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Washington, D.C. – Today, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) issued the following statement in memory of the Dean of the House, Rep. Don Young (R-AK):

“Don Young was a giant, with a heart as big as the Capitol and a spirit as strong as the Alaskan wild. He was the longest serving Republican in the history of Congress – working with ten Presidents and nine Speakers. He was a chairman of several committees, the dean of the House, and a mentor to all of us. No one worked harder for his or her state and people than Don.

“Alaska is the great American frontier, and managing its blessed resources, persistently advocating on behalf of all Alaskans and Alaska Natives over 4,000 miles away in our Nation’s capital, and building the infrastructure to connect people and communities through the most rugged state in our union have been at the center of Don’s extraordinary career in Congress.

“But if you asked him, his most important and consequential job was being a husband and father. His love for Lu and Anne was eternal. They loved him dearly too. We all loved Don dearly. His absence will leave Congress less colorful and certainly less punctual. But his decades of service have filled every room and touched every member. Although he is no longer sitting in the Chamber amongst us, he will always be with us. Anne and his children have my deepest sympathies and love.”