Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) has been appointed to succeed Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) as chairman of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, The Hill reported Thursday.
Gowdy, a former prosecutor, is known for leading a House select panel that investigated terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
“I am grateful to the Steering Committee and the Conference as a whole for this opportunity to serve,” Gowdy said in a statement released Thursday.
“I look forward to working alongside the other Committee members, as well as any member of Congress, as we discharge the jurisdiction assigned to us.”
He chairs the House Judiciary Committee’s Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations subcommittee and serves on the lower chamber’s Oversight and Government Reform, Intelligence and Ethics committees.
Last month, Chaffetz announced his plans to resign from Congress by June 30 after a nearly eight years of service.