Rep. Don Young, the longest-serving Republican currently in the House of Representatives, was reprimanded today by the House Ethics Committee, which ruled he violated House rules by improperly using campaign funds for personal use and accepting gifts without proper disclosure.
After a 14-month investigation, the panel issued Young a letter of reproval and ordered the Alaska Republican to repay $59,063.74 to his campaign and donors.
“I accept the House Committee on Ethics’ report and regret the oversights it has identified,” Young wrote in a statement Friday. “There were a number of instances where I failed to exercise due care in complying with the House’s Code of Conduct and for that I apologize.”
The 21-term congressman was found to have accepted gifts and expenses related to 15 hunting trips occurring between 2001 and 2013.
Young has already repaid that money, according to both the committee and congressman.
“I have made each of the payments recommended by the Committee and have taken significant steps since 2007 to strengthen my office’s polices for compliance with the Code of Conduct to ensure that these types of oversights do not happen again,” he stated. “It is through these actions that I show my colleagues and Alaskans that I fully respect the House Rules and will continue to comply with them now and in the future.”
He must also amend several financial disclosure reports through that period.
In April 2010, Young asked the committee to review certain gifts he had received after the Department of Justice launched an inquiry, which also ended today.
“I am pleased that today’s decision represents the conclusion of an extended inquiry by both the Department of Justice and the House Committee on Ethics and I will continue to faithfully serve the people of Alaska,” he noted.