U.S. Rep. Bill Young Dies

Bill_Young_2013Few Florida politicians have had a more dominant impact on their home state and region than U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died Friday night at age 82 halfway through his 22nd term in the U.S. House.

Marks of Young’s work extend across the Tampa-St. Petersburg region from the University of South Florida through MacDill Air Force Base to the Bay Pines VA Medical Center and the Pinellas County beaches.

But he may be best known for his and his wife’s devotion to the cause of U.S. service members, particularly wounded combat troops.

“He will be remembered as a passionate advocate for the welfare of America’s service members and military veterans,” said a statement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday. “Though his loss will be felt by many, his legacy and commitment to a strong national defense will always inspire us.”

Source: The Tampa Tribune