A fierce advocate for Alaska and Alaska Native people
Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) is remembering Congressman Don Young as a partner of the region and tireless advocate for all of Alaska. ASRC President & CEO, Rex A. Rock, Sr. stated, “We remember and honor Congressman Young for his years of service to the people of our state, and we thank his family for the sacrifices they made for over five decades while he worked on behalf of all Alaskans.”
ASRC former Chairman and longtime family friend Oliver Leavitt shared, “He was loved by many people on the North Slope, and he loved the people of the North Slope. Congressman Young was a man who knew what it meant to work together; his bi-partisan nature was truly a gift to Alaska. His hard work on behalf of Alaska will be felt for generations to come. I will miss my friend, we mourn with his wife, Anne, and with the entire Young family.”
ASRC Chairman, Crawford Patkotak, said, “Alaska and the country lost a great leader today. Congressman Young was not only a friend to the people of the North Slope, but he was also a fierce advocate for Alaska Native rights. We were blessed to have him represent the people of our great state. We pray for and extend our sincerest condolences to the family of Congressman Young.”
Congressman Young was the Dean of the House and the longest-serving member of the current Congress. He served as Alaska’s lone Congressman for twenty-five terms, often referred to as the Congressman for all Alaska. He was married to Lu Young for 46 years before her passing in 2009.