Bill Young

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Bill Young
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 13th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – October 18, 2013
Preceded byVern Buchanan
Succeeded byDavid Jolly
Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byBob Livingston
Succeeded byJerry Lewis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byAndy Ireland
Succeeded byDaniel Webster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byAndy Ireland
Succeeded byBill McCollum
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1973
Preceded byWilliam Cramer
Succeeded byJames Haley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983
Preceded bySam Gibbons
Succeeded byBuddy MacKay
Member of the Florida Senate
In office
Personal details
Charles William Young

(1930-12-16)December 16, 1930
Harmarville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedOctober 18, 2013(2013-10-18) (aged 82)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Beverly Angello (1985 – 2013)
ChildrenBilly, Patrick (Beverly)
ResidenceWoodbridge, Virginia
Indian Shores, Florida
ProfessionInsurance executive
Military service
Branch/serviceArmy National Guard[1]
Years of service1948–1957[1]
RankArmy-USA-OR-08b.svg Master Sergeant[1]

Charles William "Bill" Young (December 16, 1930 – October 18, 2013) was the U.S. Representative for Florida's 13th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1971.

Early life[change | change source]

Young was born in Harmarville, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, on December 16, 1930.[2] Young dropped out of St. Petersburg High School to support his ill mother[2] and was wounded in a hunting accident.[3]

Career[change | change source]

He was a member of the Republican Party, and was at the time of his death the longest-serving Republican member of Congress.[4] He served as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations from 1999 to 2005 and sat on the Committee until his death.

Young served as a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission from 1965 to 1967. He was also a Florida delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1984.[4]

Personal life[change | change source]

In 1985, Young divorced his first wife, with whom he had three children, and married his current wife, Beverly. They have had two children together, Billy, and Patrick, and the couple raised Beverly's son, Robbie, from her first marriage.[5][6]

Health[change | change source]

On October 17, 2013, Young's family told the Tampa Bay Times that Young was continuing medical treatment at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center but his "condition turned for the worse overnight and he is gravely ill.[7] Earlier that day, several news sources erroneously reported that Young had died.[8]

Death[change | change source]

On October 18, 2013, Young died at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland from multiple myeloma. He had been hospitalized for almost two weeks with back problems that resulted from injuries he sustained in a small plane crash in 1970. He was 82 and is survived by his wife and five children.[9][10]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier" (PDF). Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Rep. Bill Young (R)". NationalJournal. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  3. Weiner, Tim (August 5, 1999). "Struggles in His Past, Burdens in His Present". New York Times. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 ""Young, Charles W. (Bill)" in ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', access 14 July 2011". December 16, 1930.
  5. "Biography on Representative C. W. (Bill) Young of Congressional District number 10 of Florida".
  6. Adair, Bill (December 19, 2005). "Capitol Hill wife who just won't sit still". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  7. Leary, Alex (October 17, 2013). "Bill Young 'gravely ill'". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  8. Voorhees, Josh (October 17, 2013). "PSA: Rep. CW Bill Young Is Not Dead (But He Is "Gravely" Ill)". Slate. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  9. "Florida US Rep. Bill Young dies at 82; Tampa Bay Republican had served 43 years in Congress". Washington Post. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  10. "Florida US Rep. Bill Young dies at 82". WGEM TV. Retrieved 19 October 2013.

Other websites[change | change source]

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