March 19, 2022

Chair DeFazio Mourns the Passing of Rep. Don Young

Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement on the passing of Rep. Don Young (R-AK):

“Don was a force of nature—an historic and unique figure in a body of standouts. Early on we fought bitterly over environmental issues and wolf slaughter in Alaska. Although we stood opposed on many policy matters, we were friends. His service as Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was impactful, capped by the passage of the SAFETEA-LU, surface transportation reauthorization named for his beloved late wife. It was a strong bipartisan bill, with good policy and needed investment in infrastructure. In later years as his party moved to the extreme right fringes, Don stayed true to his values. My thoughts are with Don’s wife and family, and all Alaskans who called him their representative for 25 terms.”