Don (Don) Young (R-00)

US Representative Don Young

Don (Don) Young (R-00)
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Capitol: 202.225.5765
FAX: 202.225.0425
District: 907.456.0210
Room 2314 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0201
100 Cushman Street
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Residence:Fort Yukon, AK

Committee Assignments

Co-ChairHouse Afterschool Caucus
Co-ChairHouse Oceans Caucus
Co-ChairBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
Co-ChairMongolia Caucus
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Co-ChairTuberculosis Elimination Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hepatitis Caucus
Co-ChairJoint Congressional Arctic Working Group
Co-ChairCongressional Pacific Islands Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Slovenian-American Caucus
Co-ChairAmerica's Languages Caucus
Co-ChairCannabis Caucus
Co-ChairVeterans Congressional Fellowship Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus on Wild Salmon
Ranking MemberHouse Committee on Natural Resources
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Aviation
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife
Co-ChairCongressional Hazards Caucus
Co-Vice ChairCongressional Native American Caucus
Co-ChairUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Cut Flower Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Burn Pits Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ski and Snowboard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pre-K Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Deaf Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberAir Cargo Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shellfish Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Range and Testing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missile Defense Caucus
Vice ChairCongressional Western Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberLaw Enforcement Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Long Range Strike
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberRoosevelt Conservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ports Opportunity, Renewal, Trade, and Security [P.O.R.T.S.] Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Unmanned Systems (UAV)
FC MemberMilitary Veterans Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Military Families Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
FC MemberPaper and Packaging Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)
FC MemberUSO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus


Congressman Don Young was re-elected to the 117th Congress in 2020 to serve his 25th term as Alaska's only Representative to the United States House of Representatives. First sworn in as a freshman to the 93rd Congress after winning a special election on March 6, 1973, Congressman Young is today the Dean of the House and the longest serving member of the current Congress. Congressman Young served as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee from 1995 to 2001 and then as the Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2001-2007. In the 110th Congress, Representative Young returned to the helm of the Resources Committee to lead his fellow Republicans as the Ranking Member. In the 112th Congress, he was chosen to serve as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (IIANA) - a position he held until January 2017. After fulfilling a successful 6-year term as Chairman of the IIANA Subcommittee, Congressman Young was named Chairman Emeritus of the full House Committee on Natural Resources - a role that allows him to bring his years of experience and knowledge to all five of the panel's Subcommittees. Today, Congressman Young currently serves as the most senior Republican on both the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and House Natural Resources Committee. Congressman Young calls Fort Yukon, Alaska home; a remote village of approximately 700 people located 7 miles above the Arctic Circle in Alaska's central interior region. Born on June 9, 1933 in Meridian, California, he earned his associate degree at Yuba Junior College in 1952, and his bachelor's degree in teaching at Chico State College in 1958. Between earning these degrees, he served in the US Army's 41st Tank Battalion from 1955 to 1957. When he first moved to Alaska, Congressman Young made a living in construction and tried his hand at commercial fishing, trapping, and in the search for gold. In Fort Yukon he taught in a 25-student, 5th grade elementary class in the Bureau of Indian Affairs school. Constructed of logs, the school had a wood stove that kept his Alaska Native students warm in the sub-freezing, arctic winter. With the annual spring break-up of the river ice, he captained his own tug and barge operation to deliver products and supplies to villages along the Yukon River. Even today, he remains the only licensed mariner in Congress. It was in Fort Yukon that Rep. Young met and married a young bookkeeper named Lu. Lu was always at the Congressman's side and supported him throughout his public service career. Lu and Don were married for 46 years. They were blessed with and raised two daughters, Joni and Dawn, and 14 grandchildren. Mrs. Young passed away on August 2, 2009. Although Congressman Young never imagined finding love again, on June 9, 2015 he married Anne Garland Walton, a Fairbanks-area flight nurse and proud mother of two children and six grandchildren. Congressman Young first entered public service in 1964 when he was elected Mayor of Fort Yukon. Two years later, Alaskan voters elected him to the State Legislature in Juneau where he served in the State House from 1966 to 1970, and later in the State Senate from 1970 to 1973. Just hours after being sworn in to United States House of Representatives in 1973, he found himself leading the historic battle for approval of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline. Often citing this as the single most important achievement in his career, Congressman Young stated, "Next to statehood itself, the most historical legislation passed that affected every Alaskan then, now, and in the future, was the passage of the pipeline legislation." That same year, his colleagues honored him as the "Freshman Congressman of the Year." He went on to gain a key appointment on the then Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee where he pushed through the 200-mile fishing limit critical to Alaska's fishing industry. He fought against federal control of lands and resources to which Alaskans are rightfully entitled - a battle he continues today with the same vigor. In 1997, he passed by a 419 to 1 vote, the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act, which sets guidelines and priority uses within our nation's 550-plus wildlife refuges. Congressman Young proudly serves as the "Congressman for All Alaska" and loves his role as the only Alaskan Representative in Congress. Renewed by the challenges and goals of the 117th Congress and his committee positions, Congressman Young will continue to champion legislation and funding for programs benefiting Alaska and the nation. His vision remains the same - to provide citizens with the opportunity for a better life not just for today, but also for tomorrow and the future.

Election / Personal Info

First Elected: 1973    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Anne Garland Walton   DOB: 6/9/1933
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