Special to the Journal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA) released the following statement regarding the passing of Congressman Bill Young (R-FL):
“A staunch supporter of our military, a true champion for his District, and a fount of knowledge about the chronicles of the U.S. House, Bill Young will be missed in Washington as well as in Florida. He, along with the late Congressman Jack Murtha, were not only great friends and mentors to me but their wives, Beverly and Joyce, were also friends and mentors to my wife, Vivian.
“Murtha and Young were neither Democrat nor Republican when it came to our national defense. Regardless of which was the Chairman or Ranking Member of the Defense Subcommittee, the men and women of America’s military would be taken care of. With Bill Young’s death, the nation has truly lost one of the few remaining statesmen. Our thoughts and prayers are with Beverly and the entire family.”
Congressman for the Tampa Bay area from 1971 until 2013, Bill Young served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and was the longest serving Republican member of Congress at the time of his passing.