Republican South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy made the announcement on Wednesday that he will not be running for re-election. He has instead decided to make a return to the justice system. While Representative Gowdy is leaving politics and giving up his chairmanship of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, some people have begun to wonder if Gowdy might be able to obtain a more important title. The title? Supreme Court Justice.
In his statement, Gowdy explained “I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office. (I)nstead I will be returning to the justice system. Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system.”
The very same day that Gowdy made the announcement that he would be leaving Congress and politics in general, a seat on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals became vacant. Judge Dennis W. Shedd serves in the Richmond, Virginia-based federal court. Shedd took senior status on Wednesday, which means that he is leaving active service, but he will still intervene in some cases.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reported that Shedd’s seat is a part of South Carolina, which may potentially allow President Donald Trump to personally nominate Trey Gowdy to the court.
Gowdy spent timing serving as a state solicitor and a federal prosecutor prior to being elected to Congress. On top of that, people have been buzzing that Gowdy may possibly be a potential nominee to the federal bench. National Review Online’s Dan McLaughlin reported that if Trey Gowdy is to become a federal judge, he might just have a chance at being nominated to the Supreme Court eventually.
McLaughlin stated, “Don’t be surprised if Gowdy is Trump’s pick to replace Shedd for a life-tenured position (and maybe an outside shot someday at the Supreme Court).”
My hopes are Trey Gowdy is lining up for Head of FBI or possible Supreme Court seat ! 🙏🏻
— Kim NOT A BOT (@kkinmi) January 31, 2018
Nate Leupp, Greenville County GOP chair, stated that the possibility of Trey Gowdy becoming a federal judge is looking very good.
Luepp explained to the Greenville News, “We’ve been hearing for a long time that Congressman Gowdy wanted to leave D.C. We wonder if that’s what he’s been eyeing. I think that the president would definitely be looking towards Congressman Gowdy for something like that.”
A source told the DCNF that Representative Gowdy doesn’t want to become a federal judge. The source stated, “He is not planning on becoming a judge. He was approached months ago and turned it down.” The source added that Gowdy plans to go back to being a lawyer.