|U.S. House, Alabama, District 1|
|Bachelor's||University of Southern Mississippi, 1985|
|Birthday||July 8, 1964|
Young was raised in rural Mississippi. After dropping out of high school at age 16, he graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi at age 20. He is a businessman whose ventures include real estate, property rental and marketing. He currently owns and operates four companies. He previously served as an Orange Beach Planning and Zoning Commissioner. Young also worked an an aide to former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. 
Gay marriage pledge
A feud within the Alabama Republican Party over gay marriage spilled over into the 1st District special election, where Young issued a challenge to his opponents to sign a pledge saying that, if elected to Congress, they will take active steps to oppose gay marriage. The pledge also supports a proposed change to the state's Republican Party’s bylaws that would expel any member of the party’s steering committee who takes a public position in favor of gay marriage – or any other position counter to the party platform.
Young has described gay marriage as “a corruption which seeks to destroy the concept of the family.”
The proposal has opened a generational rift within the party, with younger members opposing the change as divisive and unpopular with voters.
Young distributed of the pledge] to his opponents on August 21, 2013. He also reportedly said candidates who support “homosexuals pretending like they’re married” should join the Democratic Party.
“I applaud our party’s leadership because the moral fabric of our society is torn and we must stand united” said Young. “We have a President and a liberal Supreme Court that is turning our country upside down. As people of faith in Alabama we must be leaders. We must be united against those who wish to destroy our moral foundation. There is only one marriage; a divine unity between a man and a woman ordained by God in holy matrimony.”
Young was a vocal critic of incumbent Jo Bonner's votes for both the TARP financial bail out package and the U.S. debt limit increase. He says, "We've given Jo Bonner 9 years to fix the problem, and the truth is, he has become part of the problem. You don't bail out companies with other people's money."  Young was endorsed by conservative website RedState, which called Young, "the only challenger who has spent some money and has gained any traction." RedState also said, “Although Young has no record as an elected official, he has successfully fought against tax increases on a local level and will clearly be more conservative than Bonner."  Young advocates for a 25% congressional pay cut until Congress passes a balanced budget. 
In September 2011, Young sent a letter to the United States House of Representatives Committee on Ethics requesting that committee chairman Jo Bonner recuse himself from any oversight of his personal financial disclosure statement. Young made the request due to allegations that Bonner improperly received investigative information from the committee’s probes of two lawmakers. The alleged secret communication concerned the investigations of Charles B. Rangel and Maxine Waters. The committee’s former staff director accused two committee attorneys of improperly sharing investigative information with Republicans on the panel, including Bonner. 
Campaign for Primary Accountability
Impeachment of President Obama
Young and one of his 2012 opponents Pete Riehm, speaking at a Tea-Party sponsored event in early 2012, said they would support the introduction of an article of impeachment against President Barack Obama. Young indicated he would put President Obama "on notice" prior to attempting impeachment. "First, I would cut off his funding. If that didn’t work, I would introduce a resolution describing what he’s done wrong. The last resort, which I am willing to take, would be to impeach him. We simply cannot allow him to continue to operate the way he has," Young said. Riehm cited violations of the U.S. Constitution and added, "failure to recognize wrong-doing is moral dereliction and, when you have the authority, failure to uphold the law is accessory to the crime." Incumbent Jo Bonner and candidate Peter Gounares said they did not support pursuing impeachment.
Young's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Jobs & Economy
- Excerpt: "Encourage business growth by cutting taxes and regulations."
- Faith & Family
- Excerpt: "100% Pro-Life, and will fight for the rights of the unborn."
- Taxes & Regulations
- Excerpt: "Provide tax relief for individuals. Your tax burden is too heavy."
- Out of Control Government
- Excerpt: "Fight to repeal ObamaCare."
- Constitution & The Bill of Rights
- Excerpt: "Support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America."
- National Defense & Border Security
- Excerpt: "Protect our Nation by supporting a strong national defense."
Young is running for the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Alabama. The election is being held to replace Jo Bonner, who announced his resignation on May 23, 2013, in order to take a position as vice chancellor of government and economic development at the University of Alabama.
|U.S. House, Alabama District 1 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Jo Bonner Incumbent||55.6%||48,481|
In 2010, Dean ran for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama. He dropped out of the race after then-Treasurer Kay Ivey switched from the governor's race to the lieutenant governor's race, saying "I don't see the reason for two people that are fiscal conservatives to have a big battle when the real battle should be against the Democrats this fall." 
Young has been married to his wife, Jan, for 26 years. The couple has three children.
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- blog.al.com, "Republican Dean Young to run for AL-01 congressional seat," May 29, 2013
- Press Register "Conservative Orange Beach businessman Dean Young to challenge Jo Bonner in GOP primary" Accessed December 31, 2011
- AL.com, "Gay marriage feud erupts in AL-01 congressional race," accessed August 22, 2013
- Al.com "Presidential candidates stump on Gulf Coast; latest endorsements and more (Political Skinny)," March 12, 2012
- Campaign website, Issues
- Al.com "Dean Young chides Rep. Jo Bonner over Ethics Committee controversy," September 14, 2011
- Talking Points Memo "Only In Washington: Ethics Questions Follow Ethics Chairman," September 22, 2011
- New York Times "Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Fuels Primary Fights in Deep South," March 12, 2012
- Alabama Press-Register "Alabama candidates vow: 'Impeach Obama' (George Talbot column)" February 1, 2012
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- Al.com "Dean Young of Gulf Shores drops out of lieutenant governor's race," April 2, 2010
- Al.com "Dean Young, former Roy Moore aide from Orange Beach, runs for lieutenant governor, AP reports," January 26, 2010
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