GOP US Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky won't seek re-election

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Posted: Sep 29, 2015 3:43 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky says he will not seek a 12th term.

Whitfield made the announcement in a news release Tuesday afternoon. The Hopkinsville Republican has been in Congress for 20 years. His term ends in January 2017.

Whitfield was a Democratic member of the state House of Representatives in the late 1970s before switching to the Republican party to run for Congress in 1994. Whitfield said he is most proud of helping to establish a federal health benefit program for the workers of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and creating a national forest at the Land Between The Lakes.

Whitfield is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee on allegations he allowed his wife to lobby his staff on behalf of her employer, The Humane Society. Whitfield has denied the allegations and called them politically motivated.