ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Young has died, one week after announcing he would not seek a 23rd term. He was 82.
Young's chief of staff, Harry Glenn, said he died Friday at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He had been there for nearly two weeks with back problems that stemmed from a 1970 small plane crash. On Oct. 9, from his hospital bed, Young announced that he would not seek another term in 2014.
Young was Florida's longest-serving member of Congress and a defense hawk who was influential on military spending during his 43 years in Washington.
As one of the strongest defense supporters in Congress, Young made headlines in 2012 when he said the United States should withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.