GOP approves rule for Don Young

House Republicans approved a rule on Thursday proposed by Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungLive coverage: House elects new Speaker as Dems take charge Inside the Trump-Congress Christmas meltdown House GOP and Puerto Rico governor agree on statehood vote 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.  

Rep. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresRep. Mike Johnson wins race for RSC chairman GOP approves rule for Don Young Texas lawmaker: GOP facing funding disadvantage MORE (R-Texas) said while the "nos" were louder than "yeses," the conference opted to adopt the amendment.  
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 ConyersWomen's March plans 'Medicare for All' day of lobbying in DC How Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others Dem chairwoman plans hearing on Medicare for all proposals MORE (D-Mich.) resigned.