Don Young was an American politician and educator who served as the U.S. representative for Alaska’s at-large congressional district from 1973 until his death.
He was the Republican Party’s longest-serving member of the House of Representatives and of Congress in history, having represented Alaska for 49 years.
Young was the longest-serving member of Congress, as well as the last remaining member who had been in office since the Nixon Administration; he became the 45th dean of the House of Representatives on December 5, 2017, after John Conyers resigned.
Before the special election following U.S. Representative Nick Begich’s presumed death in a plane crash, Young was mayor of Fort Yukon from 1964 to 1967 and a member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 1967 to 1971 and the Alaska Senate from 1971 to 1973.
Don Young First Wife: Meet Don Young First Wife Lula Young
Lula Young was a frequent visitor to Don Young’s congressional office, often serving refreshments to visitors as they wait to meet with the Alaska legislator.
Don Young’s close relationship with his wife is well known at home and in Alaska. When she suffered a stroke in 2003, there were rumours that he might retire.
Lula Young Cause Of Death
Lula Young died of natural causes at the age of 67. She died at the couple’s home in Grand Rapids, Virginia, according to a release from Don Young’s office.
Lula Young is survived by two daughters and 14 grandchildren. Her husband, Don Young served 25 terms in the House and Congress, making him the longest-serving Republican in history.