Ed was born in Alexandria and grew up in Pollock, Louisiana where he attended Pollock Elementary School. He was President of the Jr. 4-H Club and active in Boy Scout Troop 32, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and being elected to the Order of the Arrow. He spent his summers swimming in Big Creek, working on his grandfather's farm and reading books on history. His family attended First Baptist Church in Pollock, where he earned the God and Country Award, as a part of his Boy Scout activities.
Ed attended Tioga High School, where he served on the Student Council and was a member of the Key Club. He was elected Governor of the LaMissTenn District of Key Club International and attended the Presidential Classroom for Young Americans in Washington, D. C. He was selected Most Likely to Succeed by his classmates and awarded the American Legion Award at graduation.
Ed attended LSU, where he earned a BA degree in History. He served on the Student Assembly and was selected to Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity. He attended LSU Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. While attending LSU, he worked as a legislative aide in the Louisiana Senate.
Ed has practiced law for 37 years. He served as District Attorney for Grant Parish from 1991 to 1997. During his 6 years in office, he aggressively prosecuted those charged with criminal activity, while at the same time safeguarding the rights of those who were innocent. He made the prosecution of DWI offenders a top priority during his administration and achieved a 90% conviction rate. He investigated public corruption and was not afraid to prosecute local officials. He made the collection of child-support a major priority during his term and collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for single mothers.
After 6 years of public service, Ed chose to return to the private sector where he has worked for the past 20 years serving the needs of his clients throughout the state. He has a solo practice in Alexandria, Louisiana. Over the years, he has represented many individuals, families and small business owners in civil and criminal matters in Federal and State court.Ed is a member of the Alexandria Bar Association, Louisianan Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Crossroads -American Inn of Court of Alexandria- Pineville and was selected as a member of Best Attorneys in 2017.
Ed's involvement in civic and community activities include having served on the Board of Directors for the Attakapas Council, Boy Scouts of America. He served on the Louisiana College Board of Trustees from 2001-2007. He has been active in the Pro-Life movement for many years, including lobbying the legislature, helping to establish the Crisis Pregnancy Hotline in Alexandria, serving as legal counsel for the local Right to Life chapter, as well as representing couples seeking adoptions. He is a founding board member & legal counsel for the Cenla Pregnancy Center, Inc. which was established on April 3, 2016 in Pineville, LA.
Ed was elected to the Republican State Central Committee, 1992-1996 and 2008-2012. He was elected as a delegate from the 5th Congressional District to the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas.
Ed attends Kingsville Baptist Church, Pineville, Louisiana. He has taken three humanitarian mission trips to China, where he has met with Chinese attorneys and businessmen and spoken to the Liaoning University Law School in Shenyang, China. During 2008-2009, he was part of an international effort seeking the release of a wrongfully imprisoned Chinese pastor in Beijing, who was being persecuted for his Christian faith. In 2008, Ed was able to speak with President Bush concerning the matter. Later in 2009, while visiting China, Ed met with a member of the staff of the US Embassy in Beijing. After a concerted international effort, the pastor was eventually released.
Since 2014, Ed has served as a member of the steering committee for the Louisiana Governors Prayer Breakfast in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Ed was married to the late Margret Perry Tarpley for 27 years until her death in 2008. Ed married Deborah Santos Campbell of Hammond, Louisiana in 2014 and they currently reside in Alexandria, LA. Together, they have seven children and five grandchildren.