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Congressman Trey Gowdy

Representing the 4th District of South Carolina

Rep. Gowdy Leads Letter of Support for Director Pompeo

April 12, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) sent a letter signed by 51 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker and Ranking Member Bob Menendez in support of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Michael Pompeo for United States Secretary of State.

Excerpts from the letter:

"We stand at a critical point in our nation’s history. Now more than ever, the State Department requires a leader who understands not only the diplomatic challenges we face, but also the national security risks. Director Pompeo’s expertise in national security and intelligence will be instrumental in defending U.S. sovereignty, strengthening America’s alliances, and defeating our enemies."

"We urge the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Senate to move expeditiously to confirm his nomination as Secretary of State."

Full text of the letter:

April 11, 2018

The Honorable Bob Corker
Chairman
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
423 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Bob Menendez
Ranking Member
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
423 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

 

Dear Chairman Corker and Ranking Member Menendez:

We write to express our support of Michael Pompeo as United States Secretary of State.

Director Pompeo’s dedication to serving our nation is unquestionable. After graduating first in his class from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Michael Pompeo spent five years serving in the United States Army, including in the Gulf War. A graduate of Harvard Law, he later went on to serve in the United States House of Representatives, and most recently as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The quality of his service is matched only by his commitment to the safety and betterment of our country. While representing the fourth congressional district of Kansas, Director Pompeo was a strong supporter of and advocate for our nation’s surveillance programs. He understands the aggressive threat Russia poses to our democracy, is committed to denuclearizing North Korea, and is dedicated to partnering with our allies in the fight against terrorism.

We stand at a critical point in our nation’s history. Now more than ever, the State Department requires a leader who understands not only the diplomatic challenges we face, but also the national security risks. Director Pompeo’s expertise in national security and intelligence will be instrumental in defending U.S. sovereignty, strengthening America’s alliances, and defeating our enemies.

For the aforementioned reasons, we believe Michael Pompeo is uniquely qualified to serve as our nation’s top diplomat. We urge the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Senate to move expeditiously to confirm his nomination as Secretary of State.

Sincerely,

 

Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
Dr. Ralph Abraham, M.D. (R-LA)
Jim Banks (R-IN)
Diane Black (R-TN)
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Dave Brat (R-VA)
Susan Brooks (R-IN)
Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX)
Ken Calvert (R-CA)
Liz Cheney (R-WY)
Tom Cole (R-OK)
Michael Conaway (R-TX)
Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
Ron Estes (R-KS)
Bob Gibbs (R-OH)
Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. (R-AZ)
Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
Andy Harris M.D. (R-MD)
Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)
George Holding (R-NC)
Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Bill Johnson (R-OH)
Mike Kelly (R-PA)
Peter King (R-NY)
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)
Darin LaHood (R-IL)
Doug LaMalfa (R-CA
Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS)
David McKinley, P.E. (R-WV)
Mark Meadows (R-NC)
Luke Messer (R-IN)
Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Steve Pearce (R-NM)
Scott Perry (R-PA)
Robert Pittenger (R-NC)
David P. Roe, M.D. (R-TN)
Todd Rokita (R-IN) 
Tom Rooney (R-FL)
Peter Roskam (R-IL)
F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI)
Pete Sessions (R-TX)
Michael Turner (R-OH)
Ann Wagner (R-MO)
Mark Walker (R-NC)
Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
David G. Valadao (R-CA)
Ted S. Yoho, D.V.M. (R-FL)
Lee Zeldin (R-NY)