U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan on Thursday introduced the Don Young Recognition Act, honoring the legacy of the late Don Young, “Congressman for All Alaska.” The legislation designates one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands, currently known as Mount Cerberus, as Mount Young.
The bill recognizes Congressman Young’s lifelong contributions to Alaska by designating the Federal office building in Fairbanks as the Don Young Federal Office Building and the Job Corps Center located in Palmer as the Don Young Alaska Job Corps Center.
Congressman Young, Dean of the House, passed away on March 18, 2022 after serving Alaska in the House of Representatives for 49 years.
“During Congressman Young’s decades long career of service, he made an outsized impact on our state. He loved the people of Alaska with every ounce of his being. His loyalty and commitment to the betterment of all who call Alaska home was evident throughout his work. He was determined and effective, shepherding critical legislation into law that impact generations,” said Senator Murkowski. “Through this legislation, my goal is that we not only pay tribute to a great man who did so much for our state, but that it ensures that what he has done for Alaskans is not forgotten. Don Young moved mountains for Alaska, it’s only fitting we name one after him–even if it is a bit unpredictable.”
“Don Young left an indelible mark on the state he loved so much through his decades of service in Congress,” said Senator Sullivan. “Having fought so hard for countless federal investments, projects and economic opportunities for Alaskans, it is a fitting tribute for some of these projects and lands to bear his name. Future generations will be reminded of this larger-than-life Alaskan, a true man of the people, who was ceaselessly invested in improving the livelihoods of Alaskans.”
Following Congressman Young’s passing, Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan introduced a resolution which passed the Senate unanimously in March of 2022, celebrating Congressman Young’s life and legacy.