The congressman who led a two-year investigation into the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attack that left four Americans dead will join Waco’s congressman at a fundraiser Thursday in Waco.

U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, is a Baylor University graduate and chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He also chaired a select committee on Benghazi that met controversy at nearly every stage of its investigation. Gowdy was elected in 2011.

“It’s a big name, and he’s kind of going out of his way to come here,” said Wes Lloyd, president of the McLennan County Republican Club.

Money raised will go to the local Republican Party, Lloyd said.

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, has represented the Waco area since 2011. A spokesman from his office said the pair of lawmakers will likely discuss tax reform, immigration and border security, national security and defense, health care and regulatory reform.

Monday is the final day to RSVP for the event, which costs $25 with lunch. It will start at 11:30 a.m. in Knox Hall at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame.

Phillip Ericksen joined the Tribune-Herald in March 2015 as a sports copy editor. That November, he joined the news team. He has covered higher education, city hall, politics and crime.

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