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.
Former Representative Freibert was re-appointed to the Commission by the President of the Senate in November, 2008. She previously served on the Ethics Commission from 2000-2004. She is a former member of the House of Representatives. Mrs. Freibert has a long record of involvement in political, civic, educational, and charitable affairs for which she has received local, state and national recognition. She is also a free lance writer for several publications. In 2004, Mrs. Freibert was appointed by Governor Ernie Fletcher to the Kentucky Commission on Women and served as Chairwoman. She resides in Lexington.