Bill Young; served 43 years in House
His chief of staff, Harry Glenn, said in an e-mail that Rep. Young died at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he had been for nearly two weeks with back problems that stemmed from a 1970 small-plane crash.
Glenn's e-mail included a statement from Rep. Young's family, saying family members were with him when he died.
On Oct. 9, from his hospital bed, Rep. Young announced that he would not seek another term in 2014.
Rep. Young, who had been involved in Florida politics since 1957, was considered the elder statesman of Florida's Republican Party and in the U.S. House. In recent years, he became increasingly frail and relied on a wheelchair.
Charles William Young was born in Harmarville, Pa., and later moved to Indian Shores, Fla. He served in the Army National Guard from 1948 to 1957, then was an aide to U.S. Rep. William Cramer from 1957 to 1960. From 1961 to 1971, he served in the Florida Senate. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1970.
Rep. Young and his wife, Beverly, had three children.