Young asked to resume chairmanship of Resources Committee

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska Rep. Don Young was asked earlier this year to resume the chairmanship of the House Resources Committee, but essentially turned down the House leadership.

Young, facing a term limit on his chairmanship, left the Resources Committee at the end of 2000. He then became chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

He was replaced on the Resources Committee by Rep. Jim Hansen, R-Utah. But Hansen announced late last year that he would be retiring, leaving the chairmanship open again.

Nine-term Rep. Jim Saxton, R-N.J., is the next most senior Republican on the committee, but a number of House Republicans from Western states are challenging his ascension.

The House leadership asked Young if he would come back ''to avoid the whole battle that's going to shape up for the chairmanship,'' said Young's spokeswoman, Amy Inaba.

''He said, 'Well, I might consider it if there were some concessions,''' Inaba said.

Young wanted 12 more years as chairman, not counting the time already served from 1994-2000. He also asked to remain as vice chairman of the Transportation Committee.

''It's not likely to happen,'' Inaba said.

She said Young would rather stay at Transportation. ''He likes the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee a lot and thinks he can get a lot done for Alaska,'' Inaba said.

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