Rep Trey Gowdy is Comedian Thomas Lennon
This one is unfortunate but expected. If you can look at this character and believe that he is a real person and not some make up covered Hollywood studio script driven phony. Well i was close, and even though it took me a while to finally identify who is playing the role of Rep Gowdy, I knew from day one he was not who he claims to be.
So he is just a part of the Dog and Pony show we call congress. All his Hillary bashing is just a scripted out SNL act like all the other senators are.
Lennon was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Kathleen and Timothy Lennon. He is a 1988 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School. At age 16, Lennon met friend and future co-worker Kerri Kenney at Theater Camp at Northwestern University. The two later attended NYU, where they joined a comedy troupe called The New Group.
Acting and performing
The New Group changed their name to The State. While performing their material at theaters and clubs in New York City, they started work on the MTV show You Wrote It, You Watch It. This led to the self-titled series The State (1993–95), which was nominated for a Cable Ace Award for Best Comedy Series.
Following the cancellation of The State after one special on CBS, Lennon, along with Kenney, Robert Ben Garant and Michael Ian Black went on to create and star in the Comedy Central program Viva Variety (1997–99). The show was based on a sketch that Lennon had written for the final season of The State, called "The Mr. and Former Mrs. Laupin Variety Programme". Viva Variety received a Cable Ace Award nomination for Best Comedy Series. After Viva Variety, Lennon, Kenney and Garant created and starred in Reno 911! (2003–09). Initially slated for Fox, the program later debuted on Comedy Central.
Lennon has appeared in dozens of TV shows, including The League, Childrens Hospital, Party Down, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Comedy Bang Bang, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23, and appeared as Joey Tribbiani's blackjack dealing, "identical hand twin" on the Friends fifth-season finale ("The One In Vegas," Pts. I and II).
Lennon has appeared in dozens of films, including Bad Teacher, Memento, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and I Love You, Man, for which he and costar Paul Rudd were nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss. He has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and at 31, has the second-most number of appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Lennon's voice acting work includes Kim Possible, Bob's Burgers, Archer and Planet Sheen, in which he played the character of Pinter. He plays Scribble in Tinkerbell and the Secret of the Wings and Tinkerbell and the Legend of the Neverbeast. He supplied the voice of Eddie the Shipboard Computer in the film version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and plays the voice of Fearless Leader in the 2014 Dream Works short film version of Rocky and Bullwinkle and he is the voice of Munk on Dawn of the Croods and the voice of Chief O'Hara in the upcoming Warner Brothers animated film: Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
In 2008, Lennon started doing stand-up comedy, occasionally playing guitar and incorporating music. He has appeared on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show, The Jeselnik Offensive, and The Benson Interruption. He was the guest on the first episode of The Nerdist Podcast, which was also recorded in his garage.
Lennon and Garant created and starred in a 2010 sitcom pilot for NBC called The Strip. In May that year it was announced that NBC had decided not to produce it as a series.
Lennon is a screenwriter and script doctor. Most of Lennon's screenplays are written in collaboration with partner Robert Ben Garant. Their films have earned over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office.
Among Garant and Lennon's credits are the Night at the Museum films.
In August 2010, John Landgraf, president of FX Network, announced that his network had ordered a pilot episode for a new Garant/Lennon science fiction television comedy called USS Alabama, set 1000 years in the future, aboard a United Nations peacekeeping spaceship, the U.S.S. Alabama.
Garant and Lennon released a book about writing for film called Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can Too! in 2011.
In 2012, Garant and Lennon wrote a film version of Baywatch. They wrote The Machine, which is set to star Vin Diesel. Garant and Lennon wrote, directed and starred in the 2013 film Hell Baby starring Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb. The film was produced by Darko Entertainment, and shot on location in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hell Baby premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.