- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Rep. Don Young will miss Tuesday’s vote for House speaker due to a death in his family.

Young spokesman Matt Shuckerow said Young’s brother, 84-year-old Russell Young of Meridian, California, has died, and the congressman will spend time with family ahead of a memorial service in the Sacramento area.

Shuckerow said Don Young, who is 81, will be sworn in upon his return.

Young has served in Congress since 1973. He was re-elected in November.

Shuckerow said by email that Young doesn’t believe Rep. John Boehner’s position as speaker is in any jeopardy. Shuckerow said that of the announced candidates for the job, Young believes Boehner is the most appropriate choice to unite House Republicans.

Young said the new Congress needs to begin governing and set aside bickering.

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