WASHINGTON—The House Republican Steering Committee has recommended that Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) be named chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, to succeed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement:
“Trey Gowdy possesses the experience and deep commitment to transparency and accountability necessary to be the House’s next Oversight chairman. He has proven that he will always look out for taxpayers and seek answers from the bureaucracy. Trey has my absolute confidence, and I know he will do an outstanding job.
“I want to thank Steve Russell for putting his name forward for chairman. Steve will undoubtedly continue to play a critical role on the committee pushing for reform and fighting wasteful spending.”
NOTE: This recommendation will be presented to the full House Republican Conference for official ratification.