Rep. Don Young, 81, engaged to marry


Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, leaves a closed-door Republican strategy session dealing with the the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(This post has been updated.)

They say love isn’t just for the young. Though in this case, love is for Rep. Don Young.

The 81-year-old congressman made public over the weekend that he’s engaged to remarry.

Young (R-Alaska), the second oldest Republican in Congress, introduced his fiancee “during ‘Candidate Sunday’ at an Anchorage mega-church on Sunday,” according to the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.

His bride-to-be is Anne Garland Walton, who, according to public records is 75 years old and a registered nurse. In 2010, she donated $500 to Young’s campaign. (Aw.)

Young, who is running for re-election, is perhaps most well known for pushing the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere,” which became a symbol for those opposed to earmark spending. He is unapologetic about directing federal dollars back to Alaska, and is known for being a bit bombastic and unfiltered. (In fact, in March 2013 our colleagues at the Fix did a rundown of Young’s greatest hits.)

But if Walton is looking for a romantic spirit, she’s found it in Young. Our favorite Young fact is that as chairman of the Transportation committee, he named the highway reauthorization bill after his late wife Lu: The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). Flowers come and go, but public laws can last at least five or six years.

Lu, who was a fixture in Young’s D.C. congressional office, died in 2009. They were married for 46 years.

Matt Shuckerow, Young’s spokesman said the couple have not set a date and did not exchange rings.

A hearty Loop congratulations to the happy couple. As Frank Sinatra said, “Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you. If you’re ‘Young’ at heart.”

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.

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