Trey Gowdy – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Currently Elected United States House Of Representatives District 4, South Carolina

South Carolina Republican Party
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2212 Edgefield RdSpartanburg SC, 29302
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Biographical
Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

Trey was born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1964. His parents, Dr. Hal and Novalene Gowdy, were originally from Lake City, South Carolina in the Pee Dee region before moving to the Upstate where Dr. Gowdy was a pediatrician in Spartanburg for more than 25 years.

Trey Gowdy is married to Terri Dillard Gowdy, and they have two children: Watson and Abigail. Terri is a teacher's aide in Spartanburg School District 7. Watson is a junior at Spartanburg High School, and Abigail is a 7th grader at McCracken Junior High School. Abigail is involved in theatre, music, swimming and everything involving animals. Watson is an avid golfer and has played for Spartanburg High School on either the Varsity or Jr. Varsity teams since the 7th grade. The Gowdys have two dogs: "Judge" and "Jury".

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Following law school, he clerked for the late John P. Gardner on the South Carolina Court of Appeals and United States District Court Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. in Anderson, SC. He then joined the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough in the Greenville Office before becoming a federal prosecutor in April of 1994.

For 6 years as a federal prosecutor in Greenville, Trey prosecuted the full range of federal crimes including narcotics trafficking rings, bank robberies, child pornography cases, and the murder of a federal witness.

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

In February of 2000, he left the United States Attorney's Office to run for 7th Circuit Solicitor. He defeated the incumbent Solicitor in the Republican primary and was elected in November 2000 without opposition. He has been re-elected twice -- in 2004 and 2008 -- without opposition. Since becoming Solicitor, he has led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 total employees. He started a Violence Against Women Task Force, a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and started a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

He was awarded the Postal Inspector's Award for the successful prosecution of J. Mark Allen, one of 'America's Most Wanted' suspects. He also received the highest performance rating a federal prosecutor can receive -- two years in a row.

He started a Violence Against Women Task Force, a Worthless Check Program, enhanced and expanded Drug Court, and started a Drug Mother Protocol designed to assist expectant mothers break the cycle of addiction.

He has been recognized statewide for his commitment to victim's rights, drunken driving enforcement, and nationally for excellence in death penalty prosecutions. He has appeared on "Forensic Files" twice, Court TV, Dateline and ETV.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Trey graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982, Baylor University in 1986 with a degree in History, and the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989 where he was a member of the scholastic honor society "Order of the Wig and Robe".

Jobs
Jobs, a General Statement

I will aggressively market our district and actively recruit industries and companies to our area to create jobs. We have a wonderful product to sell with the quality of our workers and the quality of life in the Upstate. I will take every opportunity to promote our region, recruit new industry and retain the industry we have. The best way a congressman can do that is to oppose excessive government regulations, oppose reckless spending and oppose the constant burdens and directives placed on business by an ever creeping government. In short the message should be clear that small business drives the economic engine of our country and we will support measures that foster the spirit of entrepreneurship.

I will aggressively market our district

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Economy
Economy, a General Statement

We must have an economic environment that nurtures and encourages entrepreneurship. Small business is the engine that drives our economy. Government places too many demands, dictates too many directives, and imposes too many regulations on small business. The tax code should be changed. Capital gains taxes should be reduced to provide an incentive to save and invest. Payroll taxes should be reduced to stem the tide of government using business to collect and implement its costly programs.

I will aggressively market our district and actively recruit industries and companies to our area to create jobs. We have a wonderful product to sell with the quality of our workers and the quality of life in the Upstate. I will take every opportunity to promote

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Taxes
Taxes, a General Statement

The tax code should be changed. Capital gains taxes should be reduced to provide an incentive to save and invest. Payroll taxes should be reduced to stem the tide of government using business to collect and implement its costly programs.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Tax Code

The tax code should be changed. Capital gains taxes should be reduced to provide an incentive to save and invest. Payroll taxes should be reduced to stem the tide of government using business to collect and implement its costly programs.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Corporate Income Taxes

Payroll taxes should be reduced to stem the tide of government using business to collect and implement its costly programs.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Property Taxes

Capital gains taxes should be reduced to provide an incentive to save and invest.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Education
Education, a General Statement

My grandfather had a 6th grade education but he valued education for his children and insisted on it for my mother. My father started working when he was 12 so he could afford to go to college. Education allowed our family to go from a 6th grade education to a medical doctor and a prosecutor. This is the American dream, and it is worth celebrating and fighting for. I believe education is a state and local matter and while the federal government is free to share resources, share success stories of innovation from other states, and free to encourage research and creative experimentation, the decision on how to educate our children is a state and local one.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Local Control Over Education

I believe education is a state and local matter and while the federal government is free to share resources, share success stories of innovation from other states, and free to encourage research and creative experimentation, the decision on how to educate our children is a state and local one.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Military & Defense
Military, a General Statement

National defense is the preeminent function of Government. We must be prepared to defend ourselves, our allies, and our interests. And we must remember that among the grand resources and treasures of our country, the most precious resource we have is the blood of our sons and daughters in uniform.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Defense, a General Statement

National defense is the preeminent function of Government. We must be prepared to defend ourselves, our allies, and our interests. And we must remember that among the grand resources and treasures of our country, the most precious resource we have is the blood of our sons and daughters in uniform.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Military Policy

National defense is the preeminent function of Government. We must be prepared to defend ourselves, our allies, and our interests. And we must remember that among the grand resources and treasures of our country, the most precious resource we have is the blood of our sons and daughters in uniform.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Military Adequacy

National defense is the preeminent function of Government. We must be prepared to defend ourselves, our allies, and our interests. And we must remember that among the grand resources and treasures of our country, the most precious resource we have is the blood of our sons and daughters in uniform.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Guns
Guns, a General Statement

The 2nd Amendment was written and ratified by the same people who wrote and ratified the other constitutional amendments liberals find sacrosanct. As a former federal prosecutor who worked on firearms cases, I can assure you there are sufficient federal laws existing in place to provide for community safety and security. The rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms should always be protected.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Right to Own Guns - Second Amendment

The 2nd Amendment was written and ratified by the same people who wrote and ratified the other constitutional amendments liberals find sacrosanct. The rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms should always be protected.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Gun Control Legislation

As a former federal prosecutor who worked on firearms cases, I can assure you there are sufficient federal laws existing in place to provide for community safety and security.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Federal Budget & Fiscal Policy
Fiscal Policy, a General Statement

Government spending is reckless, out of control and threatens to undermine the fundamentals that undergird our democracy. From bailouts to takeovers to the threatened nationalization of our healthcare system, Government creates the problem then contends we need more money to fix the problem. Congress must be forced to observe the same fiscal restraint we show in our own lives. Congress has mortgaged the future of this country and spending must be brought under control. Now!

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Deficit Spending

Government spending is reckless, out of control and threatens to undermine the fundamentals that undergird our democracy. From bailouts to takeovers to the threatened nationalization of our healthcare system, Government creates the problem then contends we need more money to fix the problem. Congress must be forced to observe the same fiscal restraint we show in our own lives. Congress has mortgaged the future of this country and spending must be brought under control. Now!

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Spending Limits

Government spending is reckless, out of control and threatens to undermine the fundamentals that undergird our democracy. From bailouts to takeovers to the threatened nationalization of our healthcare system, Government creates the problem then contends we need more money to fix the problem. Congress must be forced to observe the same fiscal restraint we show in our own lives. Congress has mortgaged the future of this country and spending must be brought under control. Now!

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Medical Insurance
Health Insurance, a General Statement

First the good news: Our doctors are the best in the world. Our survival rates for major illnesses and diseases are better than countries that have nationalized healthcare. And we value the ability to see the doctor of our choice when we want to see that doctor. But healthcare costs are growing and the threat of a national takeover is looming. Excessive government regulation and dictates have added to the cost of private insurance. A lack of transparency within our healthcare system makes it easier to make an informed decision about a hotel room or the purchase of an automobile, than it does to make informed decisions about our health. Health insurance should be reasonable and affordable and our tax and regulatory structures must be changed to insure this.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Free Market Health Care

Excessive government regulation and dictates have added to the cost of private insurance. A lack of transparency within our healthcare system makes it easier to make an informed decision about a hotel room or the purchase of an automobile, than it does to make informed decisions about our health. Health insurance should be reasonable and affordable and our tax and regulatory structures must be changed to insure this.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Market-Based Medical Insurance

Excessive government regulation and dictates have added to the cost of private insurance. A lack of transparency within our healthcare system makes it easier to make an informed decision about a hotel room or the purchase of an automobile, than it does to make informed decisions about our health. Health insurance should be reasonable and affordable and our tax and regulatory structures must be changed to insure this.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Abortion, Stem Cell & Cloning
Legality of Abortion - Roe v. Wade

I believe the strategy should be broader than waiting for the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

I am pro-life plus. I believe in the sanctity of life.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Abortion, a General Statement

I am pro-life plus. I believe in the sanctity of life. I also believe the strategy should be broader than waiting for the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade. We must support crisis pregnancy centers, incentivize adoption, and educate women on preventing pregnancies. We can put our pro-life beliefs into real, tangible action and demonstrate a consistent, unwavering support for the sanctity of life.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Crime
Crime, a General Statement

Law and Order, Respect for the Rule of Law, and Public Safety are essential to an ordered society and among the preeminent functions of government. I have had the privilege of working in the criminal justice system for 15 years as a prosecutor in state and federal court. We must support and honor the men and women of law enforcement and insist on a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and efficient.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Police & FBI Agents

We must support and honor the men and women of law enforcement and insist on a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and efficient.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Courts, Laws & Justice
America's Criminal Justice System, a General Statement

Law and Order, Respect for the Rule of Law, and Public Safety are essential to an ordered society and among the preeminent functions of government. I have had the privilege of working in the criminal justice system for 15 years as a prosecutor in state and federal court. We must support and honor the men and women of law enforcement and insist on a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and efficient.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Government
Regulations

I will take every opportunity to promote our region, recruit new industry and retain the industry we have. The best way a congressman can do that is to oppose excessive government regulations, oppose reckless spending and oppose the constant burdens and directives placed on business by an ever creeping government.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Health & Medical
Health & Medical Care, a General Statement

First the good news: Our doctors are the best in the world. Our survival rates for major illnesses and diseases are better than countries that have nationalized healthcare. And we value the ability to see the doctor of our choice when we want to see that doctor. But healthcare costs are growing and the threat of a national takeover is looming. Excessive government regulation and dictates have added to the cost of private insurance. A lack of transparency within our healthcare system makes it easier to make an informed decision about a hotel room or the purchase of an automobile, than it does to make informed decisions about our health. Health insurance should be reasonable and affordable and our tax and regulatory structures must be changed to insure this.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (06/13/2010)

Improving Health & Medical Care

Healthcare costs are growing and the threat of a national takeover is looming. Excessive government regulation and dictates have added to the cost of private insurance. A lack of transparency within our healthcare system makes it easier to make an informed decision about a hotel room or the purchase of an automobile, than it does to make informed decisions about our health. Health insurance should be reasonable and affordable and our tax and regulatory structures must be changed to insure this.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Reducing Health Care Costs

Healthcare costs are growing and the threat of a national takeover is looming. Excessive government regulation and dictates have added to the cost of private insurance. A lack of transparency within our healthcare system makes it easier to make an informed decision about a hotel room or the purchase of an automobile, than it does to make informed decisions about our health. Health insurance should be reasonable and affordable and our tax and regulatory structures must be changed to insure this.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Business
Business, a General Statement

We must have an economic environment that nurtures and encourages entrepreneurship. Small business is the engine that drives our economy. Government places too many demands, dictates too many directives, and imposes too many regulations on small business.

I will aggressively market our district and actively recruit industries and companies to our area to create jobs. We have a wonderful product to sell with the quality of our workers and the quality of life in the Upstate. I will take every opportunity to promote our region, recruit new industry and retain the industry we have. The best way a congressman can do that is to oppose excessive government regulations, oppose reckless spending and oppose the constant burdens and directives placed on business by an ever creeping government. In short the message should be clear that small business drives the economic engine of our country and we will support measures that foster the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

Small Business

We must have an economic environment that nurtures and encourages entrepreneurship. Small business is the engine that drives our economy. Government places too many demands, dictates too many directives, and imposes too many regulations on small business.

I will aggressively market our district and actively recruit industries and companies to our area to create jobs. We have a wonderful product to sell with the quality of our workers and the quality of life in the Upstate. I will take every opportunity to promote our region, recruit new industry and retain the industry we have. The best way a congressman can do that is to oppose excessive government regulations, oppose reckless spending and oppose the constant burdens and directives placed on business by an ever creeping government. In short the message should be clear that small business drives the economic engine of our country and we will support measures that foster the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Source: www.treygowdy.com/issues (12/18/2010)

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