Young, a Republican, is the representative for Alaska's at-large district and has served since Jan 3, 1973. Young is next up for reelection in 2018.
In 2014 Young received a letter of reproval for improper travel gifts and failure to disclose them. The House Committee on Ethics concluded Young had improperly accepted travel gifts and issued a letter of reproval.
In 2011 Young was investigated for accepting campaign contributions in excess of legal limits. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the allegations, but also changed House rules to indicate that the activites in the allegations would be a problem going forward.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Young.
Young is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Young has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Don Young sits on the following committees:
- House Committee on Natural Resources
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Young was the primary sponsor of 103 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.J.Res. 69: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of ...
- H.J.Res. 49: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of ...
- H.J.Res. 35: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to “Non-Subsistence Take of ...
- H.R. 3269 (114th): North Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act
- H.R. 521 (114th): To provide for the conveyance of certain property to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation located in Bethel, Alaska.
- H.R. 2284 (114th): Point Spencer Land Conveyance Act
- H.R. 3110 (113th): Huna Tlingit Traditional Gull Egg Use Act
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Young sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Young’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4475: National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System Act
- H.R. 4317: Mahoney Lake Hydroelectric Project Licensing Act
- H.R. 4069: To amend the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to clarify the treatment of authentic ...
- H.R. 3524: Settlement Trust Improvement Act of 2017
- H.R. 3523: To require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a study ...
- H.R. 3398: REAL ID Act Modification for Freely Associated States Act
- H.R. 2912: Advancing America’s Missile Defense Act of 2017
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H.R. 863: To facilitate the addition of park administration at the Coltsville National Historical Park, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2017. Passed 369/42.
S. 2040: Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act
Sep 28, 2016. Passed 348/77.
After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a federal commission was created to fact-find as much information as possible about the planning, funding, and carrying-out of the attacks. The final report ran more than 500 pages, but much intrigue has centered around 28 pages redacted ...
H.R. 5147: Bathrooms Accessible in Every Situation (BABIES) Act
Sep 21, 2016. Passed 389/34.
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 3521 (112th): Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2012
Feb 8, 2012. Passed 254/173.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
H.Res. 915 (111th): Encouraging the Republic of Hungary to respect the rule of law, treat foreign investors fairly, and promote ...
Dec 8, 2009. Passed 333/74.
H.R. 31 (111th): Lumbee Recognition Act
Jun 3, 2009. Passed 240/179.
From Mar 1973 to Dec 2017, Young missed 3,967 of 27,152 roll call votes, which is 14.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 128 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills