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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 the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.



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