Trey Gowdy is a renowned American lawyer and politician. The Republican party member represented South Carolina’s 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for eight years (January 2011- January 2019) before calling quits on his political career. During this period, he chaired several important committees which conducted some high profile investigations. One of such was the house committee on Benghazi which investigated the 2012 attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya. The attack cost the life of the American ambassador to Libya at that time, Christopher Stevens. The subsequent investigation, which Gowdy spearheaded, unearthed some revelations including Hilary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Find out more about Trey Gowdy here, including facts about his wife and son.
Trey Gowdy Bio
The congressman was born Harold Watson Gowdy III on the 22nd of August 1964 in Greenville, South Carolina. His mother’s name is Novalene while his father’s name is Harold Watson Gowdy Jr. He has three sisters; Laura, Caroline, and Elizabeth.
Trey Gowdy grew up in the town of Spartanburg and attended Spartanburg High School. He graduated in 1982 and headed to Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he studied History. He finished from Baylor in 1986 and then enrolled at the University of South Carolina Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1989.
Upon leaving school, Gowdy went to work as a clerk for a judge in the South Carolina Court of Appeals and then for another in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. These clerkships helped him to acquire useful experience that prompted him to go into private practice. Gowdy was in private practice for three years with a prominent law firm known as Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough.
In 1994, Trey Gowdy made his first foray into public service when he was appointed as a federal prosecutor. He spent six years in the office and prosecuted several highly wanted criminals. In 2001, Gowdy was elected to the office of district attorney for South Carolina’s 7th judicial circuit. He continued his impressive prosecution record there, holding the office till 2010. A year before that, he had declared for House of Reps and had to overcome stiff opposition, especially at the primaries, to emerge victorious in 2010. He was in office for four terms of two years each before deciding not to seek re-election in 2018. He revealed that he was done with politics and will be returning to private law practice.
Meet His Family: Wife, Son and a Daughter
The congressman is happily married to Terri Gowdy (nee Dillard). Mrs. Gowdy is a former beauty pageant contestant who now works as a primary school teacher. The pair reportedly met each other during a church youth event in the town of Spartanburg. They tied the knot in 1989 and have two children; a son named Watson born in 1983 and a daughter named Abigail born in 1998.
Watson Gowdy an alumnus of Clemson University. He later went on to work as a criminal prosecutor during which his family was often threatened and had to be provided with round-the-clock security.
Trey Gowdy’s net worth was reported to be $500,000 though it is well documented that he earns an annual salary of $174,000 as a member of Congress.
It is not really surprising that the congressman is not that wealthy. This is because he has spent a long time in public service and public service is not really profitable. There are other members of Congress who are very wealthy but they first made their money in the private sector before going into politics. Note that Gowdy further has several liabilities such as a mortgage as well as his student loans that worth about $150,000.
Trey Gowdy’s exact height is not public knowledge, and neither is his weight. However, a mere look at the congressman’s frame will reveal that he is not lacking in the height department as he boasts of a tall slim build.
What is his Religion?
Trey Gowdy is a devout Christian. He was brought up as a Baptist and remains so till date. He first gave his life to God as a child but recommitted himself once more when he was 21. At that time, he had finished his first stint in college and didn’t know what to do with his life. According to him, it was by divine inspiration that he decided to study law.
Gowdy remains a staunch Christian till this day and regularly attends fellowships and Bible studies. The congressman believes that faith should not be separate from public life; rather faith should influence public life. Despite this, he does not believe in forcing his religious beliefs on others. He believes that people should have the freedom to practice whatever religion they like, including no religion at all.