Edward Whitfield

3 Special Election Winners Expected to Enter the House Next Week
Chamber's roster will be back to 435 members

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa returns to the House seat she vacated in 2014 to run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House will return to 435 members next week when winners of three special elections held on Tuesday are expected to be sworn in. All three replace members of the same party, restoring the count to 247 Republicans and 188 Democrats, the same as at the beginning of the 114th Congress.

Hawaii Democrat Colleen Hanabusa will return to the House seat she gave up in 2014 for a Senate run. She narrowly lost that Senate primary to Brian Schatz. Her successor in the House, Mark Takai, announced his retirement in May due to pancreatic cancer. He passed away in July.

What Happens on the Hill When Your Boss Suddenly Leaves?
Whitfield and Takai staffers operating under the House Clerk's supervision

Capitol workers wheel some of Speaker John A. Boehner's belongings out of the speaker's suite in October 2015. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Natasha Hammond knows the feeling of your whole world changing.

“Oh my gosh. Well actually, my heart just dropped and I had a horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach,” Hammond, former Speaker John A. Boehner’s assistant for policy, recalled her reaction to the news of his retirement.

Kentucky Rep. Whitfield to Resign From Congress Next Week
Move could allow successor to serve in 'lame duck' session

Kentucky Rep. Edward Whitfield, seen during a 2015 press conference on Capitol Hill, is resigning from Congress next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Kentucky Rep. Edward Whitfield said Wednesday that he will resign from Congress next week. The disclosure, made in a letter to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, comes almost a year after the Republican announced he would retire in the face of a House investigation into ethics violations.

His resignation will be effective Sept. 6, the day the House returns from its summer recess, according to his Aug. 29 letter. Whitfield's office said he would announce his future plans in the next 30 days.

Ethics Committee Rebukes Rep. Ed Whitfield
Kentucky congressman allowed lobbyist wife to contact staff

Kentucky Rep. Edward Whitfield said his failure to prevent contact between his lobbyist wife and his staff was "unintentional." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The House Ethics Committee  has concluded unanimously that Kentucky Republican Rep. Edward Whitfield "failed to prohibit lobbying contacts between his staff and his wife."  

"The committee found that Rep. Whitfield failed to take the proper care to avoid violations of the applicable rules,” according to a report released Thursday .