $728,767 and spent $533,278 .[15]

Cost per vote

Gowdy spent $3.08 per vote received in 2012.


Gowdy won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Gowdy's campaign committee raised a total of $942,672 and spent $867,205.[16]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[17]

Gowdy most often votes with:

Gowdy least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gowdy is a "moderate Republican follower," as of June 24, 2013.[18]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Gowdy missed 15 of 1,698 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to .9%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[19]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Growdy paid his congressional staff a total of $831,388 in 2011. Overall, South Carolina ranks 31st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Gowdy's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$249,999 and $249,999. That averages to $0, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 100% from 2010.[21]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Growdy's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-231,995 to $344,999, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[22]

National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Gowdy was 1 of 2 members who ranked 50th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[23]


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Gowdy was 1 of 4 members of congress who ranked 80th in the conservative rankings.[24]

Percentage voting with party


Trey Gowdy voted with the Republican Party 96.8% of the time, which ranked 80th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[25]


Trey Gowdy is married to Terri. They have two children.

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External links


  1. Official Biographical Guide to Congress "Trey Gowdy," May 18, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Biographical Directory of the U.S. House "Gowdy," Accessed June 24, 2013
  3., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  5. Roll Call "Appointment Speculation Centers on Rep. Tim Scott," December 6, 2012
  6. "First on CNN: Haley finalizes short list for DeMint seat," December 11, 2012
  7. Political, "Haley to announce DeMint's replacement at noon," December 17, 2012
  8. WYFF News-2012 Primary Results
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Trey Gowdy," Accessed March 28, 2013
  12. Federal Election Commission "Gowdy 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  13. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  14. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Gowdy Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 28, 2013
  16. Open Secrets "Trey Gowdy 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  17. OpenCongress, "Trey Gowdy," Accessed August 6, 2013
  18. Gov Track "Trey Gowdy," Accessed June 24, 2013
  19. GovTrack, "Gowdy," Accessed April 10, 2013
  20. LegiStorm, "Trey Growdy," Accessed September 18, 2012
  21., "Gowdy (R-SC), 2011"
  22., "Trey Growdy (R-SC), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  23. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Inglis
U.S. House of Representatives - South Carolina District 4
Succeeded by