Young Is Out as Natural Resources Ranking Member

Posted December 10, 2008 at 2:19pm

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) will not continue as the ranking member of the Natural Resources Committee in the next Congress, sources confirmed on Wednesday.

Young, who has been under an ethical cloud for some time, chose to step down from the panel, averting a no confidence vote from the House Republican Steering Committee.

Young exited the closed door Steering Committee meeting shortly after 1 p.m., telling reporters outside, “everything is fine.”

In a statement from his office, Young said it was time to move on: “I have chosen to serve on the Committee on Natural Resources (in all of its forms) since the beginning of my almost 36 years in Congress. After spending six years as the Chairman of the Resources Committee, and the last two years as its Ranking Member, it is time to allow another Member to take the reins. I will remain fully engaged in the Committee’s work on both national and Alaska issues.”