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Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is a name that brings instant intimidation, and there are plenty of members of Congress who will be breathing a sigh of relief that he is resigning from the House Ethics Committee.

He's not leaving Washington, D.C., anytime soon, though. He's leaving the Ethics Committee because of a new position he's taking as the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

He announced his resignation from the Ethics Committee on January 11 in a letter addressed to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).

He writes:

Accordingly, I tender my resignation from the House Ethics Committee pending your designation of a replacement. Thank you again for this opportunity and thank you to my colleagues on the Committee for their hard work and friendship.

Gowdy was elected to the Oversight Committee in June 2017 and knew it meant resigning from one of his posts:

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. Four committee assignments, including a Chairmanship, is a challenging workload.

Gowdy was elected to office in 2010. He has made a name for himself for his tough line of questioning and for how he went after Hillary Clinton while investigating the Benghazi incident.

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