Experience: House: District 4, 2011-Present
Home State: South Carolina
Running: President, United States, 2016
Total Raised: $622,443Coverage End: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Winning: Won with 0.00%
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    Full Name: Harold 'Trey' Watson Gowdy III
    Gender: Male
    Family: Wife: Terri; 2 Children: Watson, Abigail
    Birth Date: 08/22/1964
    Birth Place: Greenville, SC


    JD, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1989
    BA, History, Baylor University, 1986

Political Experience

    Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2010-present

Current Legislative Committees

    Ethics, Member
    Judiciary, Member
    Oversight and Government Reform, Member
    Select Committee on Benghazi, Chair
    Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, Member
    Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and The Census, Member
    Subcommittee on Government Operations, Member
    Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules, Member
    Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, Chair

Professional Experience

    Former Clerk, Honorable G. Ross Anderson, Jr., United States District Court
    Former Clerk, Honorable John P. Gardner, South Carolina Court of Appeals
    Former Attorney, Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough
    Solicitor, 7th Circuit, 2001-2010
    Federal Prosecutor, United States Department of Justice, 1994-2000
Total: 1
General Survey
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Strongly Oppose
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

No Opinion
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Strongly Oppose
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Strongly Oppose
6. Vouchers for school choice

Strongly Support
7. Make voter registration easier

Strongly Support
8. Prioritize green energy

Strongly Oppose
9. Avoid foreign entanglements
10. Expand the military

Strongly Support
11. Support & expand free trade

No Opinion
12. Support American Exceptionalism
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

Strongly Support
14. Expand ObamaCare

Strongly Oppose
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Strongly Oppose
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

17. Keep God in the public sphere

Strongly Support
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

No Opinion
20. Privatize Social Security

Strongly Support
Total: 13
Introduced Date Bill Number Bill Title Last Action
12/22/2016 H.R.6440 Justice for Child Victims Act of 2016 12/22/2016 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.  (All Actions)
03/18/2015 H.R.1148 Michael Davis, Jr. in Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act 03/18/2015 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 17 - 13.  (All Actions)
12/16/2014 H.R.2278 SAFE Act 12/16/2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 509.  (All Actions)
12/12/2014 H.R.5401 Protecting the Homeland Act 12/12/2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 505.  (All Actions)
03/13/2014 H.R.4138 ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 03/13/2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  (All Actions)
10/30/2013 H.R.3412 Flexibility to Innovate for College Affordability Act 10/30/2013 Referred to House Rules  (All Actions)
02/13/2013 H.R.652 To amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to limit assistance to countries that engage in certain discriminatory religious, educational, or freedom of movement practices. 02/13/2013 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  (All Actions)
01/14/2013 H.R.2076 Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012 01/14/2013 Became Public Law No: 112-265. (TXT | PDF)  (All Actions)
01/10/2013 H.R.6620 Former Presidents Protection Act of 2012 01/10/2013 Became Public Law No: 112-257. (TXT | PDF)  (All Actions)
02/01/2012 H.R.3237 SOAR Technical Corrections Act 02/01/2012 Became Public Law No: 112-92. (TXT | PDF)  (All Actions)
11/18/2011 H.R.2926 National Labor Relations Reorganization Act of 2011 11/18/2011 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.  (All Actions)
07/14/2011 H.R.2534 Ensuring America's Promises Act of 2011 07/14/2011 Referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means.  (All Actions)
05/13/2011 H.R.1894 Military Commissions Guilty Plea Adjustment Act 05/13/2011 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.  (All Actions)
Total: 506
Date Bill Number Bill Title Result Vote
06/08/2017 H.R.2851 To amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify how controlled substance analogues are to be regulated, and for other purposes.
06/08/2017 H.R.2521 South Carolina Peanut Parity Act of 2017
05/04/2017 H.R.2192 To amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff. Passed Yea
05/03/2017 H.R.2327 PAWS Act of 2017
04/27/2017 H.R.1695 Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 Passed Yea
04/13/2017 H.J.Res.43 Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients. Passed Aye
04/05/2017 H.Res.249 Honoring the life and legacy of the first woman to serve in the United States Congress, Jeannette Pickering Rankin, on the 100th anniversary of her swearing-in to Congress.
04/03/2017 H.Res.92 Condemning North Korea's development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles, and for other purposes. Passed Yea
03/30/2017 H.R.732 Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017
03/29/2017 H.R.390 Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017
03/28/2017 H.R.24 Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2017
03/15/2017 H.R.1551 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for production from advanced nuclear power facilities.
02/17/2017 H.R.691 CHOICE Act
02/14/2017 H.R.512 WINGMAN Act
02/08/2017 H.R.522 Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017
02/06/2017 H.R.391 Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017
02/06/2017 H.R.367 Hearing Protection Act of 2017
02/03/2017 H.J.Res.51 Approving the discontinuation of the process for consideration and automatic implementation of the annual proposal of the Independent Medicare Advisory Board under section 1899A of the Social Security Act.
02/03/2017 H.J.Res.39 Disapproving a rule submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services relating to "Compliance with Title X Requirements by Project Recipients in Selecting Subrecipients".
01/31/2017 H.J.Res.29 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States requiring that the Federal budget be balanced.
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