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}}{{tnr}}'''Don Young''' (b. June 9, 1933) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Alaska's at-large congressional district]].  Young was first elected to the House in 1973.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Don Young''' (b. June 9, 1933 in Meridian, California) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Alaska's at-large congressional district]].  Young was first elected to the House in 1973.  
  
 
Young most recently won re-election to the U.S. House on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Alaska ''ABC News,'' "2012 General Election Results Alaska," accessed November 7, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.ktuu.com/news/rep-don-young-files-to-run-for-21st-term-022212,0,219666.story ''ktuu.com,'' "Rep. Don Young Files to Run for 21st Term," February 22, 2012]</ref>  He defeated [[John R. Cox]] and [[Terre Gales]] in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary.  He then defeated [[Sharon Cissna]] (D), [[Jim McDermott (Alaska)|Jim McDermott]] (L) and [[Ted Gianoutsos]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
 
Young most recently won re-election to the U.S. House on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Alaska ''ABC News,'' "2012 General Election Results Alaska," accessed November 7, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.ktuu.com/news/rep-don-young-files-to-run-for-21st-term-022212,0,219666.story ''ktuu.com,'' "Rep. Don Young Files to Run for 21st Term," February 22, 2012]</ref>  He defeated [[John R. Cox]] and [[Terre Gales]] in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary.  He then defeated [[Sharon Cissna]] (D), [[Jim McDermott (Alaska)|Jim McDermott]] (L) and [[Ted Gianoutsos]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

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Don Young
Don Young.jpg
U.S. House, Alaska
Incumbent
In office
1973-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 41
PartyRepublican
PredecessorNick Begich (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMarch 6, 1973
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Alaska State Senate
1970-1973
Alaska House of Representatives
1966-1970
Mayor, Fort Yukon
1964-1966
Education
Bachelor'sChico State University, 1958
Associate'sYuba Junior College, 1952
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1955-1957
Personal
BirthdayJune 9, 1933
Place of birthMeridian, California
ProfessionTeacher, Riverboat Captain, Politician
Net worth$872,504
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Don Young (b. June 9, 1933 in Meridian, California) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Alaska's at-large congressional district. Young was first elected to the House in 1973.

Young most recently won re-election to the U.S. House on November 6, 2012.[1][2] He defeated John R. Cox and Terre Gales in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated Sharon Cissna (D), Jim McDermott (L) and Ted Gianoutsos (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Young began his political career by serving as Mayor of Fort Yukon, Alaska, from 1960 to 1968. He also served in the [[Alaska House of Representatives from 1966 to 1970. Young then won election to the Alaska State Senate in 1970. He remained a state senator until his election to the U.S. House in 1972.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Young is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Young was born in Meridian, California. He earned his A.A. from Yuba Junior College in 1952 and his B.A. from California State University in 1958.[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Young's academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Young serves on the following committees:[5][6]

  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, Chair
    • Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
    • Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

2011-2012

Young served on the following committees:[7]

  • Natural Resources Committee
    • Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, Chair
    • Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

Issues

Campaign Finance Investigation

On March 19, 2013, the House Ethics Committee appointed an investigative panel to examine charges of misuse of campaign funds that were brought against Young by a former campaign aide. These charges alleged that he had spent money intended for campaigns on hunting trips and charter flights in Alaska. Other charges that are being investigated by the panel include assertions that he took hunting trips between 2001 and 2007 that were funded by an anonymous third party, and which were not properly disclosed under House financial disclosure rules. A spokesman for young stated that he, “has cooperated with the committee and will continue to do so.” [8] The chair selected for the panel was Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan. The other members of the panel are Texas Republican Rep. William “Mac” Thornberry and Massachusetts Democratic Reps. Michael Capuano and William Keating.[9]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Young voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]

Elections

2012

See also: Alaska's at-large congressional district elections, 2012

Young won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Alaska's at-large District. He defeated John R. Cox and Terre Gales in the August 28, 2012, Republican primary. He then defeated Sharon Cissna (D), Jim McDermott (L) and Ted Gianoutsos (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12][13]

U.S. House, Alaska At-Large General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Young 63.9% 185,296
     Democratic Sharon M. Cissna 28.6% 82,927
     Libertarian Jim C. McDermott 5.2% 15,028
     NA Ted Gianoutsos 1.9% 5,589
Total Votes 289,804
Source: Alaska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Alaska at-large District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDon Young Incumbent 78.6% 58,789
John Cox 14.9% 11,179
Terre Gales 6.5% 4,841
Total Votes 74,809

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Young is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Young raised a total of $11,373,239 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[34]

Don Young's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Alaska, At-large district) Won $1,003,531
2010 US House (Alaska, At-large district) Won $1,001,015
2008 US House (Alaska, At-large district) Won $1,407,578
2006 US House (Alaska, At-large district) Won $1,919,782
2004 US House (Alaska, At-large district) Won $2,482,929
2002 US House (Alaska, At-large district) Won $2,260,826
2000 US House (Alaska, At-large district) Won $1,297,578
Grand Total Raised $11,373,239

2012

Breakdown of the source of Young's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Young won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Young's campaign committee raised a total of $1,003,531 and spent $665,974.[35]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Young's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Young won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Young's campaign committee raised a total of $1,001,015 and spent $887,310.[36]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Young is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[37]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Young missed 3,631 of 23,856 roll call votes from March 1973 to March 2013. This amounts to 15.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[38]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Young paid his congressional staff a total of $1,104,360 in 2011. He ranked 231st on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 62nd overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Alaska ranked 1st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[39]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Young was one of nearly 25 percent of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Young's staff was given an apparent $1,022.22 in bonus money.[40]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Young's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $495,008 and $1,250,000. That averages to $872,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 3.87% from 2010.[41]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Young's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $480,007 and $1,200,000. That averages to $840,003.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[42]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Young ranked 222nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[43]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Young ranked 200th in the conservative rankings.[44]

Voting with party

2013

Don Young voted with the Republican Party 97.5% of the time, which ranked 92nd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[45]

Personal

Young is a widower and has two children.

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results Alaska," accessed November 7, 2012
  2. ktuu.com, "Rep. Don Young Files to Run for 21st Term," February 22, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "YOUNG, Donald Edwin, (1933 - )"
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Donald Edwin Young," Accessed October 30, 2011
  5. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  6. MarineLog, "Schuster to Chair House T&I Committee," January 4, 2013
  7. Don Young, Congressman for All Alaska "Biography"
  8. NYTimes.com "House Ethics Panel Finds Cause to Investigate 2 Lawmakers" March 19, 2013
  9. Mcclatchydc.com "Ethics Committee investigating Rep. Don Young of Alaska" March 20, 2013
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results Alaska," accessed November 7, 2012
  12. Alaska Secretary of State, Primary candidate list
  13. Associated Press primary results
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1980," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1978," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1976," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1974," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 1972," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Don Young," Accessed March 22, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Don Young 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "Don Young 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 30, 2011
  37. Gov Track "Don Young," Accessed June 7 2013
  38. GovTrack, "Don Young," Accessed April 2, 2013
  39. LegiStorm "Don Young"
  40. CNN Politics, "Congressional bonuses in a time of cuts," accessed March 8, 2013
  41. OpenSecrets.org, "Young, (R-Alaska), 2011"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Young, (R-Alaska), 2010"
  43. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  44. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  45. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Nick Begich
U.S. House of Representatives - Alaska, At-large
1973-Present
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Alaska State Senate
1970-1973
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Alaska House of Representatives
1966-1970
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Mayor, Fort Yukon
1964-1966
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