Gowdy steps down from Ethics Committee, citing 'challenging workload'

Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyTrey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor Congress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms Lynch testimony marks final interview of GOP-led probe MORE (R-S.C.) has resigned from his post on the House Ethics Committee, citing a challenging workload that also includes his chairmanship on the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

In a letter to Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump Unscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden MORE (R-Wis.) dated Jan. 10, Gowdy said that he would "treasure" his experience on the Ethics panel, but acknowledged that it was difficult balancing that assignment with his work on other committees.

"When I became Chairperson of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform I knew I would not be able to keep all other committee assignments to include Judiciary, Intelligence and Ethics," Gowdy wrote.

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"Four committee assignments, including a Chairmanship, is a challenging workload," the letter said.

Gowdy said that he wanted to finish out 2017 before tendering his resignation from the Ethics Committee.

Gowdy took over as chairman of the Oversight Committee in June after the panel's previous chair, former Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTop Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report Former GOP lawmaker on death of 7-year-old migrant girl: Message should be ‘don't make this journey, it will kill you' MORE (R-Utah), retired from the House. 

 “Mr. Gowdy was serving on four committees when he ran for Chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He requested to be relieved of his duties from the Ethics Committee should he win chairmanship given the significant increased workload," AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan said in a statement.

"We are grateful for his five years of service on the Ethics Committee and for agreeing to serve the remainder of the calendar year," she added.

— Updated at 11:37 p.m.