GOP approves rule for Don Young

House Republicans approved a rule on Thursday proposed by Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungHopes for DC, Puerto Rico statehood rise Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum House Democratic campaign leader predicts bigger majority MORE (R-Alaska) that means the “Dean of the House,” if Republican, must serve on the GOP steering committee, which selects committee leaders.

Young, who is the dean of the House or longest current serving lawmaker, proposed the rule to make sure he had a spot on the steering committee. He also said the amendment was meant to be "in fun."

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“It was a self-serving amendment, but I have a lot of knowledge I think they can utilize,” Young, 85, told The Hill following the vote.  

Young has represented Alaska’s at-large congressional district since 1973 and received the ceremonial title given to the longest-serving title in January after former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersBiden's immigration plan has serious problems Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary Tlaib holds lead in early vote count against primary challenger MORE (D-Mich.) resigned.