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Alaska's Congressman Becomes the Longest-Serving Republican in the History of Congress


March 07, 2019
Thursday PM

(SitNews) Washington, D.C. - Alaska Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) achieved a history-making milestone yesterday by becoming the longest serving Republican in the history of the United States Congress. Congressman Young breaks a record previously held by former Speaker of the House Joseph Gurney Cannon.

“It has been the honor of my life to represent our great state in the House of Representatives for forty-six years,” said Congressman Don Young“I love and respect this institution, and it is a privilege to have worked with over two-thousand other Members throughout my tenure. I would like to thank my friends on both sides of the aisle for taking time to recognize this milestone today. I stand energized and as ready as ever to keep up the fight for all of Alaska.”

Congressman Don Young spoke from the House Floor and reflected upon this historic milestone of service to the people of Alaska.


Young said in his speech, "This a great United States of America. And we're representative of our districts. One thing I learned during my 46 years is that each one of you represent your people. And I respect it. I may not agree with some of the things you stand for, but I respect that you were elected by your people. I had the privilege of traveling a lot, and still do, into members' districts. Not to campaign against them. But to find out why and how they are elected and what they stand for in that community. This democracy, this House is the People's House."

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski offered her congratulations to her Alaskan colleague, who reached the milestone of becoming the longest-serving Republican in the history of Congress. Congressman Young has served in the House of Representatives for 46 years. 

“My dear friend and colleague Congressman Don Young continues to make history. Congressman Don Young is now officially the longest serving Republican member of Congress in history and the 9th longest serving member overall. Don has clearly made his mark in the House. When you think about the legislative accomplishments for Alaska --- there is nothing that Don Young didn’t lead on in the House, whether it’s on issues such as ANWR, King Cove, and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, or so much else.” said Senator Murkowski. “Don Young has truly earned this distinction and working alongside of him has been an extraordinary privilege. I thank him for what he has done for all of us over all these years, and continues to do to this day. Congratulations again to Don – our Congressman for all Alaska.”

U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK)also spoke on the Senate floor in tribute to Congressman Don Young yesterday, the day that Young officially became the longest continuously-serving Republican in Congress, in both the House and the Senate. Sullivan said, "He’s consistently ranked among the most effective legislators - just recently ranked the most effective member of Congress by the nonpartisan group, the Center for Effective Lawmaking. In his 46 years in Congress, nearly every project that has advanced modern Alaska has Congressman Young’s fingerprints on it." Senator Sullivan’s remarks were part of his series, “Alaskan of the Week.

Congressman Young was recognized on the House Floor by Congressional Leadership from both parties.

Congressman Don Young earned the honor of Dean of the House in January of 2018 after becoming the House of Representative’s longest current serving member. According to, Congressman Young has sponsored 1,110 pieces of legislation and co-sponsored 5,640 bills.



Watch Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's speech

Watch Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy's speech

Watch Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's speech

Watch Republican Whip Steve Scalise's speech

Watch Senator Sullivan’s remarks naming Don Young as “Alaskan of the Week.



Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


Source of News:

Office of Congressman Don Young

Office of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski

Office of U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan


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