US House honors Alaska's Don Young as newest dean

Published: Jan. 10, 2018 at 1:34 PM AKST
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Alaska's lone member of the U.S. House was honored Wednesday for


U.S. Rep. Don Young succeeds 88-year-old Rep. John Conyers as dean, largely a ceremonial post whose main duty is to swear in the House speaker after elections. Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, cited health reasons when resigning last month, but he was also


Young, an 84-year-old Republican, has served in the House since 1973. House Speaker Paul Ryan noted Wednesday was Young's 16,374th day in office.

Known for a gruff demeanor, Young told his colleagues he will not change as dean: He will still holler, he will still at times get out of line.

But if that happens, he says that action comes from his heart, adding: "My heart is in this House."

House Honors Dean of the House Don Young

Congratulations again to my friend and colleague Congressman Don Young for becoming the Dean of the House. Today, his colleagues – both Republicans and Democrats – honored his years of service to Alaska and the nation in a tribute on the House floor.

Posted by Senator Dan Sullivan on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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