James Comer Elected to Fill Open Seat in Kentucky’s 1st District
Former Kentucky agriculture commissioner will be seated immediately

Rep.-elect James Comer will be able to take his seat for the lame-duck session. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican James Comer will defeat Democrat Samuel L. Gaskins in Kentucky’s 1st District, The Associated Press projects.

Comer led Gaskins 72 percent to 28 percent with 23 percent of precincts reporting. 

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.