Hon. Trey Gowdy
Former Member of Congress
Congress. Harold W. Gowdy III (Trey) is a former member of congress representing South Carolina from 2011 – 2019. While in congress Trey served on the following committees: Judiciary, Education and the Work Force, Ethics, Oversight and Government Reform (Chairman), the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Select Committee on the Events in Libya (Chairman). He participated actively in some of the most challenging congressional investigations.
Elected District Attorney. Before being elected to congress Trey was the 7th Judicial Circuit Solicitor (District Attorney) in South Carolina managing an office of 60 employees, including 25 lawyers, and thousands of warrants each year. He was also very active in courtroom trying dozens of cases including 7 capital trials. He was named by his peers as Chairman of the South Carolina Prosecution Coordination Commission and was recognized by law enforcement and victims’ rights groups as well as nationally for excellence in capital litigation. Several of his trials have been featured on Forensic Files, Court TV, and Discovery. He left the Solicitor’s Office after winning the nomination for congress in 2010 defeating the incumbent congressman 71% to 29% in the primary.
Federal Prosecutor. Before being elected Circuit Solicitor, Trey was an Assistant United States Attorneys from 1994 to 2000 where he tried nearly 50 cases to jury verdict including a federal murder case. He received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive – two years in a row. He left the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000 to run for Circuit Solicitor defeating the 3-term incumbent in the primary.
Education & Admission. Mr. Gowdy clerked for a U.S. District Court Judge in South Carolina and for a judge on the South Carolina Court of Appeals after law school. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina (1989) and a B.A. from Baylor University in Texas (1982). He is admitted to practice law in South Carolina, the District of Columbia, and before federal courts.
As a leading member of the U.S. House of Representatives, highly decorated state and federal prosecutor, and national TV personality, Trey built a reputation as an uncompromising and dauntless investigator, first-class trial attorney, and effective cross-examiner—while also earning respect for his collegiality and professionalism from colleagues and opponents alike.