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Ed Whitfield was born, May 25, 1943. Whitfield is a native of Hopkinsville, Kentucky and attended Madisonville High School. He earned a Bachelor's Degree and Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky and also studied at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Whitfield served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 100th Division of the U.S. Army Reserves. Congressman Whitfield served in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1974-75 while practicing law in Hopkinsville. Ed Whitfield was elected to Congress in 1994 as the first Republican to represent Kentucky’s First Congressional District.