WOW: Is Trey Gowdy Leaving Congress?

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks with the media on the East Front of the Capitol after a vote in the House, July 31, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressman Trey Gowdy will leave D.C. after his current term according to one of his fellow legislators. He says Gowdy wants to return to South Carolina to be with his family.

If true, this could be the key reason Gowdy has seemingly decided to forego running for a leadership position despite high profile draft efforts from Representatives like Jason Chaffetz and Mia Love.

Gowdy has never been in love with D.C., and one has to wonder if he would run for Governor or perhaps even return to private legal practice.

According to the Washington Examiner:

“Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said Wednesday morning that Tea Party favorite Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., won’t run for a fourth term, and instead plans to retire at the end of the current Congress to return to his home state.

“Trey wants to go back to South Carolina, and God bless him for that,”Fleming said on C-SPAN. When asked if that’s what Gowdy has told other Republicans, Fleming confirmed it.

“At the end of his term, yes,” he said. “He plans to go back home, and he wants to finish his work on the Benghazi special committee. But he loves South Carolina and he loves his family, and he wants to go back and spend the rest of his life there.”

“He’ll be sorely missed,” he added.”