Serving the position for around six years, he prosecuted varied federal crimes and attained the highest performance ratings that can be achieved by a federal prosecutor, two years in succession. A member of the Republican Party and the Tea Party movement, he served as Solicitor for South Carolina’s 7th Judicial Circuit prior to his election to the Congress.
Gowdy as US House Representative since 2011 serves on the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Ethics, Education and the Workforce and Judiciary. He is also the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. He also serves as Chairman of a House Select Committee to investigate events surrounding Benghazi terrorist attack in 2012.