St. Petersburg, Florida -- Voters sent C.W. "Bill" Young to the Florida State Senate back in 1960 as the only Republican in what is now a Senate dominated by the GOP.
After a decade in Tallahassee, voters in Pinellas County sent Young to Washington, where he would stay for an amazing 43 years.
As a member of the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Young directed hundreds of millions of dollars to projects in Tampa Bay.
They included investments in medical research, education, beaches, water supply, and more. At least five major facilities have been named in his honor.
Rep. Young and his wife Beverly stood up for military causes and veterans issues, and his leadership turned Pinellas County's Bay Pines VA Medical Center into one of America's best hospitals for veterans.
The House has approved changing the name of Bay Pines to the C.W. "Bill" Young VA Medical Center. The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the renaming next week.
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Grayson Kamm, 10 News