GOP approves rule for Don Young

House Republicans approved a rule on Thursday proposed by Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungCongress: Pass legislation that invests in America's water future Bipartisan group introduces legislation to protect federal workers' health benefits during shutdowns Deceptions may sink plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Refuge 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 ConyersReparations: The 'lost cause' of black politics? Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline Reparations bill wins new momentum in Congress MORE (D-Mich.) resigned.