Rep. C.W. Bill Young to retire in 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, Florida's most influential and longest-serving member of Congress, told the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday that he has decided to retire when his term ends in 2014.
Young, 82, said there are several factors in why he won't run for re-election including his health and his desire to spend more time with his family.
He recalled a conversation many years ago with Sen. John Stennis in which he asked the Mississippi Democrat when Young would know it's time to retire. "You'll know when it's time," Stennis told him.
Young, who has been in Walter Reed Medical Center since Friday because of a back injury, said he recently concluded that "it's my time."
"Sen. Stennis gave me some very good advice. I'm taking that advice now," Young said in a telephone interview from the hospital.
Asked why he had decided it was time, Young said, "I don't know that I would pick out one thing. It's a lot of things. My family, my job, my rehabilitation from my back."
After talking with the Times, Young planned to call House Speaker John Boehner and give him the news.
Asked if the congressional gridlock was a factor, Young said, "I'm a little disappointed. It seems there's too much politics. It's a different Congress."