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 YoungHouse GOP and Puerto Rico governor agree on statehood vote GOP approves rule for Don Young Midterm results shake up national map 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 ConyersBrenda Jones sworn into House for final weeks of 2018 GOP approves rule for Don Young Michigan New Members 2019 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.