South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy shocked everyone on Wednesday when he announced that he will not be running for reelection.

Breitbart reported that Gowdy, a proud Republican, said that he will be leaving politics to return to the justice system. Gowdy announced this on Twitter, saying he was “grateful for the opportunity to serve.”

“I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office,” Gowdy wrote. “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. There is no perfect time to make this announcement, but with filing opening in six weeks, it is important to give the women and men in South Carolina who might be interested in serving ample time to reflect on the decision.”

Two weeks ago, Gowdy stepped down from the House Ethics Committee, saying his four committee assignments were a “challenging workload.”

“There is a time to start and a time to end. There is a time to come and a time to go,” Gowdy said Wednesday. “This is a right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system.”

First elected to Congress in 2010, Gowdy has chaired of the House Oversight Committee since June and headed the House Benghazi Committee from 2014 to 2016. He has played a huge role in investigating and exposing both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama for various acts of corruption.

Gowdy will be dearly missed by Republicans not only for the tenacity he showed as a congressman, but also because his absence will open the door for Democrats to add to their ranks in Congress during this fall’s mid-term elections

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