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Praise for U.S. Rep. Bill Young

Published:   |   Updated: October 18, 2013 at 09:35 PM

“He accomplished more in his life than most could ever dream of. He was a soldier, a statesman, a leader, a friend, father, and a grandfather. This world will never see another like him.’’

BILL YOUNG II

“Tonight, our country lost a national treasure; our state lost its finest representative; our city lost its biggest advocate; and me - my friend and mentor. God bless Congressman C. W. Bill Young and his family. Well done good and faithful servant.”

ST. PETERSBURG MAYOR BILL FOSTER

“He was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He was also a man who served our community in more ways than one: first in uniform and later in public office. Bill Young represented what a public servant should be. Country before party, progress before partisanship, and service above self. He was my friend, a friend to Tampa, and a friend to anyone who has worn this country’s uniform.

TAMPA MAYOR BOB BUCKHORN

“Largely because of Bill Young, many of our nation’s brave men and women in uniform have called Florida home at some point in their careers, with many of them spending their golden retirement years here. Throughout Bill’s career, our military and veterans have had no greater champion than him.”

FLORIDA SEN. MARCO RUBIO

“He will be remembered as a passionate advocate for the welfare of America’s service members and military veterans. Though his loss will be felt by many, his legacy and commitment to a strong national defense will always inspire us.’’

CHUCK HAGEL, U.S. Secretary of Defense

“It’s only been a week since we began trying to imagine the House without Bill Young - an impossible task in its own right - and now he is gone. In our sorrow, we recall how not a day went by without a colleague seeking Bill’s counsel as he sat on his perch in the corner of the House floor. Looking out for our men and women in uniform was his life’s work, and no one was better at it. No one was kinder, too.”

SPEAKER OF THE U.S. HOUSE JOHN BOEHNER

“Ann and I join all Floridians as we mourn the passing of Representative Bill Young. As Florida’s longest serving member of Congress, Bill will be remembered as a true statesman and champion for the Tampa Bay area.”

FLA. GOV. RICK SCOTT

“He was an absolute giant in Florida politics. He was a true gentleman, kind to all.”

FORMER FLA. GOV. CHARLIE CRIST

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