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HCR 12: Commemorating Congressman Don Young's 30 years of service in the House of Representatives of the United States Congress.

00                    HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 12                                                                   
01 Commemorating Congressman Don Young's 30 years of service in the House of                                               
02 Representatives of the United States Congress.                                                                          
03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
04       WHEREAS Congressman Don Young was born in Meridian, California, on June 9,                                      
05 1933, and, after serving in the United States Army 41st Tank Battalion, he moved to Alaska in                           
06 1959; and                                                                                                               
07       WHEREAS he made his home in Fort Yukon, where he met his wife, Lu, with whom                                    
08 he has two daughters and nine grandchildren, and which continues to be the Young's primary                              
09 residence; and                                                                                                        
10       WHEREAS, in Fort Yukon, he served on the city council, as mayor, and was elected                                
11 to the State House of Representatives in 1966, and was later elected to the State Senate in                             
12 1970, where he served until he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in a                           
13 special election on March 5, 1973; and                                                                                  
14       WHEREAS, in 1973, his first year in the United States House of Representatives,                                 
15 Congressman Young successfully worked for legislation authorizing the Trans Alaska                                      
16 Pipeline, which led to the oil development in Prudhoe Bay; and                                                          
01       WHEREAS Congressman Young served as Chair of the Resources Committee of the                                     
02 United States House of Representatives for six years, a committee that has jurisdiction over                            
03 federal lands, fisheries, wildlife, energy and minerals, forests, and Native American issues;                           
04 and                                                                                                                     
05       WHEREAS, as Alaska's lone vote in the United States House of Representatives, his                               
06 leadership on key issues has twice led to passage of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge                                    
07 development legislation through the United States House; and                                                            
08       WHEREAS he has worked to improve the Magnuson Fishery Act, Alaska resource                                      
09 development, and funding for rural Alaska projects, and has been a vigilant protector of                                
10 Second Amendment Rights; and                                                                                            
11       WHEREAS Congressman Young is Alaska's only member in the 435-member United                                      
12 States House of Representatives and is currently the fourth highest ranking Republican in total                         
13 seniority and the ninth highest ranking member of the United States House of Representatives                            
14 in total seniority; and                                                                                                 
15       WHEREAS Congressman Young is currently serving in his 16th term in the United                                   
16 States House of Representatives and is currently serving in his third year as Chair of the                              
17 Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the United States House of Representatives,                              
18 poised to continue his strong record of accomplishment for all of Alaska;                                               
19       BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature expresses its sincere gratitude                                
20 to Congressman Don Young for his three decades of service to all the people of Alaska and to                            
21 his nation; and be it                                                                                                   
22       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature, on behalf of the people of                                  
23 Alaska, extends its best wishes to Congressman Don Young and his wife, Lu, as he continues                              
24 his service as "Congressman for all Alaska."