Many of us might have heard about the famous American television news personality, former politician, and former federal prosecutor, namely Trey Gowdy. He served as the U.S. representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district from 2011 to 2019.
Tery is married to a school teacher in South Carolina, Spartanburg named Terri Gowdy. Mr. Gowdy has directly or indirectly handled some of the nation’s most high-profile cases including the 2012 Benghazi Attack, pressing for the prosecution of Hilary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign, and a handful of death penalty cases.
However, not many people know about his wife. If you are interested to know more about her then you are in the right place. We will let you know how the wife of such a figure dealt with aforesaid situations from behind, her own life leading up to the first meeting with Trey, how Terri become Mrs. Gowdy, and many more in this article.
Who is Terri Gowdy?
Terri Gowdy was born on 11th September 1964 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. She was born to Frank Dillard and Pat Dillard. Her late father was an Army veteran and was also a long-serving member of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg. He also served as a Councilman for Spartanburg County.
According to her birthdate, she is currently 57 years old and her zodiac sign is Virgo. She follows Christianity as her religion and her ethnicity is white.
Similarly, her in-laws (Terry’s parents) are Harold Watson “Hal” Gowdy Jr., MD, and NOvalene (born Novalene Evans). She is widely known as the wife of Trey Gowdy. Together they have welcomed two children; one daughter and one son who are fully grown up with one of them having a partner of their own.
Education and Career
The republican’s wife is well educated as she is currently working as an elementary school teacher at Anderson Mill Elementary School in Spartanburg County School District no 6, South Carolina. She primarily teaches first-grade students.
However, the details about her education qualification haven’t been known yet. On the other hand, her husband graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1982. He also received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Baylor University in 1986. Later, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1989.
Terri used to be a beauty pageant constant. She was once the second runner-up in the Miss Carolina beauty pageant and is also the former winner of Miss Spartanburg.
Her appearance and body measurements
Talking about her appearance, she was quite beautiful when she was young and she even won the Miss Spartanburg in the past. She has a pair of dark brown eyes and blonde hair. Terri has a slim and fit body.
She is 5ft 5 inches (165 cm) tall and weighs about 55 kg (121 lbs). Her body measurements are 34-28-40 inches. She wears the shoe-sized 7 US and her bra cup size is 34 C.
Current relationship status
As mentioned earlier, Terri is currently in a marriage relationship with her husband Trey Gowdy. They had met each other at a church youth camp in their hometown of Spartanburg.
However, they decided to get married only six years after having their first son named Watson on 2nd August 1989. Mr. Gowdy has described his wife as the most Christ-like person he has ever known. Ironically, Terri says that it’s her husband who mostly surprises her with his knowledge of the Bible. She revealed that he could quote the scriptures without referring to any verse.
Currently, they are living quite a happy and peaceful life in Spartanburg. They have a very good relationship. Once Terri revealed to the Herald-Journal that his wife had convinced him to decline an invitation from the White House to accept a nomination to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Terri had said that he would end up feeling alone, isolated, and bored in the job. At that time, there were rumors that Gowdy had been laying his eyes on a federal judgeship. Apparently, he was most interested in investigations that are “nonpartisan and apolitical,” such as the Oversight Committee’s probe of sexual abuse on the U.S. Gymnastics team.
Does she have any children?
Terri and Trey Gowdy has together for well over a decade now and together they have welcomed two children. Firstly, they had a son named Watson Gowdy and Abigail Anderson Gowdy.
Abigail wouldn’t have her first name Abigail and might have been Judge, George, or Anderson if not for her mother’s objection. Trey was working on his first trial and the judge was the honorable George Ross Anderson Jr. when the 57 years old Terri was about to give birth to Abigail.
Abigail studied at the University of South Carolina. Unlike Abigail Watson is a Real Estate Agent/ Salesperson at Brad Liles and Associates and also works at Keller Williams in Spartanburg. In the past, he has stirred up some controversy after using a derogatory word referring to African American ethnicity in what would become a viral video.
Abigail and Watson were raised together in their hometown Spartanburg. Surprisingly, their father doesn’t want them to go to law school even though he is the former U.S. representative for South Carolina’s 4th congressional district.
Receiving the death threats
As mentioned earlier, Trey has directly or indirectly the nation’s most high-profile cases. Additionally, he has prosecuted the full set of criminal cases such as seven death penalty cases. So surely, he was bound to have a handful of enemies and a few criticizers.
Trey had just begun his political career as a young federal prosecutor in the year 2000. He was a solicitor of the 7th Circuit and his children were just 3 and 7 years old. His wife had never run for office before. The circuit spanned from Sparannburg to Cherokee counties.
Soon after his whole family started receiving death threats. It all started one day when the ex-federal prosecutor’s wife was pushing their son on a swing in the backyard. At that time two police officers walked around their house to keep a protective eye on the Gowdy family after the patriarch started receiving threats.
To keep them safe, the police often stayed in their home in addition to federal marshals camping out for a couple of weeks. Allegedly, there was a man who kept showing up at the local courthouse insisting he needed to talk to Mr. Gowdy. But after the officials denied him, he would say he knew Terri and Trey’s children went to school.
Two promises she should never forget
Terri’s politician attorney husband has asked his wife in his book “Doesn’t Hurt to Ask” in 2020 to do two things in the event he dies before she does. He has said to wait until after his funeral to start dating and make sure their children remember their father loved being a prosecutor more than any other job.
The former politician has written in the book that it’s the job he wants to be remembered for because to him it was the profession with the most meaning, the highest sense of purpose, and the most challenging objective.
He has further described the job in the book as something where he goes to persuade within the rules of fairness, due process, and to move the jury from not guilty to guilty using credibility, reasoning, facts, passion, logic, and an entire mosaic of words.