On this day in 1973, 39-year-old Don Young was sworn in as an Alaskan Congressman for the first time. Four decades, eight Presidents and 20 full terms later, Rep. Young is now Congress’ fifth longest-serving member.
Next week, he will even take the title of the longest serving Alaskan Member of Congress from the late Senator Ted Stevens.
Rep. Young said during his time in office, Alaska’s greatest asset “has always been the people that call Alaska home.”
He said it was an honor to fight on behalf of Alaskans and had enjoyed representing ”the unique needs and aspects of a state like Alaska; large in geography, small in population, and far away from the halls of Congress.”