South Carolina U.S. Rep.Trey Gowdy seen with advantage to get key committee head post

By Emma Dumain    THE POST AND COURIER

 

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy has the inside track to become the next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, succeeding Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who is retiring next month, according to a news report Thursday.

Gowdy, who gained national attention for leading the investigation into the Behghazi consulate attack, has reportedly begun lobbying other Republicans for the job that is opening following Chaffetz’s announced early retirement.

Sources in Washington told the news source Politico that Gowdy has been talking to members of the House Steering Committee seeking support.

Five members of the panel, which decides committee assignments, told Politico that Gowdy would easily win a race for the position.

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