While leftists on the Anchorage Assembly are adamantly resisting Mayor Dave Bronson’s effort to rename the Port of Alaska after late U.S. Congressman Don Young, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-Florida) is determined to get Young’s name on the main hearing room for the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure.
Mast is currently sponsoring a resolution to honor Young for being “a tireless advocate for his state and someone who understood that infrastructure is what keeps this country moving.”
Mast’s effort comes amid a standoff in Anchorage between Bronson and hard-leftist Assembly members who are vehemently against renaming the city’s main port after the colorful and sometimes controversial 49-year congressman.
Mast has none of the misgivings expressed by the likes of Anchorage Assemblywoman Karen Bronga, who claimed at the most recent assembly meeting, “Don Young had his day for Alaska, but he aged into someone who was insensitive, a bully and disrespected women. Rewarding a public figure for this bad behavior because he brought the state money is not in the best interest of our city.”
On his website, Mast described Young as a “fearless, resilient, mountain of man, and his love for Alaska came second only to his love for his family.”
In addition to being the longest-serving Republican in the history of the U.S. House, Mast’s office said he wanted to honor the former Dean of the House for his extended history of working on infrastructure issues.
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“First elected in 1973, he served on both the Committee on Merchant Marine & Fisheries and the Committee on Post Office & Civil Service, which were later incorporated into the modern Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure,” Mast’s website states. “As Chair of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee from 2001 to 2007, he worked tirelessly to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure with legislation like the Safe, Accountable, Flexible Efficient Transportation Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) to improve and maintain everything from highways to bike paths, supported federal recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina, was a fierce advocate for our U.S. Coast Guard, and fought to ensure that our aviation system was accessible to all Americans. Often referred to as ‘Alaska’s third senator,’ his top priority was always his beloved home state. He secured countless investments into its infrastructure and championed its vast resources. For many Alaskans, he was the only representation they had had in the House as the Congressman for all Alaska.”
Young died on March 18, 2022 after being elected 24 times to the U.S. House. He was succeeded by Rep. Mary Peltola, D-Alaska, who is co-sponsoring Mast’s resolution, which was sent to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.