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Former school teacher Don Young began his political career as mayor of Fort Yukon, Alaska in 1964. He went on to the Alaska State Legislature where he served in the State House from 1966-1970, and in the State Senate from 1970-1973. In 1973, he became Alaska’s only Representative in the United States House of Representatives. He was on the 1972 ballot, but his democratic opponent, Nick Begich, won the election, despite his having disappeared in an airplane crash while campaigning. Young won the seat during a special election held in March 1973. After twenty terms, Don Young continues to represent Alaskans today. He has been involved in key issues such as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and establishing the 200-mile fishing limit off Alaska's coast.