Rep. Bill Young, longest serving GOP member, dead at 82

A champion of US veterans' issues in the Congress, Rep. Bill Young of Florida died at Walter Reed hospital yesterday. He was 82. Young was the longest serving Republican in Congress, having been elected to 21 terms. His service spanned the terms of 8 presidents. He is being remembered as a big supporter of active duty and retired soldiers, as well as a legislator who brought home billions in defese contracts for this Tampa area constituency. Associated Press: His chief of staff, Harry Glenn, said in an email that Young died at 6:50 p.m. at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he had been for nearly two weeks with back problems that stemmed from a 1970 small plane crash. The email included a statement from Young's family, saying relatives were with Young when he died from complications related to a chronic injury. The congressman was a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee, where he focused on military spending. He and his wife frequently...(Read Full Post)