South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy was appointed as the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Tuesday afternoon.

Gowdy, R-S.C., was picked by the House Republican Steering Committee as the next chairman of the committee last week and the House ratified that decision Tuesday by accepting a Republican resolution making the change.

"I look forward to working alongside the other committee members, as well as any member of Congress, as we discharge the jurisdiction assigned to us," Gowdy said in a statement last week.

Gowdy chaired the controversial Benghazi Committee, which investigated the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the death of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The former prosecutor is known as a dogged questioner and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, officially resigned as chair of the committee Tuesday. Chaffetz is leaving Congress at the end of the month.

"Trey Gowdy is the right person for the job. He has a long history of demanding accountability, upholding transparency, and relentlessly pursuing the truth," Chaffetz said in a statement last week. "Under his capable leadership, the Committee will continue to work towards ensuring effectiveness and efficiency throughout the federal government. As his friend and colleague, I have every confidence in his abilities moving forward."