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In this June 28, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., center, discusses the release of his final report on the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy has resigned from his post on the House Ethics Committee in an attempt to mitigate what he described as a challenging workload.

In a Jan. 10 letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the South Carolina Republican said his five years on the committee was an experience he would treasure but that he could not balance it with his other committee assignments. 

Gowdy was recently named chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, retired. The investigative post is considered one of Congress's most powerful, serving as a "watchdog" over the White House.

"Four committee assignments, including a Chairmanship, is a challenging workload," Gowdy wrote in his letter.

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Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor and state solicitor from Spartanburg, said he wanted to finish the 2017 calendar year and conclude pending committee matters before stepping down.

"Thank you again for this opportunity and thank you to my colleagues on the Committee for their hard work and friendship," Gowdy wrote.

Reach Caitlin Byrd at 843-937-5590 and follow her on Twitter @MaryCaitlinByrd.

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Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.

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