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How Trey Gowdy Achieved a Net Worth of $1 Million

Trey Gowdy is a prominent American TV personality, author, lawyer, and producer. He is renowned for his role as a former congressman and prosecutor in the US District of South Carolina. Throughout his extensive public and private practice career, Gowdy has gained immense fame and earned a fortune. Many people ask, what is Trey Gowdy’s net worth? Gowdy has a modest net worth in between $500,000 and $1 million. Read on to learn more about this former politician’s personal and professional life as well as how he makes his money.

Trey Gowdy Early Life

Gowdy was born on 22nd August 1964 to dad Harold and mum Novalene. He grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, working early in the community market and as a delivery person for local delivery. Gowdy has three siblings; Laura, Caroline, and Elizabeth.

The influential personality attended Spartanburg High School, graduating in 1982. Later, he joined Baylor University, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, and later the University of South Carolina School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor.

Trey Gowdy Legal Career

Gowdy had an extensive legal career in the 1990s and 2000s. He started as a judicial clerk for renowned state and federal attorneys John P Gardner and G Ross Anderson in South Carolina. Later, Gowdy joined private practice at Nelson, Mullins, & Scarborough, the largest law firm in South Carolina.

In 1994, Gowdy received a prestigious appointment as an assistant United States Attorney under the US Department of Justice. After six years, Gowdy left the Attorney’s office to run for the 7th circuit solicitor, defeating the then solicitor, Holman Gossett. He maintained the position for three terms, leading a team of 65 employees.

Gowdy appeared in legal documentaries such as Forensic Files and persecuted numerous high-end cases, including bank robbery, narcotics trafficking, and child pornography. He received the Postal Inspector’s Award after prosecuting J. Mark Allen, among the fugitives featured in American’s Most Wanted TV show.

As a federal prosecutor, Gowdy earned a high rating two years in a row. He was recognized nationally as a committed activist, protecting the victim's rights and handling death penalty prosecutions excellently. One of his biggest legacies was enacting a Drug Mother Protocol to help pregnant women overcome addiction.

Trey Gowdy Political Career

Gowdy’s political career began in 2010 when he vied for the United States House of Representatives and was elected to represent South Carolina’s 4th congressional district. He won the congressional seat against Bob Inglis, the incumbent Republican congressman and Democratic nominee Paul Corden.

In 2012, Gowdy ran for re-election and emerged victorious against Democrat Deb Morrow. Similarly, in 2014 and 2016, he was elected for his third and fourth terms defeating Libertarian Curtis McLaughlin and Democrat Chris Fedalei, respectively.

As a congressman, Gowdy served on numerous committee assignments, including the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the House Intelligence Committee, and the House Judiciary Committee. Among his landmark roles was in the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which investigated the 2012 Benghazi attack, as well as discovered Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Gowdy was regarded as a versatile and skilled legal expert throughout his political career, thanks to his background as a federal prosecutor. Also, he was an avid advocate for conservative policies and established meaningful relations with colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Unfortunately, in 2018, Gowdy announced he would not run for re-election, ending his successful and impactful political career. Nevertheless, he left a flawless record in the legal and political arena.

Is Trey Gowdy Married?

The former congressman has married Terri Gowdy, a first-grade teacher and a former beauty pageant contestant, since 1989. The lovebirds have two wonderful kids, Abigail and Watson.

How Does Trey Gowdy Make His Money?

Gowdy has numerous sources of income, from politics to law, book sales, and TV hosting. As discussed above, the well-reputed personality has a successful public service career, contributing significantly to his net worth.

According to USA Today, congressional representatives have a net worth of more than $500,000, approximately five times the median American household net worth. While they earn a decent annual salary of $174,000, triple the US average wage, these congressional representatives have lucrative careers in the private sector.

Gowdy is a producer and writer famous for Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy. He blends wisdom, humor, and history to discuss the country's latest legal and political issues. As of April 2023, the TV program ranked the 18th most popular show on Fox News and 139th on TV, gathering more than 1.1 million views.

When it comes to creativity, Gowdy leads the pack. He is an established author, and his best sellers include Start, Stay, or Leave: The Art of Decision Making and Doesn’t Hurt to Ask. In addition, Gowdy coauthored Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Hope for a Divided Country with fellow Republican Tim Scott.

In 2019, shortly after quitting politics, Gowdy joined Fox News as a contributor, providing legal and political analysis. Here, he earns around $80,000, according to Celebrities Buzz. Other sources of income that have contributed to Trey Gowdy net worth are podcast series and social media influence.

How Does Gowdy Spend His Wealth?

Many fans want to know how their favorite public figures spend their fortune. While most icons spend their income on flashy cars and lavish lifestyles, Gowdy does not, surprisingly. Instead, he lives a modest life, saying he had lived in his home for more than two decades –before he vied for a solicitor position. Gowdy jokingly affirms that he intends to live there until his wife tells him to leave.

What is Trey Gowdy Currently Doing?

While the legal icon is no longer in public service, he still serves the public in other capacities. Gowdy continues to practice and teach law and advocate for important legal issues. In addition, he has not given up the pen and continues writing books and articles.

Trey Gowdy Fox Firing and Awful Haircuts

Like most well-known personalities, Gowdy is not without controversy. In 2019, Gowdy joined former President Trump’s legal team following an impeachment motion. His excellent legal and advocacy skills and command of the law earned Gowdy the position. However, while this was an excellent opportunity for the retired lawmaker, it led to his firing as a Fox News contributor, citing a conflict of interest.

In 2017, Gowdy received backlash due to a history of bad hairstyles. For instance, fashion cops critiqued Gowdy’s weird, pushed-forward style with side-swept bangs when questioning FBI Director James Comey during an inquiry into Trump’s Russian campaign. A tweet read, “Trey should investigate why his barber is in open revolt against him.”

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Allen Lee

Written by Allen Lee

Allen Lee is a Toronto-based freelance writer who studied business in school but has since turned to other pursuits. He spends more time than is perhaps wise with his eyes fixed on a screen either reading history books, keeping up with international news, or playing the latest releases on the Steam platform, which serve as the subject matter for much of his writing output. Currently, Lee is practicing the smidgen of Chinese that he picked up while visiting the Chinese mainland in hopes of someday being able to read certain historical texts in their original language.

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