Influential House Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has resigned from his position on the House Committee on Ethics.
“I tender my resignation from the House Ethics Committee pending your designation of a replacement,” he wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan last week. “Thank you again for this opportunity and thank you to my colleagues on the Committee for their hard work and friendship.”
Gowdy was recently appointed as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and resigned to be better able to manage his workload.
Trey Gowdy steps down from House Ethics Committee
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“When I became Chairperson of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform I knew I would not be able to keep all other committee assignments to include Judiciary, Intelligence and Ethics,” Gowdy added. “Four committee assignments, including a Chairmanship, is a challenging workload.”
“It is unprecedented for any member of Congress to simultaneously serve on four committees,” Amanda Gonzalez, spokeswoman for Gowdy told The Daily Caller. “When Rep. Gowdy was named Chairman of the Oversight Committee, he asked House leadership to be taken off one of his Committees, and was finally granted that request last week.”