Congressman C. W. Bill Young (R-Indian Shores) is serving his 18th term in Congress as a representative of the Tenth Congressional District of Florida.  He is the senior member of the Florida congressional delegation and the senior Republican in the House of Representatives.

A veteran of the Army National Guard, Young is nationally known for his expertise on defense and security issues.  He currently serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, a post he previously held from 1995-1998, and is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs. 

From 1999-2005, Congressman Young served as Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, overseeing the entire federal discretionary budget.  In addition to his previous tenure as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Young has also served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  His 14 years of service on the Intelligence Committee is the longest tenure of any member in history.

Throughout his service on the Appropriations Committee, Young has been dedicated to improving the quality of life of the men and women who serve in the military.  He regularly meets with enlisted personnel and officers to assess their needs, and as a result, Congress has invested in improved base housing, better medical care, increased pay, and more modern equipment for the military.

Representative Young's Official Portrait

Chairman Young's official portrait, dedicated to his tenure as Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations.  Every Chairman of the Appropriations Committee since the 1860s has had his portrait hung in the Capitol commemorating his service. 

Young has also been a leading advocate for increased biomedical research.  During his Chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee, he successfully led the effort in Congress to double federal medical research funding over five years.  He has likewise led the fight for federal funding for a variety of medical issues, including an increased immunization rate for preschoolers, improved public health programs nationwide, and cures for Parkinsonís and Alzheimerís Diseases.

In 1986, Young was instrumental in founding a national registry for bone marrow donors.  Now named the "C.W. Bill Young Marrow Donor Recruitment and Research Program" in his honor, the registry lists more than five million volunteer donors for patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases and has served as a model for similar programs throughout the world.

Throughout his career of public service, Young has been a strong advocate for the needs of Pinellas County.  Among other issues, he has worked to ease congestion along U.S. Highway 19; attract high-tech jobs to St. Petersburg; improve health care for low-income children and families; protect neighboring MacDill Air Force Base; build a state of the art medical center for veterans at Bay Pines; and offset the effects of erosion on the areaís beaches.

Young, 74, was born in Harmarville, Pennsylvania, and moved to the St. Petersburg area at the age of 15.  Before being sworn into Congress in 1970, Young served ten years in the Florida State Senate.

Congressman Young has three adult children, and he and his wife, Mrs. Beverly Angello Young, have three sons, Rob, 28, Billy, 21, and Patrick, 18.

Updated June 7, 2005

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