America's oldest GOP congressman tests positive for coronavirus
Rep. Don Young (R-AK) speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives (screengrab)

Rep. Don Young (R-AK) is the dean of the House of Representatives for having served longer than any other member.


Born in the summer of 1933, Young is also the oldest member of the House of Representatives.

The 87-year-old Republican announced on Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Young has served as Alaska's lone representative since winning a special election in 1973 following Nick Begich winning the seat in the 1972 election despite having died in a plane crash before the vote.