Don Young Represents Alaska   Leave a comment

Donald Edwin “Don” Young (born June 9, 1933) has served as the Alaska’s U.S. Representative since March 1973. He is the longest-serving member ever of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Alaska, but that doesn’t mean much since we only became at state in 1959.

Don Young, official photo portrait, color, 2006.jpgBorn in California, Young moved to Alaska in 1959 to teach school in Fort Yukon. His political career began in 1964, when he was elected Mayor of Fort Yukon. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1967 to 1971 and then in the Alaska Senate from 1971 to 1973. He first ran for Congress in 1972, but lost to incumbent Democrat Nick Begich, who disappeared in a plane crash days before the election. Begich was declared legally dead in December 1972 and Young won the resulting special election in March 1973. Young has been re-elected 21 times, usually without significant opposition. He faced strong challenges in the 1974, 1990, 1992 and 2008 general elections and in the 2008 primary election, but he has always creamed the competition.

Don is the third most-senior U.S. Representative and the most-senior Republican Representative. He serves on and is the second-highest ranking Republican on the Natural Resources and Transportation and Infrastructure committees. He chaired the former committee from 1995 to 2001 and the latter committee from 2001 to 2007. During his long career, Young has twice faced federal investigation but has never been charged with wrongdoing.

I like Don. He has represented Alaska well for many years. I love the fact that he is not PC. I truly wish Congress would listen to him on his idea for sunsetting ALL federal regulations or requiring a periodic review of them. Don’s getting really old and I worry what happens if he dies in office and a liberal government appoints someone like Mark Begich to the seat. Alaskans are so gullible on that whole seniority thing that we will keep a creep forever without getting rid of them. Let’s not make that mistake we made with Lisa.

So will we have an alternative this time around?

 

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Posted July 18, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in Uncategorized

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