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Wayne 'Ed' Edward Whitfield (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 5/25/1943 (Hopkinsville, KY)
Race: White
Religion: Methodist
Residence: Hopkinsville, KY
Education: BS in Business from University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; JD in Law from University of Kentucky College of law, Lexington, KY
Occupation: Lawyer
Office Type: U.S. House -- Kentucky District 1 

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Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield was born in Hopkinsville, Ky., which remains his official residence. He graduated from Madisonville High School in 1961, the University of Kentucky in 1965 and its law school in 1969.

Whitfield practiced law in Hopkinsville and Madisonville from 1970 to 1979. He also operated an oil distributorship in Madisonville from 1975 to 1977.

His first venture into elective politics was in 1974, when he won a seat in the Kentucky House as a Democrat. He did not seek re-election in 1976.

In 1979, Whitfield joined Seaboard System Railroad, later CSX Corp. He served as counsel to the president, vice president for state relations and vice president for federal railroad affairs.

For 10 years, he divided his time among offices in Kentucky, Washington and Jacksonville, Fla.

Whitfield was appointed counsel to the chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission by President George H.W. Bush in 1992.

He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1994.

His wife, Connie, is a longtime Republican activist who held positions in the Reagan administration and the first Bush administration. He has a daughter by a previous marriage.

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Ed Whitfield was elected to the U.S. House in 1994 with 51 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Tom Barlow, who was a one-term incumbent.

He was re-elected in 1996 with 54 percent of the vote against Democrat Dennis Null of Mayfield.

In 1998, Whitfield faced Barlow a second time and defeated him with 55 percent of the vote.

Whitfield was the only incumbent Kentucky congressman with a primary in 2000. He got 84 percent of the vote against David L. Williams of Columbia, who did minimal campaigning. Whitfield won the general election with 58 percent of the vote against Democrat Brian Roy of Benton.

He was re-elected in 2002.

Whitfield won a single, two-year term in the Kentucky House in 1974.

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