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Rep. Don Young

Representative for Alaska’s At-Large District

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Young is the representative for Alaska’s at-large district and is a Republican. He has served since Mar 6, 1973. Young is next up for reelection in 2020.

Misconduct/alleged misconduct

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.

Jun. 20, 2014 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 prohibit similar contributions in the future .

Jun. 23, 2011 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegations
Dec. 20, 2011 House Committee on Ethics dismissed the allegations, but also changed House rules to prohibit similar contributions in the future
Photo of Rep. Don Young [R-AK0]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Young.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 15, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

NumbersUSA: 87% United States Chamber of Commerce: 80% Americans for Prosperity: 78% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B+ FreedomWorks: 60% NIAC Action: D American Civil Liberties Union: 15% League of Conservation Voters: 6% Human Rights Campaign: 3% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

Don Young sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Young was the primary sponsor of 118 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 118 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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 at least about half 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Young sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (40%) Native Americans (20%) Animals (10%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Energy (6%) Agriculture and Food (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Young’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Young voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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 ...

Young voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Young voted Aye

Young voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 ...

Young voted Yea

Young voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Missed Votes

From Mar 1973 to Oct 2019, Young missed 4,014 of 28,238 roll call votes, which is 14.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: