U.S. Rep. Gowdy, House Oversight panel chairman, won't run for re-election

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Posted: Jan 31, 2018 12:40 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Oversight committee, will not run for re-election this November, he announced on Wednesday, becoming the latest high-profile Republican to retire from Congress.

Gowdy, a former prosecutor, said he will be returning to the justice system.

"I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office," he said in a statement. "Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system."

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell)