National Fisheries Institute Statement on the passing of Representative Don Young
WASHINGTON, DC – March 19, 2022— Congressman Don Young was a champion of Alaska fisheries. A co-author, stalwart supporter, and defender of the Magnuson Stevens Act—his commitment to fisheries management was acclaimed far from just the bountiful waters of the state he represented.
His long history of legislative work was appreciated by his constituents and colleagues. After 49 years in office, as the longest serving Representative, he was the Dean of the House.
His delivery and dialogue were often called colorful, but his passion and commitment were never questioned. His dedication to Alaska and the men and women who work its waters, as well as his willingness to get even the difficult things done will be missed.