Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield to resign from Congress next week
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – 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.
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