|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 introduced the Electricity Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826; 113th Congress) into the House on January 9, 2014. The bill would repeal a pending rule published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on January 8, 2014. The proposed rule would establish uniform national limits on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new electricity-generating facilities that use coal or natural gas. The rule also sets new standards of performance for those power plants, including the requirement to install carbon capture and sequestration technology. Whitfield said that, if finalized, the EPA's rule would "make it impossible to build a new coal-powered plant in American... That is hard to believe that that will can be the situation in our great country, particularly since 40 percent of our electricity comes from coal." Whitfield argued that the legislation was needed because the EPA refused to respond to criticism or complaints about their proposed rule.
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 major legislative accomplishments are creating the 170,000 acre of National Recreation Area at the Land between the Lakes, introducing and passing legislation to create a Health Compensation Program at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion plant. He paid over $315,000,000 in compensation to the 3,139 employees and survivors. He also helped create the first Medicare Prescription Drug benefit plan for seniors and is an active advocate for the humane treatment of animals. 
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
- "H.R. 3826 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- "CBO - H.R. 3826". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
- Kasperowicz, Pete (6 March 2014). "House votes to block EPA regs on coal-fired electricity plants". The Hill. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
- NA. "Congressman Ed Whitfield". Retrieved 3/8/2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ed Whitfield.|
- Congressman Ed Whitfield official U.S. House site
- Ed Whitfield for Congress
- Ed Whitfield on the Open Directory Project
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|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
|Congressional delegations 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|