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Congressman Trey Gowdy

Representing the 4th District of South Carolina


My grandfather never graduated from middle school, but he believed in the power of education and insisted on it for my mother. While most children spent their free hours on a playground, starting at age 12, my father spent his free time working so he could afford to attend college—and eventually medical school.

This is the American dream, and it is being played out in cities and towns across the country every day. We must protect this dream by investing in our children’s future and preparing them to compete in the global market. However, the federal role, while important, should be limited. Decisions on how to educate our children are best left to state and local officials—and most importantly—parents.

Another critical issue facing our nation’s education system is the rising cost of higher education. As Congress debates the best way to reduce the cost of higher education, we will continue to help students by increasing transparency to guarantee parents and students have the best possible information when making decisions about higher education.

The House of Representatives passed bills to expand and modernize the popular 529 savings accounts to make it easier for families to use tax credits to make college more affordable.

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April 25, 2017 Press Release

Greenville, SC – Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) announced the winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for the Fourth District of South Carolina:

April 11, 2017 Press Release

Spartanburg, SC — Rep. Trey Gowdy invites high school students in South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. The winner’s artwork, selected by a panel of experts, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

October 31, 2016 In The News

She changed the world

Iris Ezell went to be with the Lord recently. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and friend to countless people.

She was also an elementary school teacher in Spartanburg, where I first met her more than 40 years ago in a portable classroom at Jesse Boyd Elementary School. She was a great teacher, and I was a terrible student, underwhelming in both performance and behavior.

April 26, 2016 Press Release

Greenville, SC – Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) announced the winners of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition for the Fourth District of South Carolina:

March 5, 2015 Newsletter
Last week, we introduced legislation, the Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act, to strengthen the interior enforcement of our immigration laws.
July 23, 2014 Press Release

Today two amendments proposed by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) were included in House-passed education affordability legislation, H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act of 2013.

October 30, 2013 Press Release

Today, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced bipartisan college affordability legislation that will reduce college costs for students and their families. The Flexibility to Innovate for College Affordability Act is a two-pronged strategy that encourages the development of flexible pathways for students to more quickly, and therefore more economically, earn a college degree while eliminating unnecessary federal regulations that contribute to tuition hikes.

January 25, 2012 Press Release

Today, Representative Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement in response to last night’s State of the Union Address by President Obama.
November 3, 2011 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform unanimously passed his bill.  H.R. 3237, SOAR Technical Corrections Act amends the original SOAR Act to clarify the scope of coverage.  Representative Gowdy sponsored this legislation and chairs the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee with jurisdiction over the District of Columbia.


August 14, 2011 In The News

South Carolina’s 4th District: Crossroads of Higher Education and Job Creation

By Reps Trey Gowdy (SC-04) and Virginia Foxx (NC-05)


Despite traces of progress in the Department of Labor’s latest jobs report, unemployment remains a major concern in the Carolinas. The regional unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent – well above the national average of 9.1 percent.