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and members of congress that were completely confident, 100% about politics, and were not noticeably different than a letter a man would write. announcer: on thursday, nancy pelosi and other members spoke on the floor, to pay tribute representative don young of alaska. now, the longest serving republican in-house history. he has served for 45 years. .his week, he asked the record in this is 20 minutes. without objection, the gentlewoman from california is recognized. the speaker: mr. speaker, i rise to mark an historic moment in our institution as don young, the dean of the house, becomes the longest serving republican in the house's history.
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is he -- is that a blushing don young that we see behind the beard there? on behalf of the entire house, mr. speaker, i congratulate congressman young on this honor and on your 46 years of proud service on behalf of the people of alaska. don young has served alongside, from alaska, six senators, and 11 governors of his proud state. eight presidents signing his bills into law, proudly cover the walls of his rayburn office.
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despite -- he is -- despite the length of time, every single day he serves here, it is clear that don is passionate about his patriotism and about working in this institution to make a difference for america. as he set said becoming dean -- remember, we celebrated his becoming dean not too long ago -- he said, i love this body, i believe in this body, my heart is in the house. just over two months ago, dean honored one of the special traditions of our institution when he, as dean, administered the oath of office to me, a woman speaker of the house. that oath began, i will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic. as don's name becomes further
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etched in the history of this house, his caucus and this congress, we will look to him for leadership to protect our constitution, to defend our institution, and to drive progress for the american people. just so you know, my colleagues, in becoming the longest serving republican of the house, don surpasses the record held by the legendary former speaker of the house, joseph ken. he once observed that the house is -- this is a quote -- the house is the most peculiar assembleage in the world and only a man who has had long experience there can fully know its idiosyncrasies. it's true we engage in fierce combat. we're often intense partisans. sometimes we are unfair, yet, i venture to say that nowhere else will you find such a ready
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appreciation of merit and character. joseph cannon now surpassed by don young as the longest serving republican in the congress. don, thank you for being a leader of merit and character. congratulations to you and your entire family on this milestone. ongratulations, don. i please yield to the distinguished minority leader. i yield to the distinguished republican leader of the house, mr. mccarthy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mccarthy: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the speaker for yielding. i, too, rise to congratulate
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representative don young, the dean of the house who, today, as stated, becomes the longest serving republican in the history of congress. as the speaker noted, surpassed joe cannon. don young doesn't quote joe cannon but he reminds me, they named a building after him. now, like me, don was born in california. and he got to know alaska the y many of us, he read jack london's "the call of the wild," and he moved there right when it became a state. as of today, don has represented alaska for 46 years. over 75% of the entire time it's been a state. his career is an important reminder of how young this wonderful experience we call america truly is. they lied to me during freshman orientation. they told me nobody has an
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assigned seat in this house. that's how i got to know don young. i made the mistake of coming in and sitting down right over by that door. i also learned another valuable lesson. don keeps a knife. now, don has been a very effective member. he's been chair of resources, chair of transportation. he's worked with nine presidents, nine speakers. he has numerous bills on his wall in between all the animals. but don was prepared for this job. you see, when he was in alaska, he was a riverboat captain. he was a mayor, but he told me the job to prepare him the most to become a member of congress, he taught the fifth grade. i don't know what type of --
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how well a teacher you were but i imagine it was good. but don has been a mentor to many of us. you see, yeah, you can watch him how he carries himself. in conference how he carries himself on the floor, but the part he can mentor all of us, the love and respect that he always had for his spouse. lulu was always next to him and ann is there now. he's been a member of congress, but he's been a father, he's been a very, very great husband. mr. speaker, we all travel far and wide to be here to represent our constituents, but no one travels further, no one has the challenge to match don. there's times the weather requires he takes a dogsled and it's no joking man. that's his dedication. don also makes sure this institution stays running on time. i noticed that last vote went a little long. i do like to monitor the
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difference when we're in the minority. on average the votes lasted five to 10 minutes less when we were in the majority. not by anything i did, but by the calls of don young. but on a serious note, madam speaker, i always heard if you find a job you love, you will not work a day in your life. and it's clear that don young loves what he does. because he loves this institution and he loves the people's house. so to don, we say congratulations on this incredible accomplishment. something nobody probably sitting here today will ever be able to achieve. but you did it for your passion, you did it for the love, but more importantly, you did it for your country. i thank you.
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i yield back to the speaker. the speaker: as usual, the distinguished dean is eager to take to the microphone but not yet. more to come. when the distinguished republican leader of the house referenced the animals in your office, the manifestations, i was reminded of one of your ties i shared the stories with members on the day you became the dean of the house, now the longest serving republican today. but i saw you with a tie that really gave me hope because it was an owl and an eagle and a baby seal on it and i said, oh, mr. chairman, i'm so happy to see you paying tribute to these endangered species to which you said, i call this tie lunch.
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i knew you were only kidding, right? in any event, we all had our stories. the chairman, we all respect and admire him. i yield now to the distinguished democratic leader hoyer, to e, mr. comment on the distinguished dean, longest serving republican in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank hoyer, to comment the gentleman. i thank the leader for the -- the speaker for yielding. i rise to congratulate don young who the majority leader and the speaker have both indicated loves this house. the majority leader then added apparently you haven't worked a day in your life. at least that's how i interpreted it, don. liberal interpretation. you know, this side of the isle, what can i tell you?
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we just lost the longest serving member of the house i a few weeks ago, and as sat here i thought what a resemblance there is between the longest serving democrat of the house and the longest serving republican of the house. eracible comes to mind. caring about this institution comes to mind. faithful to principle comes to mind. blunt. speaks truth. not only to power but to everybody else as well. don young has made a difference . don young comes from alaska, as all of us know, although the speaker and the majority --
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minority leader recognized that he came from california. don, you made a difference. and particularly for your state. as chairman of the natural resources, you were focused like a laser on making sure that your state was treated fairly. i know there are still some things you didn't accomplish that you would have like to accomplish and you have much time left to do that, but the fact is, all of us have benefited, i think, from your honesty, your recognition of how the house ought to work, and, yes, your regular order. which you demanded and didn't always get. and, of course, you took that with just very low-key response, as i recall, walking by your seat from time to time. but don young is an institution. don young is an
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institutionalist. don young is the kind of member that makes this house over the decades work as constructively as it can. not as constructively as it should, and hopefully we will follow don young and john dingell's example, because both them are lions of partisanship but also both of them were not only willing but thought it appropriate to work across the aisle to reach objectives that they could hold in common. so, don, i rise to say thank you. thank you for your service. you and i have served together for 37 years. . between us we have a little bit of time on us. and i look forward to serving with you for some years to come. god bless, you godspeed. thank you very much.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california. the speaker: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield to the distinguished republican whip of the house, mr. scalise. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. scalise: i thank the speaker for yielding. really a special moment for all of us to pay tribute to don young for this great achievement, being the longest serving republican in the house, especially for someone who loves this institution so much. as we talked about john dingell and had the honor of serving with john dingell in the house energy and commerce committee and seeing his passion, not just for the issues he believes in in fighting for the auto industry and so many other issues, but for his love of the people's house. and don young has that same love. anybody that knows don young knows that his secrets to longevity are always speaking his mind, fighting every day to be a champion for the great
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people of alaska, and always speaking his mind. on a somber note, don started his career out of a tragedy. a lot of you remember back in october of 1972 there was a plane crash in alaska. and begich and boggs who at the time was the majority leader went down in a plane crash. and there was a massive search to try to find the plane. they never did find that plane. but ultimately when he they finally recognized that we had lost two great leaders, they had special elections. and i get to serve and actual-l work every day in the office that hail boggs once worked in. same office that the majority leader hoyer worked in as well. and i think about hale a lot. i know as we think about
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nichlas begism as well. don was elected in a special election. that's when he came to congress. somebody else came to congress, hale boggs' wife, lynndie boggs, who some of you may have served with. and probably two very different personalities. but they formed a special bond because of the unique nature in which they came to congress. he shared with me some of those stories. it just shows you how sometimes our differences can ultimately bring us together to at least pay tribute not only to an institution but respect our backgrounds and how we all come from here different walks of life. ultimately it's our desire to serve the people that we represent. that's the thing i love the most about serving with don young is that he has such a passion and he fights for his beliefs. and he works with other people. we all know that for 37 years one of his great causes was to open up anwr.
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and finally when we were on the white house lawn in december of 2017 to have that ceremony and watch don young giddy as a school child as the president was making that announcement, and then to see him still this day and every day come to work with the passion of representing the great people of alaska and continuing to work with all of us on all of the different issues that we come here to address. as we celebrate this great achievement, i think as we all know he comes and sits in that same spot, and he yells order, and he yells a few other things, and pushes us all to do our job in a much more efficient way, how fitting is it that the states, the united states states' largest state has such a larger than life personality as its representative. congratulation, don. it's an honor to serve with you. i yield back to the speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from california. the speaker: mr. speaker, it is clear from listening to the comments of the bipartisan leadership of the house of representatives that as speaker i can say on behalf of the entire house of representatives thank you, don young, and congratulations. i yield the floor to the distinguished longest serving probable in history in the congress, don young. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alaska is recognized. mr. young: thank you, madam speaker. and thanks for the kind words and republican leaders and kind words. all my colleagues. it was mentioned that i love this institution and i do. this is a great united states of america. and we're representative of our districts. and one thing i learned during my 46 years that each one of you represent your people. and i respect it. i may not agree with some of the things you stand for, but i respect the ability you were elected by your people. hi the privilege of traveling a lot, and still do, into
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members' districts. not to campaign against them. but to find out why and how they are elected and what they stand for in that community. this democracy, this house is the people's house. and i have to sort of confess to one thing that was alluded to by kevin, the fact that i was a school teacher and prepared me for this job as a fifth grade teacher. there is some truth in that because i have to tell you i have timed it as a teacher the average attention span of a fifth grader is seven minutes. an average attention span of most congressmen, about 4 1/2. because because you are so busy trying to o do everything you can can. are you so busy representing your people. john dingell was mentioned, debbie, god bless you for him, he was mentioned. he was one of my dear friends. everybody says that, but he he was a dear friend because i met him in 1964 in my hometown of fort yukon. he was on the fish and wildlife
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committee. he was a nine-year congressman. i met with him, talked to him about an issue i was interested in. and of course when i got elected, he came to me, i went to see him. we had one thing in common, we loved to hunt. we hunted on weengds because we stayed here. we fished on weekends. and we became dear friends. as the strongest thankfully congressman i served with. we had one thing in common, he respected my beliefs and i respected his. and i'd say john, this is the right thing to do. and he would do it it. i think a lot of us here today have to learn that and quit watching the media. that person that represents that district listen to what they have to say and support them. that makes this house work. a lot better, frankly, than it is right now. and this is nothing new. but we have to do this for this country to retain the control of the congress to run this nation. if not, we will lose our democracy. so i want to thank all of you
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in this room for recognizing my tenure. i want to especially thank my ife, ann, up in the stand. i have within trying -- i have been trying to get the state of alaska to pay her. when i lost my dear lu, i thought i would day. she came and supported me and cherishes me and makes me want to work every day to serve the great state of alaska. thank you-all. god bless you. god bless, america. thank you, madam speaker. announcer: c-span's washington journal, live every day with
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