U.S. Rep. Don Young said he recently tested positive for COVID-19 but that he’s doing fine.

Rep. Don Young

“I have tested positive for COVID-19,” he announced Nov. 12 on Twitter. “I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in Alaska, and ask for privacy at this time. May God Bless Alaska.”

Young, age 87, easily won his 25th consecutive term in Congress. He currently enjoys 31,000 vote lead over his closest challenger Alyse Galvin with roughly 30,000 more absentee and early votes to tabulate.

Young’s Twitter feed was filled with scores of well wishes and prayers, but a number of liberal detractors actually celebrated the fact that he had contracted the virus. Some comments expressed a desire to see the long-serving congressman suffer or even die from the disease.

Political bloggger and Huffington Post writer Shannon Moore, of Homer, chose to use Young’s illness announcement to disparage the Dean of the U.S. House during his recovery.

“Live your life in a way that people don’t hope you choke on your own words about #COVID19,” she Tweeted. “The time for privacy was before you infected other people, you dip[$#!*].”

By easily defeating challenger Galvin, Young will resume his role as the longest serving member of the current Congress. He won his first term in 1973.

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Don Young ‘feeling strong’ after testing positive for COVID

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • john otness says:

    Congratulating Biden has its perks… Even Don knew that the press does not call a President,,, There are no coincidences. Oh the timing.

  • Deathray says:

    Certainly don’t wish bad health on anyone
    But, Mr. Young as the “longest serving member of the current Congress ” your decision to congratulate Joe Biden for winning the presidency was not a smart move. The election results are still being decided Sir.
    You’re past your prime and it is past time for your replacement.
    Get better soon but consider retirement.