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WHITFIELD, ED, Republican Party
Kentucky

Total number of trips - 15
Total cost of trips - $100,463.35

Average cost per trip - $6,697.56
Total number of days spent traveling - 73 days
Rank of representative - 36 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Academy of Audiology
Dates - March 16, 2000 - March 16, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Chicago, IL

Purpose - key note speaker for the American Academy of audiology for their members conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,524.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $12.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,536.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - November 27, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (6 days)
Location(s) - Rome, Italy

Purpose - TransAtlantic Conference-MTGS with Italian govt officials
Notes - spouse, Constance Harriman; under other expenses-non-travel expenses provided

Travel Cost - $6,300.00
Lodging Cost - $1,750.00
Meal Cost - $1,000.00
Other Cost - $70.00
Total Cost - $9,120.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 23, 2000 (4 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - healthy reform conference
Notes - spouse, Constance

Travel Cost - $826.46
Lodging Cost - $1,258.88
Meal Cost - $511.92
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $2,637.21

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - United States Telephone Association Leadership roundtable
Dates - February 24, 2001 - February 26, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - La Quinta, CA

Purpose - to address the USTA conference
Notes - Location of this trip was not disclosed. Spouse Constance Harriman accompanied.[assumed destination]

Travel Cost - $4,614.75
Lodging Cost - $340.90
Meal Cost - $302.38
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $5,258.03

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 8, 2001 - August 18, 2001 (11 days)
Location(s) - Scotland

Purpose - speech to members of Scottish Parliament and the European Parliament on Kyoto and energy issues
Notes - Spouse Constance Harriman accompanied. August 8 - August 11 at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $7,462.16
Lodging Cost - $2,409.00
Meal Cost - $1,136.00
Other Cost - $350.00
Total Cost - $11,357.16

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Peabody Coal
Dates - February 12, 2001 - February 12, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Washington, DC

Purpose - Return from Peabody coal meeting in KY-01 to Washington DC for votes.
Notes -

Travel Cost - $354.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $354.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Market Institute Foundation, Qatar Chamber of Commerce
Dates - March 24, 2002 - April 1, 2002 (9 days)
Location(s) - London, England - Doha, Qatar - Rome, Italy

Purpose - conference on trade and Christian/Muslim dialogue. Participated in discussion about impact of WTO on domestic commerce.
Notes - spouse Constance Harriman accompanied. March 28-April 1 at personal expense.

Travel Cost - $15,933.02
Lodging Cost - $1,350.00
Meal Cost - $360.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $17,643.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 16, 2002 - February 19, 2002 (4 days)
Location(s) - Los Angeles, CA

Purpose - discussion with entertainment, technology and healthcare industry officials regarding public policy issues facing these industries as it is impact on job creation.
Notes - spouse Constance Harriman accompanied

Travel Cost - $3,579.38
Lodging Cost - $498.18
Meal Cost - $654.46
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,732.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Dates - March 21, 2003 - March 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Not specified

Purpose - address the Interventional Pain Management Symposium
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,690.50
Lodging Cost - $390.77
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,131.27

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Dates - January 25, 2004 - January 27, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Speak at Eclipse Awards regarding horse slaughter protection Act
Notes - spouse - Constance Harriman - other costs - taxi and rental car

Travel Cost - $1,092.40
Lodging Cost - $78.22
Meal Cost - $400.00
Other Cost - $190.65
Total Cost - $1,761.27

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - November 3, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Educational/fact finding
Notes - DC - Budapest, Hungary - DC Personal Expense 11/4 to 11/7 classified as CODEL for side trip

Travel Cost - $6,925.02
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $905.05
Other Cost - $216.84
Total Cost - $9,255.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - AmerisourceBergen
Dates - March 7, 2005 - March 7, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Paducah, KY

Purpose - Tour distribution facility - fact finding
Notes - Washington - Paducah, KY - Washington

Travel Cost - $955.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $10.50
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $965.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
Dates - April 1, 2005 - April 2, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - New Orleans, LA

Purpose - Address conference attendees
Notes - Washington, DC - New Orleans - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $838.39
Lodging Cost - $233.03
Meal Cost - $50.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,121.42

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Islamic Free Institute, Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Dates - March 25, 2005 - March 31, 2005 (7 days)
Location(s) - Doha, Qatar

Purpose - Attend fifth annual forum on Democracy and free trade in Doha, Qatar
Notes - Washington, DC - Doha, Qatar - Washington, DC Personal Expense: 3/25 - 3/28 Including spouse

Travel Cost - $19,532.90
Lodging Cost - $500.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $20,132.90

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - US Assn of Former Members of Congress Congressional Study Group on Turkey
Dates - May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Location(s) - Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus

Purpose - Led the first US Turkish study group to meet with the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians in Turkey and was the first delegation from the US to fly into Northern Cyprus
Notes - DC - Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus - DC Including spouse

Travel Cost - $8,990.04
Lodging Cost - $1,684.00
Meal Cost - $784.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $11,458.04

Additional family members - Yes

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in a Chinese immersion class in Utah. (Photo: Stephen Smith)

The Science of Smart

Researchers have long been searching for better ways to learn. In recent decades, experts working in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have opened new windows into how the brain works, and how we can learn to learn better. In this program, we look at some of the big ideas coming out of brain science. We meet the researchers who are unlocking the secrets of how the brain acquires and holds on to knowledge. And we introduce listeners to the teachers and students who are trying to apply that knowledge in the real world.

Recent Posts

  • 08.19.14

    Paul Tough on how children succeed

    Paul Tough talks about his new book, How Children Succeed. He says it's character that matters when it comes to learning. Children need curiosity, optimism and self-control.
  • 08.12.14

    Tracking and vocational ed

    Jeannie Oakes, who has studied tracking for decades, says vocational ed and "tracking" are connected, and that sorting students by race and class is still a problem.
  • 08.04.14

    Reinventing college for a new kind of student

    Long-predicted demographic changes mean a new kind of student is figuring out where to go to college, and how to pay for it.
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    Is school funding fair?

    A new report looks at why some schools have a lot of money to spend per pupil, while others don't, and what to do about it.