Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Ed Whitfield
In accordance with House Rule XI, clause 3, and Committee Rules 10(a)(2) and 18, the Committee on Ethics (Committee) unanimously voted on March 25, 2015, to establish an Investigative Subcommittee. Pursuant to the Committee’s action, the Investigative Subcommittee shall have jurisdiction to determine whether Representative Ed Whitfield violated the Code of Official Conduct or any law, rule, regulation, or other applicable standard of conduct in the performance of his duties or the discharge of his responsibilities, with respect to allegations that he failed to prohibit lobbying contacts between his staff and his wife, improperly used his official position for the beneficial interest of himself or his wife, and dispensed special favors or privileges to either his wife, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, or the Humane Society of the United States.
The Chairman with the concurrence of the Ranking Member pursuant to clause 2(g)(3) of House Rule XI, has scheduled a public meeting of the Committee to be held in Room 1015, Longworth House Office Building on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. to consider organizational matters relating to the start of the 114th Congress.
Statement of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Ethics Regarding Representative Tom Petri
On December 11 , 2014, the Committee transmitted the attached Report to the House regarding allegations relating to Representative Tom Petri.