At a Glance
- Career History: L egal counsel to the Interstate Commerce Commission (1991-1993), CSX Corp executive and lobbyist (1979-1988), U.S. Army reservist (1967-1971)
- Birthday: May 25, 1943
- Residence: Hopkinsville, Ky.
- Alma Mater: University of Kentucky
- Spouse: Constance Whitfield
- Religion: Methodist
- Committees: Energy and Commerce (incoming chairman of the Energy and Power subcommittee)
- DC Office: Ed Whitfield 2411 Rayburn HOB, 20515: (202) 225-3115
Path To Power
Born in Hopskinville, Ky., Whitfield attended the University of Kentucky, first for business school and later as a law school student. In between, he briefly attended the Wesley Theological Seminary to become a Methodist minister.
From 1967 to 1971, Whitfield served as a U.S. Army reservist from 1967 to 1971; he reached the rank of first lieutenant.
Whitfield is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of moderate Republicans. He has amassed a conservative voting record on matters ranging from the economy to social issues, though he has occasionally crossed party lines.
Environment and Energy
Starting in January 2011, Whitfield is set to chair the Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power subcommittee. He believes climate change is an urgent problem, though he insists environmental considerations have to be balanced with concerns over the economic impact of policies designed to address climate change.
Despite his generally conservative voting record, Whitfield is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of moderate Republicans.
In 2010, he was a vocal supporter of fellow Main Street member Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) in the bitter fight that opposed him to Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) over the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Upton rewarded him with the chairmanship of the Energy and Power subcommittee.