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Rep. Don Young, longest-serving congressmember, dies at 88

Obit Don Young
Posted at 7:55 PM, Mar 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-18 22:55:52-04

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Don Young, the longest-serving member of Alaska’s congressional delegation, has died. He was 88.

Young, who was first elected to the U.S. House in 1973, was known for his brusque style.

In his later years in office, his off-color comments and gaffes sometimes overshadowed his work.

During his 2014 reelection bid, he described himself as intense and less-than-perfect but said he wouldn’t stop fighting for Alaska.

Young was born on June 9, 1933, in Meridian, California.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching in 1958 and served in the U.S. Army.

Young moved to Alaska in 1959, the same year that Alaska became a state.

The Republican credited Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” which his father used to read to him, for drawing him north.