Trey Gowdy

He may have stepped away from the national stage, but fiery former congressman Trey Gowdy is still a voice to be reckoned with on matters he believes are important to his fellow Americans. 

Now retired from Congress after four terms and happily practicing law back home in South Carolina, Gowdy will be in Bakersfield on Thursday, November 7 to headline Right to Life of Kern County’s seventh annual Champions for Life dinner and silent auction. 

“We are over-the-top thrilled to have Trey Gowdy as our keynote speaker,” RTLKC Director Marylee Shrider said. “Mr. Gowdy has a huge fan base in Bakersfield who admired his courage and tenacity in congressional investigations, particularly during the Benghazi hearings.” 

Gowdy served on several committees while in Congress, including the Judiciary, Intelligence and Oversight and Government Reform Committees, but is likely most remembered for his blistering prosecutorial style as chair of the Select Committee on the tragic events occurring in Libya in September of 2012. 

Those days are now done for Gowdy, who has spoken openly about his disillusionment with politics, saying he has no plans to return to the political arena. After leaving Congress,Gowdy joined the Greenville office of the law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, where he heads the white-collar defense and government team and will work in Greenville and Washington D.C.

When he’s not busy practicing law, teaching classes with his close friend Senator Tim Scott, or sharing insights on national issues as a Fox News contributor, Gowdy is in demand as a public speaker.When that window opened, RTLKC jumped at the chance to have Gowdy keynote Champions for Life.

“Mr. Gowdy is a spirited and eloquent defender of life,” Shrider said. “We’ve been blessed to have wonderful speakers keynote our dinners, but with Mr. Gowdy we’re bumping things up a whole new level.”

Tickets for this year’s Champions for Life event are $125 and may be ordered online at (click on “donation”), by calling 661-864-7508 or by sending a check made out to RTL Ed to Right to Life of Kern County, P.O. Box 11104, Bakersfield, 93308 .

Funds raised at the Champions for Life dinner support RTLKC’s ongoing advocacy efforts, including pro-life training and community outreach and lobbying against pro-choice legislation Sacramento. Champions for Life is RTLKC’s flagship fundraiser, the success of which relies on local sponsors and donors. 

For more information on the event or how to become a sponsor, call 661-864-7508 or email 

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