(RepublicanReport.org) – Rep. Don Young (R-AK), who was the longest-serving member in the US House of Representatives, passed away on Friday, March 18. He was 88 years of age.
The Alaska Republican was widely held in high regard in conservative circles in his home state, and across the country. He was known for his hobbies of trapping and captaining tugboats. However, in one now-famous exchange, he reportedly produced a knife on the floor of the House of Representatives and held it to the throat of Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), who later went on to become House speaker. Supposedly, the two went on to become friends later.
Despite his advanced years, Young was in the process of running for his seat for a staggering 26th time. Official sources report he died while traveling to Alaska, but the cause of death is not public knowledge at this time.
President Joe Biden was among the leaders from both sides of the aisle to pay tribute to Don Young on social media following the news of his passing.
Don Young always stayed true to who he was and the people of Alaska he represented. His legacy will continue in the America he loved.
Jill and I send our prayers to his wife Anne, to his daughters and the entire Young family, and to the people of Alaska.
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 19, 2022
Don Young leaves behind a wife, Anne, and two children. There are plans in the works for a commemoration of his life and his political work, with more news emerging in the coming days.
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