Tampa, FL October 9, 2013 - Mayor Bob Buckhorn released the following statement in regards to Representative Bill Young's announcement today that he will retire from Congress at the end of his term:
"The entire Tampa area will lose an advocate in Congressman Young when he retires next year. From his support for the University of South Florida to MacDill Air Force Base to the TIGER grant for our Riverwalk, Congressman Young always fought the good fight when it came to his constituents.
"In 1991, I watched him lead the effort to save MacDill AFB from the Base Closure Commission, and his support for MacDill has never wavered since. Much of what MacDill has become can be attributed to the work of Bill Young.
"The men and women who serve our country are a passion for Bill and Beverly Young. We will always remember their quiet and unwavering support of our troops.
"While he technically did not represent Tampa, he always had Tampa Bay's best interest at heart."
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