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9:12 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Former Aide to C.W. Bill Young Launches Bid for Seat

Although David Jolly has spent much of his career working in Washington as an aide to the late congressman, Jolly launched his bid in front of the Indian Shores municipal building by declaring: "This race is about ensuring that somebody from Pinellas County is elected to represent our communities and our neighbors." And, he added, with Young's widow Beverly standing near him, "We're going to win this race."
Declaring himself "a Bill Young Republican," David Jolly officially kicked off his congressional campaign on Thursday, the same day that two other strong potential GOP candidates decided to bow out.
11:46 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Jessica Ehrlich Ends Campaign to Succeed Bill Young

Jessica Ehrlich

Jessica Ehrlich has just announced she's won't seek the Democratic nomination to succeed C.W. Bill Young, who recently passed away.

Ehrlich unsuccessfully challenged Young two years ago, and was considered the front-runner - until Alex Sink entered the picture. Sink, who ran for governor against Rick Scott, announced recently she's moving from her home in Thonotosassa in Hillsborough County to campaign for the Pinellas-based Congressional seat.

Here's Ehrlich's statement:

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3:42 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

C.W. Bill Young Laid to Rest

House Speaker John Boehner
James Borchuck Pool photo

Funeral services were held today for U.S. Rep. Bill Young, who died last week after 43 years in Congress.

Several hundred people gathered at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in Largo to honor Young. He died Friday at 82.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England and Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, were among those who eulogized Young.

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9:33 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Hundreds Show Up to Honor Bill Young

The Seminole Republican who represented District 13 in Congress for 43 years died Friday, and the visitation was the first of two opportunities for those who knew him personally or through his work to say goodbye. Today's funeral in Largo is expected to draw thousands, including nationally known politicians and military brass.
PINELLAS PARK - U.S. Rep. Bill Young's body and his family have arrived ahead of this afternoon's public visitation at the C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center, where a large crowd is expected. Drivers are advised to avoid the Gateway area just north of Gandy Boulevard, between U.S.
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5:08 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Charlie Crist Not Welcome at Young's Funeral

Young and wife Beverly stand beside a lab complex at the National Institute of Health that bears his name
Credit Bill Branson / National Institute of Health

Though many politicians will be attending Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young's memorial service this Thursday, one in particular was told to stay away. Young's widow, Beverly, sent an e-mail to former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, telling him he is not welcome at the service.

Dr. Susan MacManus, political scientist at the University of South Florida, says her guess is Mrs. Young didn't want a spectacle that turned into a political event...

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3:31 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio File Bill to Rename Bay Pines VA Center after Bill Young

Both of Florida's U.S. Senators - Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio - are filing legislation in the Senate to rename the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines after the late U.S. Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young. 

Their legislation will be a companion to a House bill introduced by Rep. Jeff Miller that may be voted on as early as Wednesday. Young, who died Friday, is credited with bringing an expansion of  the VA center in his home district in Pinellas County. 

Here's a statement from Rubio:

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9:43 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Bill Young Lived in Pain During Final Years, Wife Says

Bill Young, 82, who served 43 years in Congress, “was concerned with the direction the country was going in,” said Bev Young two days after her husband died surrounded by family and friends at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. “He was concerned with the administration’s leadership or lack of leadership. At one point he wanted to retire, but he was very scared for the troops, because he was afraid if he left, whoever took his place wouldn’t see to it they had the equipment and armor they needed to go into some of the wars they were sent into.”
For the last two years of his life, Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young was in constant, searing pain, but put off thoughts of retirement because there was too much to do, Bev Young, his wife of 26 years, said in an interview Sunday night. "It was horrible," said Bev Young, "He just sucked it up.
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6:55 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Memorial Service Planned for C.W. Bill Young

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Funeral arrangements have been set for for U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, 82, who died Friday night at a military hospital just outside Washington, D.C.

The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that one of the speakers will be House Speaker John Boehner.

Visitation for the public will be held Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center, 2801 Grand Ave. in Pinellas Park.

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7:59 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

C.W. Bill Young, Dean of Florida Congressmen, Dies at 82

22-term U.S. Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young died Friday. He was Florida's longest-serving member of Congress at the time of his death.
Credit U.S. Congress

C.W. Bill Young, whose political career took him from the minority party in the Florida Senate to control of the U.S. House budget committee,  died at 6:50 p.m. today. He was 82.

Family attorney David Jolly said the family have notified the offices of the speaker of the U.S. House and the governor of Florida of Young’s death and the vacancy in the 13th Congressional District.

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