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Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)

Energy Policy

Wednesday, May 7, 8:45 am

Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives 

NECA welcomes Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) as a confirmed keynote speaker on Wednesday, May 7 at 8:45 am at the National Legislative Conference, Washington, D.C.


A native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Rep. Ed Whitfield studied at the University of Kentucky where he received both his bachelor and Juris Doctorate degrees.  He went on to study at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. where today he is a member of the school’s Board of Governors.  After college Whitfield served as First Lieutenant in the 100th Division of the U.S. Army Reserves.  In 1974-1975 he served in the Kentucky House of Representatives while practicing law in Hopkinsville and operating a successful oil distributorship in the western Kentucky coal fields.  In 1979 Whitfield became counsel to the president of the Seaboard System Railroad in Washington, D.C.  He would later be named the vice president of state relations and then vice president of federal railroad affairs for the CSX Corporation.  From 1991-1993 he served as legal counsel to the chairman of the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) where he worked to reduce regulation of the nation’s barge, railroad, and trucking industries. 


Whitfield was elected to Congress in 1994 when he became the first republican to represent Kentucky’s first congressional district since the Civil War.  As a member of Congress, Whitfield currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and is a ranking member on the Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection (CTCP) subcommittee.  As a member of CTCP he is responsible for matters relating to interstate and foreign commerce, regulation of commercial practices, and regulation of travel tourism.  He also serves on the subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality which oversees national energy policy and utility issues and regulation of nuclear facilities.  Whitfield currently has the task of serving on the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations which has jurisdiction over a wide range of departments, agencies, and issues.

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