Republican Rep. John Fleming said on C-SPAN Wednesday morning that Trey Gowdy plans on retiring to South Carolina at the end of his term.
“Trey wants to go back to South Carolina … at the end of his term, yes,” Fleming said. “He wants to go back home, and he wants to finish his work on the Benghazi Committee, but he loves South Carolina, he loves his family and spend the rest of his life there.”
Gowdy’s work as chair of the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi has gathered a strong conservative following, and though many wanted him to vie for speaker, Gowdy’s office told TheDC Friday he is “not interested in any leadership positions.” (RELATED: Gowdy ‘Not Interested’ In Becoming The Next Speaker)
Additionally, when asked by TheDC about the rumors Wednesday, Gowdy’s communications director Amanda Duvall said that, “he has not made any announcement on 2016,” yet did not deny Fleming’s claim.