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Dean of The House ‘Don Young’ Dies at the Age of 88

With the morning news comes a heartbreaking news about a well-known figure that everyone always talked about. The Dean of the House, Don Young, died at the age of 88.

Donald Edwin Young was an American politician and professor who served as the United States Representative representing Alaska’s at-large congressional district from 1973 until he died in 2022. 

He was the Republican Party’s longest-serving member of the House of Representatives and Congress, representing Alaska for 49 years. 

Along with being the longest-serving member of Congress, Young as well as was the last surviving member in place since the Nixon Administration.

Don Young become the 45th dean of the House of Representatives on December 5, 2017, following the resignation of John Conyers. Don Young’s office issued a statement mourning his death.

Dean Of The House ‘Don Young’ Dies At The Age Of 88

According to the statement, Don Young was returning home to Alaska to be with the state and people he cherished.

The cause of death was not disclosed in the office’s statement, however, Young’s wife was there at the time of his death. The statement is as follows.

“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.”

Don Young’s Political Positions

Young considered that abortion should be legalized only when the pregnancy is the consequence of incest or rape, or when a woman’s life is jeopardized as an outcome of her pregnancy.

He has discussed the issues of when abortions should be permitted, stating that he did not believe abortions should be confined to the first trimester of pregnancy.

And he also objected to the notion of federal subsidies prohibiting abortions.

Don was well-known for his work in ‘Arctic oil drilling,’ which was one of his most well-known responsibilities. Young revered President Trump for “recognizing the importance of development in the Arctic OCS” when he signed an executive order eliminating Obama-era limitations on Arctic oil production.

On November 18, 2011, Young engaged in a dispute with Douglas Brinkley, a historian who lectures at Rice University in Texas, during a Congressional hearing against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Do you recall the “Bridge to Nowhere?”

Young and Stevens set aside $223 million in 2005 to construct the massive Gravina Island Bridge, which connects Ketchikan to Gravina Island, which also holds Ketchikan’s airport.

The bridge is actually used for emergency vehicles as well as passenger accessibility.

Don Young’s Last Tweet Talked About Mental Health

The last tweet of Don Young included him writing how he worked diligently to include language in the @USCG reauthorization bill to safeguard service members seeking mental health care from dismissal, and he applauded the USCG for releasing a mental health policy update.

He also stated, “Nobody should fear discharge for seeking the care needed to fulfill their duties.”

Friends & Family Of Don Young Paid Tribute

Don Young accomplished a lot in his life, and his friends and family are paying tribute to him on the internet.

“It was always a pleasure working with him.”

Rep Eric stated Don Young will be missed.

Terribly Sad.

‘A Tireless Fighter For Alaska.’

‘His absence will leave the congress less colorful & less punctual.’

‘As the house of dean, Don Young was both loved and respected.’

‘A true legend of congress.’

‘Dedicated Public Servant.’

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