Capitol Report: Trey Gowdy is joining these other House Republican committee chairmen in retiring

Rep. Trey Gowdy is the latest House committee chairman to announce he’s leaving Congress.

Rep. Trey Gowdy on Wednesday became the latest chairman of a House committee to announce he’s not seeking re-election, as the list of Republicans heading for the exits ahead of this year’s midterms gets longer.

Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, heads the House Oversight Committee. Eight other chairmen have said they are retiring, including Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas.

More than 30 House Republicans have said they won’t run again, giving Democrats reason for optimism about November’s elections.

Besides Gowdy and Hensarling, chairmen leaving are: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia; House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey; House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper of Mississippi; House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California; House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania; and House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas. Rep. Diane Black of Tennessee has already stepped down as budget chairwoman and is leaving Congress to run for governor.

Democrats need to flip 24 seats to take back the House and are hoping to tie their GOP opponents to President Donald Trump’s low approval rating.

Also read: Trump gets high marks for his first State of the Union in poll.

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