Now "Teflon Don" holds another distinction -- he's the longest serving Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.
At 80, Donald shows no signs of slowing down. He said he plans to seek a 22nd term next year.
Young recently told Politico he's "in pretty darn good shape," adding he has yet to see meet a challenger willing to commit at least 30 years of service in the House, which he thinks is the amount of time that's required to build enough clout (and fund a few notorious projects) in the 435-member chamber.
Young, who was first elected to Congress in 1973, became the longest serving GOP member upon the death of Rep. Bill Young of Florida.
He said he lost a good friend with Bill Young's passing and considers it an honor to be the longest-serving GOP member.
Young said he is now looked upon as "the dean on the Republican side," Politico reported.
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