The House’s longest serving member, Alaska’s Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungHillicon Valley: Apple, Google launch virus tracing system | Republican says panel should no longer use Zoom | Lawmakers introduce bill to expand telehealth House lawmakers introduce bipartisan bill to expand telehealth services Campaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis 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.
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 ConyersFormer impeachment managers clash over surveillance bill VA could lead way for nation on lower drug pricing The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Dems release first transcripts from impeachment probe witnesses 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.
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