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Record and controversies
Whitfield voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.
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2011 Whitfield amendment defunds House Green Initiative
On Feb. 17, 2011, the House adopted an amendment by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) to the fiscal 2011 continuing resolution that stripped $1.5 million from the House's Greening the Capitol initiative, a program begun in 2007 under then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to make Congress an example of energy efficiency in the workplace. Whitfield's amendment targeted a section of the CR that deals with legislative branch appropriations for the House, which the Senate does not consider in creating its version of the legislation.
Whitfield's amendment attacked a key component of the Greening the Capitol plan that sought to phase out the use of coal at the Capitol Power Plant. Whitfield said that in their effort to implement their greening program, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wrote a letter to the Architect of the Capitol directing him to stop buying coal for the Capitol Power Plant "even though the plant met all environmental requirements."
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who helped begin the program as the former chairwoman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the legislative branch, said the Greening the Capitol Initiative has already saved the House $1.5 million and would have saved taxpayers upward of $9 million when fully implemented.
2011 Whitfield amendment to block power plant regulations
As of September 2011, Joe Barton has taken over $704,000 from donors connected to the utility, oil and gas, coal and mining sectors, according to DirtySecrets.org. That same month he supported the House Bill TRAIN (Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation) Act, which would indefinitely delay clean-up of dangerous power plant air pollution, and added an amendment that would permanently block stronger pollution safeguards for power plants.
Whitfield was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on May 25, 1943, and was educated at the University of Kentucky, Wesley Theological Seminary and American University. He served in the Army Reserve, and was a lawyer, business executive, business owner and member of the Kentucky House of Representatives before entering the House in 1995.
Money in politics
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|Links to more campaign contribution information for Ed Whitfield
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
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- Revolving door profile for Ed Whitfield from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- 2006 privately funded travel profile for Ed Whitfield from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
- Personal finance profile for Ed Whitfield from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org website.
Committees and other Affiliations
- House Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection
- Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations - Ranking Member
Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)
Caucuses and Coalitions
- Army Caucus
- Congressional Horse Caucus
- Congressinal Travel and Tourism Caucus
- Co-Chair, House Nursing Caucus
- National Guard & Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization
- Nuclear Cleanup Caucus
- Pro-Life Caucus
- Steel Caucus
- Transit Valley Authority Caucus
Boards and Other Affiliations
- Chamber of Commerce
- Florida Bar Association
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Former Member, Kiwanis
- Former Member, Lutheran Social Services Board
- Methodist Church
- Former Board of Directors, Salvation Army
- Advisory Board, America Bosnia Foundation 
More Background Data
District Office - Henderson:
222 First Street, Room 307
Henderson, KY 42420
District Office - Hopkinsville:
1403 South Main Street
Hopkinsville, KY 42240
District Office - Paducah:
100 Fountain Avenue, Room 104
Paducah, KY 42001
District Office - Tompkinsville:
Monroe County Courthouse
Post Office Box 717
Tompkinsville, KY 42167
Articles and Resources
Local blogs and discussion sites
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
Ranking Member On:
Ranking Member On:
Army Caucus,Congressional Horse Caucus,Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus,House Nursing Caucus,National Guard & Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization,Nuclear Cleanup Caucus,Pro-Life Caucus,Steel Caucus,Transit Valley Authority Caucus
|Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Commerce Trade and Consumer Protection, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, House Committee on Energy and Commerce/Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations,|
|First Elected to Current Office:
November 8, 1994
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 1995
November 2, 2010
|Previous Political Work?
Kentucky House of Representatives,
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Date of Birth: May 25, 1943
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