Whitfield to resign from Congress next week

Retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield says he will resign from office next week, triggering a special election that will give his successor a head start in Congress.
    
Whitfield notified Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin with a letter on Monday. Whitfield’s communications director Robert Hankins confirmed the letter and said his resignation will be effective at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6.
    
First elected in 1994, Whitfield announced his retirement last year in the midst of a House Ethics Committee investigation. The committee ultimately rebuked Whitfield for violating House rules, but said it was unintentional.
    
Bevin will call a special election to fulfill the remainder of Whitfield’s term, which ends in January. The special election will likely be on the same day as the general election between Republican James Comer and Democrat Sam Gaskins.

In a statement sent Wednesday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: 

For more than two decades, Congressman Ed Whitfield has served the people of Kentucky’s First District with distinction. During his tenure in Congress, Ed has fought hard for the people of western Kentucky and it has been an honor working alongside him on a variety of issues, including our support for the workers at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and for the men and women serving our country stationed at Fort Campbell. I am thankful for our many years of friendship, and Elaine and I extend every best wish to Ed, Connie and the entire Whitfield family in the years ahead.

You can read Whitfield’s letter to Bevin about his resignation below this story. 

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