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Obit Don Young (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Here is a sample of the reactions after US Rep. Don Young of Alaska, the longest-serving Republican member of the House, died on Friday at the age of 88:

“Alaskans are devastated by this shocking and sad news and I am saddened beyond belief by the loss of my friend. We have lost a giant whom we love very much and who always had Alaska in his heart. Don was going back to the place he loved and the people who loved him most. We love you, Don.” — US Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

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“Some of my favorite stories like Republican Whip in the House are about Don Young. No one represented his state better or with more determination than Don Young represented Alaska.” —U.S. Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri.

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“Congressman Don Young has been a great friend and colleague of mine for many years. I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of this incredible man who, in many ways, made Alaska the great state it is today.” — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy.

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“As the longest-serving US Congressman and the Dean of the House, he was one of Alaska’s greatest champions. His tireless work for Alaska over the last 49 years has had a tremendous impact across generations.” — Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson.

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“Sad to hear the news of Don Young’s passing. Don was not only the Dean of the House, he was also a dear friend and a true Congressional legend. Don was a tireless fighter for Alaska who loved the outdoors, including his trips to Louisiana to fish. We will miss Don very much.” — Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Los Angeles

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“An absolutely heartbreaking loss for Congress, Alaska and the United States of America. As Dean, Don Young was an institution in the House of Representatives, loved and revered by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Almost every member of Congress has a unique story of their first interaction with Don Young. He was a tireless and outstanding advocate for the people of Alaska. He spent every day doing what he loved: providing his gigantic voice and his outsized leadership on behalf of Alaskans. He was friends with so many. He was proud to call him friend and colleague. The sudden passing of Don Young leaves a hole in our hearts and he is simply irreplaceable in the town house. Our deepest prayers and condolences go out to his loving family, friends, dedicated staff and constituents.” — Rep. Elise Stefanik, R.N.Y.

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“The first time we spoke, Don Young cheerfully informed me that I was the 17th secretary he had dealt with at DOT. Our policy was not the same, but it was always a pleasure working with him. A true character, he shaped the infrastructure of the US in many ways and he will be sorely missed.” — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg

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“It is sad to learn of the passing of Don Young, a longtime representative from Alaska, who was a friend and a dedicated public servant. God bless his family during this difficult time.” — US Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa


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