Representative Don Young (R-AK), who was the longest-serving member of Congress, passed away on Friday at the age of 88 years old.
Young’s office issued a statement following his death saying, “It’s with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we announce Congressman Don Young (R-AK), the Dean of the House and revered champion for Alaska, passed away today while traveling home to Alaska to be with the state and people that he loved. His beloved wife Anne was by his side.”
Representative Young has been serving Alaskans in the House of Representatives since 1973 and has earned his status as a champion for Alaska’s often forgotten population.
The statement from Young’s office continued saying, “Nearly everything that has advanced for Alaska is a result of Don Young’s tenacious work. From the Trans-Alaska pipeline, to the Ketchikan Shipyard, to the Magnuson Stevens Act, which transformed the American fishing industry, to the numerous land exchanges he fought for, Don Young’s legacy cannot be overstated.”
Despite his advanced age, Representative Young was running for reelection and was ready to serve Alaska into his 90s.
However, as a result of Young’s tragic passing, it is now up to Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy (R-AK) to hold a special election to find someone who can pick up where Alaska’s legendary advocate left off.
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