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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

WATCH LIVE: Alaska Rep. Don Young Able at US Capitol

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Rep Don Young, the longest-serving Republican in House history, will be laid to rest in the U.S. Capitol on March 29.

Events are scheduled to start at 11:00 ET. Look at the memorial in the player above.

Young’s office announced the congressman’s death on March 18 in a statement. He was 88.

Young, who was first elected to the House in 1973, was known for his brutal style and for bringing federal investment to the state. He was elected in 2020 to serve his 25th term as Alaska’s sole member.

Pelosi’s office said a formal ceremony would be held with the Young family, which will be open to invited guests. After the memorial service, viewing will be open to members of Congress. To be able to do so is an honor traditionally bestowed on American political and military leaders. Young will be able to lie in National Statuary Hall.

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Pelosi said after Young’s death that he was an “institution” in Congress.

“The photos of him with ten presidents of both parties signing his bills that proudly cover the walls of his Rayburn office are proof of his longevity and his legislative control,” she said.

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President Joe Biden said few lawmakers have left a bigger stamp on their state than Young.

“Don’s legacy lives on in the infrastructure projects he’s excited to send across Alaska,” Biden said.

Young recently won $ 23.7 million for Alaska for water, road and other projects in the government-wide $ 1.5 trillion spending bill that Biden signed into law this week, according to an analysis of that bill by The Associated Press. This is one of the highest amounts for home district projects that any House member has had in the legislation.

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Previously, he was one of only 13 Republicans to vote for a $ 1 trillion package of road and other infrastructure projects, which he described as perhaps the country’s “last best chance” to make the federal investments needed to get the country to strengthen its infrastructure needs for the next century and beyond.

Young came to Alaska in 1959, the same year that Alaska became a state, and credited Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” which his father read to him, for moving him north.

Young served from 1995 to 2001 as chair of the Home Natural Resources Committee and thereafter as chair of the Home Transport and Infrastructure Committee from 2001-2007.

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