By: Gina Luke, assistant director, Governmental Relations Division
Incessant political gridlock played a role in U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s (R-Fla.) decision Oct. 9 not to seek reelection in 2014. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1971, Rep. Young is the longest-serving Republican member of Congress.
He is currently a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, where he served as the chair from 1999-2005. He is the current chair of the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and a member of the Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee.