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Young Sworn In For 17th Term In House of Representatives


January 05, 2005

Washington, D.C. - Alaska Congressman Don Young was sworn in Tuesday for his 17th term as Alaska's only Congressman. In a ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Congressman Young took an oath administered by Speaker of the House Dennis J. Hastert to begin the 109th Congress.

Congressman Young attributed his political achievements to "my lovely wife Lu who is a very integral part of my career and has been by my side now for over 40 years."

Congressman Young begins the 109th Congress as third highest ranking Republican and eighth most senior Member of the House of Representatives.  Congressman Young is expected to retain his chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as his membership on the House Resources Committee.

"There are several important areas Congress will be working on this year.  We will be dealing with Social Security, education and the War on Terror to name a few.  I am going to focus primarily on getting a highway bill passed - a bill urgently needed for Alaska and our nation.  I am also going to focus on ANWR and on building the gas pipeline. These three things will improve the economy and structure of Alaska for years to come. 

"Along with these three major goals, I will continue to propose legislation for Alaska's natives to improve health care, education, and economic opportunities.  I will also continue to work on Veteran's health care, Missile Defense, and ensure we keep Alaska's military bases open," said Congressman Young.

Congressman Young was first sworn in as a freshman to the 93rd Congress after winning a special election on March 6, 1973.  His tenure in office is rooted in his deep love for Alaska and the nation, and his vision to provide all citizens the opportunity for a better life not just today, but well into the future.   

Congressman Young stated, "I remain grateful to the people of Alaska for giving me the opportunity to continue to serve them and our great state in the United States House of Representatives." 


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Office of Congressman Don Young
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