JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's sole representative in the U.S. House now has another distinction: the longest-serving Republican in the chamber.
Don Young was first elected to Congress in 1973. He became the longest serving GOP member upon the death of Rep. Bill Young of Florida.
At age 80, Young shows no signs of slowing down. He plans to seek a 22nd term next year and says he can't imagine stepping aside unless his health fails.
Young also says he has yet to meet a challenger willing to commit at least 30 years to serving, which he sees as the time needed to build clout in the chamber of 435 members.
He said he lost a good friend with Bill Young's passing and considers it an honor to be the longest-serving GOP member.