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AK – Young, Don

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R+12 37.0 -51.5 Click for contact information


Young has been in Congress since 1973. At -51.5, Don Young earns the distinction of our most dramatic underperformer in the entire Republican conference. In addition to underperforming in a red state, Young also has the distinction of holding the lowest conservative rating of any Republican. 

Young is the king of pork, never saw a spending bill that he didn’t like, and uses his committee assignment on the Transportation Committee to grow the size of the federal government.  He is the embodiment of crony capitalism, working in tandem with special interests to empower himself and his friends. 

Don Young was one of 3 Republicans to vote for the socialist “Fair Pay Act” in 2009. In 2011, he voted against almost every spending cut and opposed every effort to end taxpayer special favors for big labor. He voted for all the major annual spending bills and the debt ceiling increase. In 2012, Young was one of only 16 Republicans to vote for the Simpson-Bowles tax increases.  He endorsed a liberal Democrat for Senate in Hawaii against a Republican and a more centrist Democrat. Don Young is a true red state statist who is representing a solid Republican state with big-government policies.