Republican U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield says he will not seek a 12th term. Whitfield made the announcement in a news release Tuesday. The Hopkinsville Republican has been in Congress for 20 years. His term ends in January 2017. According to media partner 14News, 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.