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{{Oppose vote}} Whitfield voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Oppose vote}} Whitfield voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
  
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{{Support vote}} Whitfield voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} Whitfield voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
  

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Ed Whitfield
Ed Whitfield.jpg
U.S. House, Kentucky, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1995-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTom Barlow (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.33 in 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,518,819
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Kentucky House of Representatives
1973-1975
Education
High schoolMadisonville High School, Madisonville, KY
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky
J.D.University of Kentucky School of Law
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1967-1973
Personal
BirthdayMay 25, 1943
Place of birthHopkinsville, Kentucky
ProfessionAttorney, Business Owner
Net worth$3,571,523
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ed Whitfield campaign logo
Wayne Edward "Ed" Whitfield (b. May 25, 1943, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kentucky's 1st congressional district. Whitfield was first elected to the House in 1994.

He won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Charles Kendall Hatchett (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[1]

He is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

He previously was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1973 to 1975.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Whitfield is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Whitfield was born on May 25, 1943, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and attended high school in Madisonville, Kentucky. He earned both his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1965 and 1969, respectively. Whitfield had also attended Wesley Theological Seminary and American University.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Whitfield's professional and political career[2]:

Outside of politics, he has also worked as an attorney and business executive.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Whitfield serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Whitfield served on the following House committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Whitfield's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Neutral/Abstain Whitfield did not vote on HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Whitfield voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Whitfield voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[7]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Whitfield voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[9] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[10] Whitfield voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[12] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Whitfield voted for HR 2775.[13]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Neutral/Abstain Whitfield did not vote on House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Whitfield voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[7]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Whitfield voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[7]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Whitfield voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[7]

Previous congressional sessions

  • Whitfield voted to audit the Federal Reserve.[14]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ed Whitfield endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [15]

Campaign themes

2012

Whitfield's website highlights the following campaign themes:[16]

  • Defense

Excerpt: 'I have always been a vocal proponent of maintaining a strong national defense.'

  • Education

Excerpt: 'I believe that local school officials, not federal employees at the Department of Education, should make decisions about the educational needs of our Kentucky schools'

  • Fiscal Reform and the Economy

Excerpt: 'By instituting commonsense government reforms and reducing government spending, I am committed to doing everything he can to promote job growth in our Kentucky communities and get our economy back on track.'

  • Energy

Excerpt: 'I believe that America must develop an "All of the Above" energy strategy that responsibly develops and uses the sources of energy available in America.'

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: 'In the current session of Congress, I have voted to repeal the law (Affordable Care Act) and also voted to prevent funding for its implementation. Make no mistake: I know there needs to be reform to ensure quality care at the lowest price possible'

  • Homeland Security

Excerpt: 'To combat these threats, I continue to remain focused on making sure our communities are given the resources they need to meet whatever challenges they may face."

  • 2nd Amendment

Excerpt: 'I strongly support Americans’ Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms and have consistently opposed efforts to restrict rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment."

  • Tax Relief

Excerpt: 'I am committed to reducing the heavy burden of taxation on our nation's families and businesses.'

  • Transportation

Excerpt: 'I remain committed to making sure that the locks, dams, and other associated infrastructure components that maintain Kentucky’s waterways, roads, and railways are adequately funded and properly maintained.'

  • Veteran Affairs

Excerpt: 'I will continue to fight to provide veterans with the medical and educational benefits they have earned.'

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Whitfield voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[17]

Paul Ryan Budget Proposal

Voted "Yes" In March 2013, the Republican controlled House passed the budget proposal set out by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan (R) for the third straight year.[18] Whitfield was one of four Republican Representatives who voted in favor of Ryan's budget proposal after previously being in opposition.[18]

The proposal was killed after being voted down in the U.S. Senate with a 40-59 vote.[19]

The proposal would have cut about $5 trillion over the next decade and aimed to balance the budget by the end of the 10-year period.[18] The 2013 bill had opposition from 10 Republicans — the same number that voted against it in 2012. In 2011, only four Republicans cast a vote in opposition.[18] Democrats have unanimously voted against the bill every year.

Elections

2014

See also: Kentucky's 1st congressional district elections, 2014

Whitfield is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Kentucky's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Whitfield won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Kentucky's 1st District. Whitfield won the nomination on the Republican ticket. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Charles Kendall Hatchett (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Candidates wishing to run were initially required to file by the signature filing deadline of January 31, 2012. However because the legislature was unable to complete new redistricting maps on time, the deadline was pushed back one week.[20] The new deadline was February 7.[21] The primary elections took place on May 22, 2012.[22]

U.S. House, Kentucky District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Charles Kendall Hatchett 30.4% 87,199
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Whitfield Incumbent 69.6% 199,956
Total Votes 287,155
Source: Kentucky Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Media

In the following video, Whitfield takes to the U.S. House floor in support of repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.


Ed Whitfield, "06.20.2012 Domestic Energy and Jobs Act floor "[23]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Whitfield is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Whitfield raised a total of $8,518,819 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[33]

Ed Whitfield's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 1) Won $1,917,048
2010 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 1) Won $1,254,885
2008 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 1) Won $1,020,193
2006 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 1) Won $1,052,012
2004 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 1) Won $848,124
2002 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 1) Won $999,809
2000 U.S. House (Kentucky, District 1) Won $1,426,748
Grand Total Raised $8,518,819

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Whitfield's reports.[34]

Ed Whitfield (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$1,500,185.63$160,812.23$(116,595.46)$1,544,402.40
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$1,544,402.40$417,742.03$(115,125.73)$1,847,018.70
October Quarterly[37]October 13, 2013$1,847,018.70$145,102.17$(205,105.65)$1,787,015.22
Year-end[38]January 31, 2014$1,787,015$204,808$(90,892)$1,900,930
Running totals
$928,464.43$(527,718.84)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Whitfield's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Whitfield won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Whitfield's campaign committee raised a total of $1,917,048 and spent $1,466,340.[39] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[40]

Cost per vote

Whitfield spent $7.33 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Whitfield's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Whitfield won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Whitfield's campaign committee raised a total of $1,254,885 and spent $859,805.[41]

U.S. House of Representatives, Kentucky's 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Ed Whitfield Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,254,885
Total Spent $859,805
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Ed Whitfield's campaign committee
US Oncology$12,500
American Assn of Nurse Anesthetists$11,000
American Bankers Assn$10,000
American Interventional Pain Physicians$10,000
American Optometric Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$228,650
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$94,000
Electric Utilities$54,250
Chemical & Related Manufacturing$35,500
TV/Movies/Music$33,750

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Whitfield is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 18, 2013.[42]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[43]

Whitfield most often votes with:

Whitfield least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Whitfield missed 390 of 12,398 roll call votes from January 1995 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.1%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[44]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Whitfield paid his congressional staff a total of $1,103,639 in 2011. He ranked 13th on the list of the highest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 63rd overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Kentucky ranked 10th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[45]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Whitfield's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,023,048 and $5,119,999. That averages to $3,571,523, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 27.80% from 2010.[46]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Whitfield's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,479,047 and $4,109,999. That averages to $2,794,523, which was lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[47]

2004-2010

According to research from Open Secrets, Whitfield's average net worth as of 2010 is $2,794,523. His net increased by 1.21% from 2004-2010.

According to an analysis by the Washington Post, Whitfield sold General Electric stock worth between $50,000 and $100,000 prior to a successful Republican filibuster that kept legislation backed by the company from being passed.[48]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Whitfield ranked 218th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[49]

2011

Whitfield ranked 198th in the conservative rankings.[50]

Voting with party

June 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Ed Whitfield has voted with the Republican Party 96.3% of the time, which ranked 120th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[51]

Personal

Whitfield is married to Connie Harriman, a former Assistant Secretary of the Interior.[52]

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Biographical Guide to Members of Congress "Ed Whitfield" Accessed November 12, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. U.S. Congress House Clerk "House of Representatives Committee Assignments" Accessed November 12, 2011
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Project Votesmart, "Ed Whitfield Key Votes," accessed October 14, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  10. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  13. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Office Website
  15. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  16. Official Website
  17. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Washington Post, "10 House republicans vote against Ryan budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  19. CBS News, "Senate rejects Paul Ryan budget," accessed March 22, 2013
  20. Courier Press "Judge to rule by Tuesday on Kentucky legislative filing deadline," January 30, 2012
  21. Kentucky.com "Lawmakers move to postpone congressional deadline," January 27, 2012
  22. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  23. YouTube channel
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Ed Whitfield" Accessed April 7, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission "Ed Whitfield 2014 Summary reports," Accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 25, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 17, 2014
  39. Open Secrets "Ed Whitfield 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  41. Open Secrets "Ed Whitfield 2010 Re-Election Cycle," Accessed November 12, 2011
  42. Gov Track "Whitfield" Accessed June 18, 2013
  43. OpenCongress, "Rep. Ed Whitfield," Accessed August 2, 2013
  44. GovTrack, "Ed Whitfield," Accessed April 1, 2013
  45. LegiStorm "Ed Whitfield"
  46. OpenSecrets.org, "Whitfield (R-KY), 2011"
  47. OpenSecrets.org, "Whitfield, (R-Kentucky), 2010"
  48. Washington Post, "Members of Congress trade in companies while making laws that affect those same firms," June 23, 2012
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  52. Official House Site "Biography," Accessed November 12, 2011
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Preceded by
Tom Barlow
U.S. House of Representatives - Kentucky District 1
1995–present
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Kentucky House of Representatives
1973-1975
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