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.