WASHINGTON, DC – Former TWHBEA President Marty Irby has joined the staff of Congressman Ed Whitfield as Congressional Aide (Agriculture).
Irby served two terms as TWHBEA President (2010 – 2012) and was an “invited witness” to testify before the Energy and Commerce Committee in the hearing on the HR 1518, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, on November 13, 2013.
Congressman Ed Whitfield has an impeccable reputation in Washington, and is respected by both Democrats and Republicans alike.
Whitfield, along with Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), are the Sponsors of HR 1518, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act. The proposed legislation presently has approximately 250 co-sponsors and appears to have substantial momentum for passage in 2013.
Ed Whitfield was elected to Congress in 1994 as the first Republican to represent Kentucky’s First Congressional District.
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. He also studied at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., where he now serves on the Board of Governors. Whitfield served as a 1st Lieutenant in the 100th Division of the U.S. Army Reserves.
Congressman Whitfield serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power of the full House Energy and Commerce Committee. He is also a member of the Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy and the Subcommittee on Health.
The Energy and Commerce Committee is the oldest standing Committee in the House and presides over a wide spectrum of issues, giving it the broadest jurisdiction of any Committee in the legislative body. The Committee maintains primary responsibility for legislative oversight relating to healthcare, telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health, air quality and environmental health, the supply and delivery of energy and interstate and foreign commerce.
Marty Irby has a command of the subject matter regarding the PAST Act, and has already created “movement” since he and Donna Benefield
started lobbying Capitol Hill for the passage of the Act in October 2013.