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Rep. Bill Young, Longest-Serving House Republican, Dies At 82

The Tampa Bay Republican had served 43 years in Congress. He “was a man who had seen it all and accomplished much.”

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U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young during a campaign rally for Mitt Romney in Oct. 2012.

Florida Congressman Bill Young, the longest-serving Republican in the House of Representatives, died Friday in Bethesda, Md. He was 82.

Young, a Republican from Tampa Bay, passed away at 6:50 p.m. from complications related to a chronic injury, his chief of staff said in a statement. He had been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center for the last few weeks following a back injury stemming from a 1970 small plane crash.

An ardent supporter of the military, Young was a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee, where he focused on defense spending. He and his wife frequently visited ailing service members at hospitals in the Washington area, the Associated Press reported.

“[Young] was a man who had seen it all and accomplished much,” House Speaker John Boehner said. “Looking out for our men and women in uniform was his life’s work, and no one was better at it. No one was kinder too.”

Most recently, Young opposed GOP leadership over the government shutdown and said he supported a budget bill funding President Obama’s health care law.

“He will be remembered for his advocacy and support for the armed forces, service members, and their families as well as his statesmanship and long history of working across the aisle to keep our country moving forward,” President Obama said in a statement.

Young’s death came hours after former House Speaker Tom Foley, a Democrat, died of complications from a stroke at the age of 84.

Young announced last week, from his hospital bed, that he would not seek reelection in 2014. A special election will be held to finish his term, offering Democrats a chance to win Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

3. Young’s family was by his side when he passed away Friday, his chief of staff said.

Young Family via AP

Rep. C.W. Bill Young with his family at Walter Reed Military Medical Center on Oct. 16.

4. Members of Congress expressed their condolences on Twitter.


Speaker John Boehner

@SpeakerBoehner

The House has lost another dear friend http://t.co/qjpZD5kb7i We’ll miss Bill Young, as will countless others blessed by his life & service

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Bill Young dedicated his life to serving the people of Florida, and his loss is a great one for his constituents. http://t.co/6Fcuji2FTX

— GOPLeader (@Eric Cantor)

Eric Cantor

@GOPLeader

Bill Young dedicated his life to serving the people of Florida, and his loss is a great one for his constituents. http://t.co/6Fcuji2FTX

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Congressman #Bill Young, an institution in the House, a statesman, a positive thinker, public servant, and consummate gentleman. RIP Bill.

— SteveKingIA (@Steve King)

Steve King

@SteveKingIA

Congressman #Bill Young, an institution in the House, a statesman, a positive thinker, public servant, and consummate gentleman. RIP Bill.

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Bill Young was a mentor. He was an inspiration to so many bc he personified the most important virtue of public service-he did it for others

— VernBuchanan (@Rep. Vern Buchanan)

Rep. Vern Buchanan

@VernBuchanan

Bill Young was a mentor. He was an inspiration to so many bc he personified the most important virtue of public service-he did it for others

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RIP to my colleague Rep. Bill Young. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Floridians he represented in Congress for decades.

— RepDanKildee (@Rep. Dan Kildee)

Rep. Dan Kildee

@RepDanKildee

RIP to my colleague Rep. Bill Young. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Floridians he represented in Congress for decades.

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Sad to hear of Rep. Young's passing. My thoughts are prayers are with his family.

— DrPhilRoe (@Dr. Phil Roe)

Dr. Phil Roe

@DrPhilRoe

Sad to hear of Rep. Young’s passing. My thoughts are prayers are with his family.

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Saddened to hear of passing of my friend and colleague, Bill Young. He will be deeply missed http://t.co/LnxmkwClAV

— RosLehtinen (@Ileana Ros-Lehtinen)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

@RosLehtinen

Saddened to hear of passing of my friend and colleague, Bill Young. He will be deeply missed http://t.co/LnxmkwClAV

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Heidi and I are very saddened to hear of the passing of Rep. Bill Young. Our thoughts are prayers are with his family.

— RepLanceNJ7 (@Rep. Leonard Lance)

Rep. Leonard Lance

@RepLanceNJ7

Heidi and I are very saddened to hear of the passing of Rep. Bill Young. Our thoughts are prayers are with his family.

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My thoughts and prayers are with family of Rep. Bill Young of Florida, a colleague, patriot, and dear friend. He will be missed greatly.

— JacksonLeeTX18 (@Sheila Jackson Lee)

Sheila Jackson Lee

@JacksonLeeTX18

My thoughts and prayers are with family of Rep. Bill Young of Florida, a colleague, patriot, and dear friend. He will be missed greatly.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to Congressman Bill Young's family. He was a good man and true statesman.

— RepGosar (@Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS)

Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS

@RepGosar

My thoughts and prayers go out to Congressman Bill Young’s family. He was a good man and true statesman.

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