Alaska GOP congressman Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungProject American leadership and resources to defend global democracy The Hill’s Morning Report – What’s Putin’s next move? Alaska becomes latest battleground in GOP civil war MORE, the longest-serving member of Congress — known as the Dean of the House — died on Friday night. He was 88.
Young’s office confirmed on Friday night that the congressman “passed away today while traveling home to Alaska to be with the state and people that he loved.”
“Don Young’s legacy as a fighter for the state will live on, as will his fundamental goodness and his honor,” his office said in a statement. “We will miss him dearly. His family, his staff, and his many friends ask Alaskans for their prayers during this difficult time.”
Young was first sworn in to office on March 6, 1973, and last won reelection in 2020 to serve his 25th term as Alaska’s only representative.
Among a long list of congressional services, Young served as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee from 1995 to 2001 and Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2001 to 2007.
Before his death, he served as a senior Republican member of both committees.
Young lived in the remote village of Fort Yukon in Alaska.