You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

C.W. ‘Bill’ Young, 82; Republican served in House for 43 years

Bill Young was a strong supporter of the military.

Mary F. Calvert/Reuters/file 2012

Bill Young was a strong supporter of the military.

WASHINGTON — C.W. ‘‘Bill’’ Young, a Florida congressman who grew up in a one-room shack and became chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and the longest-serving current Republican member of the House, died Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He was 82.

His family released a statement saying the congressman had complications of a chronic back injury that had worsened over the years. Representative Young was in a serious small-plane accident in 1970, the year he was elected to Congress.

Continue reading below

A genteel politician known for his pompadour and easygoing bonhomie, Representative Young was in his 22d term in the House of Representatives.

‘‘He would be your classic gentleman member of Congress,’’ Susan McManus, a political scientist, said. ‘‘His strong suit was his leadership in the House.’’

Representative Young revealed earlier this month that he would not seek reelection. His district includes sections of St. Petersburg and Clearwater on Florida’s Gulf Coast. He was considered a wise veteran of many legislative battles.

‘‘Not a day went by without a colleague seeking Bill’s counsel as he sat on his perch in the corner of the House floor,’’ Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, said in a statement. ‘‘Here was a man who had seen it all and accomplished much.’’

As a longtime member of the Appropriations Committee and its chairman from 1998 through 2004, Representative Young was adept at steering funds to his district and state. He was credited with helping to save MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa from being closed in a base-reduction effort.

Charles William Young was born in Harmarville, Pa.

He had served in Congress so long that 46 House colleagues had not been born when he was first elected in 1970. During the recent standoff over the federal government shutdown, he criticized an ‘‘outspoken minority’’ of his own party.

Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.