From Erika Bolstad in Washington D.C. --
After a decade in the same quarters, Rep. Don Young is moving to a new office within the Rayburn House Office Building.
The Alaska Republican decided this year to enter the annual lottery for new, upgraded digs. Based on his seniority – he was just re-elected to his 20th term -- Young snagged one of two "super suites" available. He'll be moving up two floors, to 2314 Rayburn House Office Building.
On busy days, Young noted, the old office got cramped, forcing meetings to occasionally be held in the hallways.
"I like for my office to be a bit of a home away from home for visiting Alaskans and a place where they feel welcome," Young said. "I hope that this new, more spacious, and comfortable office will enhance the experience for our visitors and encourage even more people to come visit us."
And yes, the bearskin that greeted visitors when they first entered his old office will loom over the entrance of the new office, too, said spokeswoman Meredith Kenny. They've also unearthed what Kenny described as "really great pieces of history" from Young's tenure in office. Those pieces will be posted on the congressman's website in the coming week.
The office phone number will remain the same: (202) 225-5765. The Washington D.C. office will be closed Monday while his staff sets it up.