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Octo-man: C.W. Bill Young turns 80



youngmug.jpgCongressman Charles William "Bill" Young turns 80 today.

It's another milestone in a career full of them. The Pinellas County lawmaker is the longest serving Republican in either the House or Senate and the end of the 111th Congress represents his 50th year in office -- 40 in Congress and 10 in the Florida Legislature.

Young has served with eight U.S. presidents and has overseen the full House appropriations committee and its defense subcommittee, a panel he expects to chair in the 112th Congress.

"It makes you feel good that the people you represented for so long want you to stay on the job," Young said in January, signaling he would run for a 21st term.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 1:46pm]


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