Florida leaders are mourning the death of Rep. Bill Young, the longest-serving Republican member of the House.
Harry Glenn said that C.W. Bill Young was surrounded by family when he died at 6:50 p.m. at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Governor Rick Scott made the following statement regarding the passing of Congressman C.W. Bill Young:
"Ann and I join all Floridians as we mourn the passing of Representative Bill Young. As Florida's longest serving member of Congress, Bill will be remembered as a true statesman and champion for the Tampa Bay area. He served with eight US Presidents throughout his career, always putting the families of Florida first, and working across the aisle to find solutions.
"His work to support military families, our veterans, and his own service with the Army National Guard and as a reservist, will leave a lasting legacy. Representative Young will be missed by his constituents and our entire nation. Ann and I offer our support and prayers to his wife Beverly and his sons and grandchildren during this difficult time."
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement regarding the death of Congressman C.W. Bill Young (R-FL):
“Floridians have lost one of the greatest public servants we’ve ever had in our state’s history. For over a half century, Bill fought tirelessly for the Tampa Bay region and to strengthen Florida’s role as a critical part of our national defense. Largely because of Bill Young, many of our nation’s brave men and women in uniform have called Florida home at some point in their careers, with many of them spending their golden retirement years here. Throughout Bill’s career, our military and veterans have had no greater champion than him. My thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s wife, Beverly, and their entire family.”
Sen. Bill Nelson also released a statement Friday regarding Young's death:
"Bill Young was one of the exemplary figures in Congress who achieved legislative consensus in a bipartisan way," said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. "He put the good of the country and his constituents above partisan politics and he is going to be very much missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry issued the following statement Friday:
"I, and the Republican Party of Florida, mourn the death of Congressman Bill Young. Over five decades of public service, Bill Young has been a constant champion for his constituents and for the state of Florida. He has always stood up for the Sunshine State and fought for the best interests of its citizens. His dedication, his leadership, and his friendship will be sorely missed. His wife Beverly and his two children, Billy and Patrick, are in our thoughts and prayers today."
The Florida Federation of Young Republicans issued the following statement Friday evening:
"On October 18, 2013, America lost a public servant who has served as a Florida Congressman since 1971. Congressman Young was born on December 16, 1930 and would ultimately become the longest serving Republican Congressman in American history at the time of his passing.
"Congressman Young begin serving his country in 1948, when he joined the US Army National Guard, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant; he would serve for nine years. From 1961-1970, Congressman Young would be known as a Florida State Senator, serving as the Minority Leader his last four years. While serving in the Florida Senate, the Congressman also served as a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission for two years.
"The Congressman was first elected to Congress in 1970 and was subsequently reelected twenty times, announcing this year that he would not seek reelection in 2014. The districts from which Congressman Young has run lean Democratic, but the Congressman, in those twenty election cycles, only received less than 60% of the vote twice. The Congressman has represented three districts, due to redistricting, but represented Florida's 10th Congressional District since 1992 until 2012, when the Congressman began serving the 13th District, the seat that he held until this evening upon his passing. Congressman Young chaired the House Committee on Appropriations from 1999-2005, the only Floridian to have chaired the committee since the committee's inception in 1865.
"As if serving in the US Army National Guard, as a Florida State Senator, and a Congressman weren't enough, Congressman Young also served as a Florida delegate to the Republican National Convention four times between 1968-1984.
"Congressman Young has a special place in FFYR's history: he served as our very first Chairman. Since then he has been a great friend to the YRs, particularly in the Tampa Bay area, from which he hailed. FFYR's current Chair, Peret Pass, stated tonight, "The YRs found an irreplaceable ally in Congressman Young. He loved his country, his state, his constituents, and the YRs. He loved his family and serving people. Congressman Young will be very sorely missed by Floridians, FFYR, and the American people. On behalf of FFYR, I extend my deepest sympathies to his family, friends, and Congressional staff and pray for comfort for them in this difficult time."
"Congressman Young once told the New York Times, "In my short life I've been shot, I've been hit by a truck, survived an airplane crash, I've had my chest opened and my heart rebuilt. And it's sort of hard to get me flustered after all that." We applaud the Congressman on 82 years of a life well spent in service, in action, and in perseverance. To the Congressman's family - his wife, Beverly, and his children - we extend our prayers and thoughts. To the Congressman, we simply say: thank you, sir."