Juneau, AK (KINY) - An Alaskan is now the most senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Don Young (R-AK) is now the Dean of House and was named by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to serve on the conference committee responsible for producing final tax and ANWR legislation.
Alaskan U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) congratulated Young via a video press release on 45 years of service.
"To my fellow Alaskans, I wanted to highlight what an important day it is today for Congressman Don Young – the Congressman for all Alaska. You know he’s a great partner. Senator Murkowski and I work super closely with him. As a matter of fact, I was on the phone with him this morning already discussing strategy for our state and how to get big things done for our state. But what was announced today was two things – the Speaker of the House announced that Congressman Young is going to be on the Conference Committee for the tax reform bill that we passed in the Senate last week. As many Alaskans, most Alaskans know, that also has a provision to open the coastal plain of ANWR – something we've been trying to do for over 40 years. I know Don Young is going to protect that provision in the Senate and make sure the Conference report has a strong ANWR provision. He was also named, and became today, the Dean of the House – the longest serving member of the House. 45 years representing Alaska and serving our great nation. So to Congressman Young, great job! We know you’re doing such outstanding work for our state and our country. Here’s to more great success."