|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st district
January 3, 1995
|Preceded by||Tom Barlow|
May 25, 1943 |
|Political party||Democratic (1974-1994)
|Alma mater||University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky College of Law
|Occupation||attorney, railroad executive|
|Service/branch||United States Army Reserve|
|Years of service||1967-1973|
Early life, education and career
Whitfield was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky; his family later moved to Madisonville, Kentucky, where he graduated from Madisonville High School. He attended the University of Kentucky for both undergraduate and law school, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. He also attended the Wesley Theological Seminary. He served in the United States Army Reserve and reached the rank of First Lieutenant. He served as legal counsel to executives at Seaboard System Railroad of Washington. He served as a vice president for the later CSX Corporation in two different capacities and was the legal counsel to the chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission from 1991 to 1993.
Kentucky House of Representatives
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
Whitfield is a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership. On his official website, he represents himself as a conservative who has consistently voted pro-life and "supports allowing students to engage in voluntary school prayer." He also lists military issues and encouraging the use of coal and nuclear power as substitutes for oil as two of his main priorities. The Sunlight Foundation pointed out that among the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Whitfield has the seventh-highest amount of investment in oil stocks.
In 2011, Whitfield voted for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 as part of a controversial provision that allows the government and the military to indefinitely detain American citizens and others without trial.
Whitfield had been a Democrat for most of his life, but in 1994 filed to run in the 1st District as a Republican. He defeated the 1992 Republican nominee, Steve Hamrick, in the primary, and then narrowly defeated freshman Democratic Congressman Tom Barlow by only 2,500 votes. He narrowly defeated Dennis Null in 1996 even as Bill Clinton carried the district, but hasn't faced a close race since. Although Democrats have a nearly 2-to-1 edge in registration, they tend to be very conservative on social issues, a trend that has helped Whitfield strengthen his hold on the district.
Whitfield's wife, Constance Whitfield, is a former Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
- "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier". Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- "Delta Tau Delta | About Us: Subpage". Delts.org. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- "The Sunlight Foundation Blog - Oil Industry Influence: Personal Finances'". Sunlight Foundation. August 8, 2008. Retrieved on Aug. 8, 2008
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ed Whitfield.|
- Congressman Ed Whitfield official U.S. House site
- Whitfield for Congress
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography at Ballotpedia
- Biography at NNDB
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile at GovTrack
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress
- Congressional profile at Roll Call
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information (federal office) at OpenSecrets.org
- Financial investments (personal) at The Washington Post
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Voting record at The Washington Post
- Works by or about Ed Whitfield in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 1st congressional district
|United States order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority
|Representatives to the 104th–113th United States Congresses from Kentucky (ordered by seniority)|
|104th||Senate: W. Ford | M. McConnell||House: H. Rogers | J. Bunning | S. Baesler | R. Lewis | M. Ward | E. Whitfield|
|105th||Senate: W. Ford | M. McConnell||House: H. Rogers | J. Bunning | S. Baesler | R. Lewis | E. Whitfield | A. Northup|
|106th||Senate: M. McConnell | J. Bunning||House: H. Rogers | R. Lewis | E. Whitfield | A. Northup | E. Fletcher | K. Lucas|
|107th||Senate: M. McConnell | J. Bunning||House: H. Rogers | R. Lewis | E. Whitfield | A. Northup | E. Fletcher | K. Lucas|
|108th||Senate: M. McConnell | J. Bunning||House: H. Rogers | R. Lewis | E. Whitfield | A. Northup | E. Fletcher | K. Lucas|
|109th||Senate: M. McConnell | J. Bunning||House: H. Rogers | R. Lewis | E. Whitfield | A. Northup | B. Chandler | G. Davis|
|110th||Senate: M. McConnell | J. Bunning||House: H. Rogers | R. Lewis | E. Whitfield | B. Chandler | G. Davis | J. Yarmuth|
|111th||Senate: M. McConnell | J. Bunning||House: H. Rogers | E. Whitfield | B. Chandler | G. Davis | J. Yarmuth | B. Guthrie|
|112th||Senate: M. McConnell | R. Paul||House: H. Rogers | E. Whitfield | B. Chandler | G. Davis | J. Yarmuth | B. Guthrie|
|113th||Senate: M. McConnell | R. Paul||House: H. Rogers | E. Whitfield | J. Yarmuth | B. Guthrie | T. Massie | A. Barr|