Longest Serving House Republican Announces Retirement

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.

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  1. Gridlock is a significant concern for this Congress. I hope that other current members of Congress from both parties follow his example or at least act on his desire to accomplish something that contributes to the public good.