Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), who chairs a key subcommittee on electric power, announced Sept. 29 that he won’t seek a 12th term in Congress.
Whitfield is chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power within the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The announcement came days after the leading Republican in the House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced his impending retirement.
“Among many memorable achievements, I am particularly proud of helping to establish the Federal Health Benefit Program for employees of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant; creating a National Forest at Land between the Lakes; providing much needed funding for our troops at Fort Campbell; promoting the utilization of our abundant fossil fuels; and ensuring the humane treatment of animals,” Whitfield said in a news release.
Whitfield has been a defender of the coal industry and a frequent critic of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Whitfield has also joined other leading Republicans in Congress in arguing that the EPA Clean Power Plan should not be implemented until the federal courts rule on legal challenges.
As for Boehner, news stories out of Washington, D.C., have speculated that he might push for renewal of congressional Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank authorization before he leaves at the end of October.