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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy delivered a speech on the House floor today where he honored the memory of a larger-than-life personality in the House of Representatives, the late Rep. Don Young.

“Tonight, Congress opens back up for the first time without Congressman Don Young – and this chamber is feeling a big hole, especially in the back.

“For the first time in 49 years, we won’t hear Don’s booming voice yelling for regular order.

“For the first time in 49 years, we won’t see his big smile or friendly laugh.

“And for the first time in 49 years, we won’t hear that strong voice when it comes to an issue about Alaska.

“But we will never forget him or the legacy he leaves behind.

“Don taught all of us three important lessons.

“First, he taught us how to fight for what you believe in.

“Second, he taught us how to love your family and savor every moment together.

“Third, he reminded us of what an honor it is to serve our constituents.

“We are going to miss Don Young dearly. But more importantly, we will never forget him.

“I ask the House rise to observe a moment of silence for our Dean, Rep. Don Young.”