Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) may be leaving Congress, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with public life. The conservative pit bull may have another calling — this time on the federal bench.

On Jan. 31, Gowdy announced on Twittter his retirement from Congress. “There is a time to come and a time to go,” wrote the departing House Oversight Committee chairman. “This is the right time, for me, to leave politics and return to the justice system.”

Although it’s not exactly clear what he means by “return to the justice system,” rumors are circulating that Gowdy has his eye on a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Gowdy has denied such ambitions in the past, but this time might be different given the timing. A vacancy opened only the day before Gowdy announced his retirement.

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