Skip to comments.Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young has passed away (Florida Republican)
Posted on 10/18/2013 5:42:50 PM PDT by shortstop
Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Florida's longest-serving member of Congress has passed away.
On Thursday, the family of the 82-year-old lawmaker said that he was gravely ill.
Young's family released the following statement Friday:
"U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young (FL-13) passed away this evening at The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the company of his family. The cause of death was complications related to a chronic injury. Information on services will be forthcoming."
Young was influential on military spending during his 43 years in Washington, and in October announced his decision to retire.
In recent years, Young had become increasingly frail and relied on a wheelchair. He was quoted by the Tampa Bay Times as saying that his decision was based on both his health and a desire to spend more time with his family.
Young had been seeking treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C., due to back problems that stemmed from a 1970 small-plane crash.
After Young made his announcement to retire, praise of his service from his fellow Florida politicians emerged.
"Congressman Bill Young is an American patriot," tweeted former Republican Gov. Jeb Bush. "We appreciate his service!"
Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio praised Young for his support for the military. "No one has fought harder for the servicemen and women in this country and for returning veterans than Bill and his wife, Beverly," wrote Rubio in a news release.
Said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat: "He was always someone who approached solutions in a bipartisan way. He will be missed."
Young's term in office was slated to end next year.
Young was born in Harmarville, Pa., and later moved to Indian Shores, Fla., a small Gulf Coast community in Pinellas County.
He served in the Army National Guard from 1948 to 1957, then became an aide to U.S. Rep. William Cramer from 1957 to 1960. From 1961 to 1971, he served in the Florida Senate.
He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1970. Young and his wife, Beverly, have three children. His son, Bill Young II, has expressed interest in the past in running for office.
The congressman was a longtime member of the House Appropriations Committee, where he focused on military spending. He and his wife frequently visited ailing service members at hospitals in the Washington area.
As one of the strongest defense hawks in Congress, Young made headlines in 2012 when he said the United States should withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.
Young told The Associated Press at the time that "we're killing kids who don't need to die," and reflected the growing weariness with a conflict that had dragged on for more than a decade.
Young brought hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks back to the Tampa Bay area, and built up a defense contracting industry in the region, creating jobs and stirring the economy.
May he rest in eternal peace.
This seat likely goes to the Democrats.
Sounds like he made his life count for something besides “self.” RIP, Bill Young.
Rest well Sir
I’m not so sure. it is a toss up seat and if the younger Young runs for it that just might be enough to keep it in the family and in the party. He had a very popular brand. But any way you were a good man Bill Young rest in peace. This district has had only two congressmen since 1950.
|2012||President||Barack Obama 52% - Mitt Romney 46%|
|2008||President||John McCain 52% - Barack Obama 47%|
|2004||President||George W. Bush 56% - John Kerry 43%|
|2000||President||George W. Bush 53% - Al Gore44%|
1955. It was the first district in Florida to elect a Republican since Reconstruction.
No disrespect to Young, but the political class needs to be culled via Term Limits.
It's high time DC is put in check by the States.
The only viable strategy going forward is to wage class war against the parasite class and target the Washingtonians from both parties that are entrenched in safe Districts.
Of course, the propagandist press must be dealt with.
Putin in Russia just shoots any "reporter" that gets out of line.
The CPUSA here is firmly entrenched in the media and supports the domestic marxists 1000%.
They are enjoying salad days, but their time of reckoning is fast approaching.
ROFL Yes I notice that too. Not sure maybe it is a sign I suppose.
Would you have said that about James Madison?
If term limits worked, California would have a responsible legislature. Instead, it has become a revolving door for nameless lobbyists without a care for the public because they need a job on the way out.
It didn't work.
I worked his campaign the same year I worked Reagan’s back in the ‘80’s and got to meet him. He was a good man. He had already announced his retirement so it was going to be an open seat. Now, Gov. Rick Scott can appoint his replacement which should give an advantage.
I knew Congressman Young,
He was a very humble and genital soul that walked the halls of power as the peoples servant, a true republican in the strictest since of the word; for the public, for his people, Pinellas County, the state of Florida and the United States of America.
He will be missed by his constituents, and I will miss him.
Sorry,but he has to call special election . He can only appoint someone to replace a Senator. He still has no lieutenant governor.
House members are never appointed. Scott must call a special election.
We just got re-districted into his territory. He seemed like a good guy, but that’s way too long for anyone to spend on the hill.
He is a perfect example of why we need term limits.
Watched Shep break into Greta’s show with news of his death. It was really weird because they made zero mention that he was Republican. Not even in the graphics with his name and title. Didn’t quite get that.
He should have been retired 10 years ago at least.
It’s BS to have 82 year olds voting on laws that effect millions of citizens.
We need a forced retirement age and term limits.
- Washington and Jefferson warned us -
- DC is Party Central forever
- Harry s Truman pushed the button twice and drove home
- Our wars should be the opposite of WWII
- Bomb first drive home
“He was a very humble and genital soul ..”
I’d recommend you use spell check in the future to make sure you know what you’re typing.
Lotsa lotsa methods
but no God
That is a FAIL.
RIP Rep. Young
Romney was unelectable.
a friend who usually votes conservative but who is not political, stayed home. not because Romney was not conservative enough...because as he said “ who do you want me to vote for? Donald Duck?”
ordinary people stayed home in droves as did those who would not vote for another moderate (I’m being kind...ok liberal) RINO(yes...I’m being redundant on purpose)
I guess they were really hot on Romney back in 2012. Quite a contrast from previous elections.
Those numbers are incorrect. The ones from before 2012 are from the old Sarasota-based FL-13 (the CDs were renumbered in 2012). And in 2012 Obama carried the FL-13 by only 50.1% to 48.6%. http://m.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/19/1163009/-Daily-Kos-Elections-presidential-results-by-congressional-district-for-the-2012-2008-elections
This will be a very competitive special election. If Young’s widow, Beverley, runs (she said prior to her husband’s death that if her husband’s 2012 Dem opponent, Jessica Ehrlich, ran in 2014 , that she would run against her), and I would think that the widow would clear the GOP field for the special and beat the Democrat (even 2012 Dem gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink, who, like Ehrlich, announced a 2014 run last week). But if Beverley Young doesn’t run, the GOP has a pretty good announced candidate in former state rep Larry Crow. There’s also an openly gay, carpetbagging RINO named Nick Zoller who is seeking the seat—the guy moved to FL just a couple of years ago and he brags about working on the campaigns to elect or reelecti Lisa Murkowski, Saxby Chambliss and Scott Brown to the Senate (I guess that he was too busy to help out Susan Collins or Mark Kirk). So if the widow doesn’t run, Crow should be the man (barring someone else jumping in).
BTW, I already fixed the 2012 presidential results for FL-13 on Wikipedia (which I assume was your source). Wikipedia had mistakenly used the 52%-46% 2012 results for Pinellas County as a whole instead of using the 50%-49% results for FL-13. The Associated Press also reported the 52-46 numbers, and the New York Times ran the AP’s story, so it appears that the MSM get their information from Wikipedia!
Yes, running the widow or the same-named son might be the best bet. The excitement Dems have had of taking this seat should be squelched. It is, at best for the Dems, marginal, and remains FL’s premier historic GOP district (since 1955, albeit with modifications and much smaller in area). Zero barely carried it against a weak (ringer) opponent, and it appears more comfortable with Republicans locally.
Having read this article, I learned a bit more about her. I didn’t realize this was his second wife, and she’s only 57. She’s already a fiery veterans activist and could jump into the seat and hit the ground running. She’d immediately become one of our most colorful members.
That figures! It's hard not to, you have to remind yourself that anyone can edit it and put incorrect information.
Fun fact, the new most senior Republican in the House is Alaska's Don Young, who also hasn't lived up to his surname in several decades. He's followed by WI's Sensenbrenner and Petri. They are the only 3 left who entered in the 70's. All 3 should go. With all the talk of primarying Senators, how about some House members.
Re: CW Young, "She said she knew her husband had been having a tough time coping with painful back ailments that over the years have cut his 6-foot-2 frame down to 5-foot-8."
Yikes! I didn't know that was possible. The widow sounds "colorful", yes.
We are already primarying 3 House members.
Adam Kinziner - Illinois
Pete Sessions - Texas
Mike Simpson - Idaho
You’re right, we need to primary a lot of them, however Don Young is likely as entrenched as Boehner. He’s a RINO to the worst degree of course. He actually endorsed Mazie Hirono in the Hawaii senate race, but unfortunately Alaska’s politics are 90% controlled by Blagojevich-esque thugs like Murkowski, so I think he’s here to stay.
Jo Bonner retired in Alabama, so it is imperative to get a Tea Party guy in there.
Other RINOS we really have to target.
Greg Walden - Oregon
Rick Crawford - Arkansas
Frank Lucas - Oklahoma
Steve Palazzo - Mississippi
Martha Roby - Alabama
Larry Bucshon - Indiana
Renee Elmers - North Carolina
Aaron Schock - Illinois (This one is crucial)
I would also like primary challenges to emerge for Peter King, the most despicable scum in the House, and Scott Riggell of Virginia who is a class A RINO.
In addition, we have Tom Cotton, Bill Cassidy, Phil Gingrey, Paul Broun, and Jack Kingston (mega-RINO), vacating their seats in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Georgia. That’s 5 more Tea Party opportunities.
If Danies runs in Montana (looks all but certain), there is another seat. Capito is running for senate in West Virginia. Another seat.
2014 is a BIG opportunity year.
” He actually endorsed Mazie Hirono in the Hawaii senate race”
I know, WTH? Is he sleeping with her or something?
He held on by only 300 or so votes in the 2008 primary when Sean Parnell opposed him, there was also a third candidate that got about 9%, I don’t know who she took more votes from. He can be beaten.
Elmers? Crawford? Those surprise me.
In IL the 13th district is best opportunity, establishment Republican Rodney Davis who was appointed to the GOP nomination last time when when incumbent dropped out, faces his first primary and is opposed by conservative former Miss America Erika Harold.
Who is running against Kinzinger? Politics1 lists no primary challengers. I’d also like to see him go, I backed Don Manzullo in the last primary, a shame we lost him, low key backbencher type but a solid voting record.
She does sound like she is something else—but the fact that she had been his secretary when he dumped his first wife and married her is a big black mark on both of them. Too long in Washington.
She was 30, he was 55.
Crawford has a rating in the mid 50s from conservative groups. From Arkansas, that’s unacceptable.
Elmers does a bit better, usually over 60, but I think we can improve on that (a shame, as I do think she’s a nice woman).
I ABSOLUTELY 100% agree on Rodney Davis. 44% from Heritage? Pathetic. Erika Harold would get a far higher rating. I am also biased toward her because she’s a bombshell, and I hate the GOP establishment in Illinois who are backing Davis.
Kinzinger is being primaried by David Hale, a Tea Party activist who started the Rockford Tea Party. He’s notable as the guy who outed Wisconsin lawmakers who fled the state during the recall showdown.
Manzullo was far more conservative than Kinzinger, who had to run for that seat when Illinois’ districts got redrawn. He captured the seat in a fluke. Above all else, Kinzinger is a FRAUD. He rode the Tea Party wave, cashing in on the brand, and then became a huge RINO who has Obama on speed-dial. He’s a McLame knock-off and a bad one at that.
As for that dirtbag in Alaska, he has been there since 1973!!! He took the seat from Nick Begich who died in a plane crash (I know, Mark’s dad and the guy whose senate seat he took both died in plane crashes. Weird)
He fended off a challenge from Nick’s wife, and has survived several challenges from Democrats and Republicans since. Notable, in his close call in 2008 against Parnell (a win of 304 votes) he was helped by Mike Huckabee.
He won his last primary with 79% of the vote.
This guy has locked down the Alaska establishment behind him. The Corrupt Bastard’s Club essentially leeches off the kickbacks he brings home. That money for Alaskan fisheries in the Hurricane Sandy bill? Don Young had his hand in that.
He’s a dirty, slick crook just like Murkowski. I fear he’ll have that seat until his death.
That might’ve mattered years ago, not so much today, and that they were married for almost 3 decades does tend to count for something. As I’ve mused on many times, DC is a terrible place for married couples (worse if they have children) to be, at least those married prior to their spouses being in politics. The pre-DC wives tend to get sick of it real fast, because the men have to decide whether they want their career or to go back home (a demand Bob Dole’s first wife made). Before long, many of them end up in affairs with their staffers or even marrying them after divorcing wife #1.
I’m often bemused by some running for Congress showing off their nice families, as so many have no idea what they’re in for. You’re better off going there single, and if you’re lucky, you’ll marry someone “in the biz” that shares similar interests (and even better, if they work in their office to keep an eye on hubby). ;-)
AFAIK Parnell has been Don Young’s only “real” primary challenger in some time, some nobody isn’t gonna beat him, not in Alaska. Suckabee endorsed him in that race? What a doofus.
David Hale sounds promising, I emailed that fruit who runs politics1.com and told him to add him. Kinzinger was disappointing, yes.
In addition, did you know that Tom Coburn backed Joe Manchin in West Virginia? I just read that today. What an eccentric tool.
I’m really hoping we’ll see a Senator Bridenstine when the doc retires in 2016.
As for Aaron Schock, he always struck me as weird and untrustworthy. His “sane caucus” comment really pissed me off.
Schock sucks up to Peter King. He’s a loser.
Petey has about 5 die-hard followers. He rules his own pathetic little fiefdom in the House and Schock is his crown-polisher.
Yes I remember that. Coburn has gone completely off the rails, and he would have been the last guy I expected to. Potomac fever, or just too many close friendships with swine (he was buddy buddy with Obama), maybe early senility. I don’t know what happened but it’s disgusting.
Schock is one of the premier federal Combiners. I think he’s being groomed as a Senate replacement at some point. I also believe he is a closet job. Getting this guy out on reason #1 alone is worth doing.
Who knows ? Perhaps the establishment has dirt on Coburn. It’s clear that in most instances, the longer you stay in DC, the more you get assimilated. When that much power, money, influence are at stake... If Satan had a home anywhere in the U.S., it would be in DC.
For the record, Mark Levin on the Schockster.
Rep. Kinzinger has a conservative primary opponent, David Hale, an officer of the Rockford Tea Party.