Judge Wilhoit was appointed to the Commission by the Speaker of the House in 2016. He was the Executive Director of the Legislative Ethics Commission from November, 1997 until he retired in July, 2015. In 1976, he joined the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and he retired as Chief Judge in 1997. Judge Wilhoit also served as a police judge, Versailles City Attorney, Woodford County Attorney, state public defender, and deputy secretary of the Justice Cabinet. He earned an A.B. from Thomas More College, a law degree from the University of Kentucky, and an LLM from the University of Virginia. In 2012, Judge Wilhoit received the COGEL Award, the highest international award given to a person working in the fields of ethics, campaign finance, and election law. He lives in Versailles.
Ernest L. Harris, Jr.
Former Senator Harris was appointed to the Commission by the President of the Senate in May, 2021. Mr. Harris is a native of Oldham County and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also has a master’s in management from Webster University. Mr. Harris served his country for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Lt. Colonel. After his Air Force career, he flew for UPS as a Boeing 757/767 captain. He served in the Kentucky Senate from 1995 until his retirement in 2020. He lives on the family farm in Oldham County.