WASHINGTON — Rep. Don Young, the longest-serving Republican in House historical past, will lie in state within the U.S. Capitol on March 29, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced Monday.
Young’s workplace introduced the congressman’s dying in a press release Friday evening. He was 88.
Young, who was first elected to the House in 1973, was recognized for his brusque type and for bringing federal funding to the state. He was elected in 2020 to serve his twenty fifth time period as Alaska’s solely member.
Pelosi’s workplace mentioned a proper ceremony shall be held with the Young household, which shall be open to invited visitors. Following the memorial service, there shall be viewing open to members of Congress. Lying in state is an honor historically bestowed upon American political and navy leaders. Young will lie in state in National Statuary Hall.
Pelosi had mentioned after Young’s passing that he was an “institution” in Congress.
“The photographs of him with ten presidents of both parties who signed his bills into law that proudly cover the walls of his Rayburn office are a testament to his longevity and his legislative mastery,” she mentioned.
President Joe Biden mentioned few legislators left a larger mark on their state than Young.
“Don’s legacy lives on in the infrastructure projects he delighted in steering across Alaska,” Biden mentioned.
Most just lately, Young received $23.7 million for Alaska for water, highway and different initiatives within the government-wide $1.5 trillion spending invoice Biden signed into regulation this week, in response to an evaluation of that invoice by The Associated Press. It is likely one of the highest quantities for home-district initiatives that any House member had within the laws.
Earlier, he was one in all solely 13 Republicans who voted for a roughly $1 trillion bundle of highway and different infrastructure initiatives, which he described as maybe the nation’s “last best chance” to make the federal investments essential to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure wants for the following century and past.
Young got here to Alaska in 1959, the identical 12 months Alaska grew to become a state, and credited Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” which his father used to learn to him, for drawing him north.
Young served as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee from 1995 to 2001 after which because the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2001-2007.