Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY) has decided to resign from the House of Representatives effective September 6, 2016.  Whitfield had previously decided not to run for re-election and Jamie Comer won the Republican primary for Whitfield's seat.

Whitfield cited as his reason for retiring to allow the next Congressman a head start.  Whitfield introduced the PAST Act and faced ethics violations as a result of his wife's, a lobbyist for the Humane Society, access to his staff.  A special election will be held to elect his successor.