Ed Whitfield


Ed Whitfield

Infobox_Congressman
name =Ed Whitfield


nominee = U.S. Representative from Kentucky, 1st District
election_date = November 4, 2008
opponent = Heather A. Ryan (D)
incumbent = Ed Whitfield
date of birth=birth date and age|1943|05|25
place of birth =Hopkinsville, Kentucky
state2 = Kentucky
district2 = 1st
term_start2 =January 3, 1995
preceded2 = Tom Barlow
succeeded2 = Incumbent
party =Republican
religion = Methodist
spouse = Constance Whitfield
residence= Hopkinsville, Kentucky
occupation= attorney, railroad executive
alma_mater= University of Kentucky
branch=United States Army
serviceyears=1967-1973
rank=First Lieutenant
unit=Reserves

Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield (born May 25 1943) has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1995,representing ushr|Kentucky|1|, which covers much of the western part of the state, including Fort Campbell.

He was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and was educated at the University of Kentucky (where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity). He also attended the Wesley Theological Seminary. He served in the United States Army Reserve and reached the rank of First Lieutenant. He also was a lawyer, and served as counsel to executives at Seaboard Systems Railroad of Washington. He served as a vice president for the CSX Corporation in two different capacities and was the legal counsel to the chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission from 1991 to 1993.

Whitfield gained his first political experience as a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1974 to 1979. Whitfield's wife is a former Assistant Secretary of the Interior.

Positions

On his official website, Whitfield 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.

As chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Whitfield held hearings on child pornography, flag burning, and other controversial issues.

Committee Assignments

*Committee on Energy and Commerce
**Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection (CTCP) Subcommittee (Ranking Member)
**Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality
**Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

External links

* [http://whitfield.house.gov/ U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield] official House site
* [http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Ed_Whitfield Profile] at SourceWatch Congresspedia


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