Whitfield resigns from Congress two months early
By Jim Turner

Posted on August 31, 2016 10:25 PM

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (KY-01) has notified Governor Matt Bevin and House Speaker Paul Ryan that he will resign as First District Congressman on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, at 6 P.M.

A copy of the letter to Governor Bevin is attached.

Congressman Whitfield also stated he would announce his future plans within the next 30 days. 

This will give the governor the opportunity to hold a special election for the unfulfilled part of this term. That election could be held at the same time as the General Election on Nov. 8.

As a result of that, the winner of the special election could be sworn in during November, giving him seniority over other Freshmen Members of the House of Representatives who take office in January.

Republican nominee James Comer is a heavy favorite to win that election.

Comer released the following statement about Whitfield’s 11 terms in office:

"I sincerely appreciate Congressman Whitfield's 22 years of service to the people of the 1st District. As his constituents, TJ and I have always admired his conservative values and steadfast support for the coal industry."

With respect to the ensuing Special Election, Comer said, "I will seek the nomination for the unexpired term of Congressman Whitfield, and fully expect to be on the ballot twice on Nov. 8, once for the unexpired term and once for the full two-year term."




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