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Congressman Trey Gowdy

Representing the 4th District of South Carolina

Education

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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May 18, 2018 Newsletter

Law enforcement officers dedicate their lives to the precept that undergirds our country respect for and adherence to the rule of law. They courageously propel themselves toward danger while others have the luxury of running from it, and they fight for the safety of others while putting their own lives at risk. Officers deal daily with people and incidents most of us prefer to avoid, all the while missing out on some of life's most precious experiences.

May 15, 2018 Press Release

Spartanburg, S.C. - Congressman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after announcing his office is accepting applications from students in the Fourth District of South Carolina who are interested in nomination for appointment to the U.S. Military Service Academies.

April 24, 2018 Press Release

Greenville, SC – Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) announced the winners of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for the Fourth District of South Carolina:

  • 1st Place: “The Catch All Chair” by Sophie Brown from the Fine Arts Center

  • 2nd Place: “Consider” by Catherine Hackl from the Fine Arts Center

  • 3rd Place: “Break Through” by Abigaile Piper from Greer High School

April 12, 2018 Press Release

Spartanburg, SC — Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) invites high school students in South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District to participate in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The winner’s artwork, selected by a panel of experts, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.
 

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.