Don Young holds on to House seat in Alaska

Don Young holds on to House seat in Alaska

The House’s longest serving member, Alaska’s Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps Overnight Energy: Biden admin backs Trump approval of major Alaska drilling project | Senate Republicans pitch 8 billion for infrastructure | EPA to revise Trump rule limiting state authority to block pipelines MORE, weathered a tough re-election contest on Tuesday but won his 24th term in the lower chamber.

Young, a Republican, has served in the House since 1973. He defeated Alyse Galvin, an independent candidate who ran and won the Democratic primary.

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The Republican faced a tight race with Galvin, 53, who generated over $1 million in small donor funding for her campaign. In a last minute push to secure the seat for Young, the Congressional Leadership Fund on Saturday  launched a six-figure “hyper-targeted” phone effort to sway votes for the Republican.

Young, 85, became the longest-serving current House member in December 2017 after Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersThe faith community can help pass a reparations bill California comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) announced his retirement. He subsequently took the ceremonial title of “Dean of the House,” which is awarded to the longest continuously serving member of the House.