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John Andrew Young

John Andrew Young (November 10, 1916 – January 22, 2002) was a Democratic politician from Texas who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1957 to 1979.

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Young attended Incarnate Word Academy and Corpus Christi College-Academy. He earned his B.A. at St. Edward's University in 1937 and his L.L.B from the University of Texas School of Law in 1940. After starting his career as a lawyer, he served in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1945.

Young served as a lawyer for Nueces County, Texas in various positions, as assistant county attorney in 1946, assistant district attorney from 1947 to 1950, county attorney from 1951 to 1952 and county judge from 1953 to 1956. He ran successfully as a Democrat for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1956, defeating incumbent John J. Bell in the primary election and winning the general election. He took seat in 1957 and was reelected ten times.

Young came under fire in 1976 when a former female member of his staff, Colleen Gardner, accused him of requiring her to have sex with him in order to keep her job.[1] Young was married with five children at the time. His wife, Jane, committed suicide on July 13, 1977 by a gunshot to the head.[2] The scandal caused his defeat to Joseph P. Wyatt, Jr. in the primary election in 1978[3] and he left office in 1979. Afterwards, he worked as a consultant until his death on January 22, 2002. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

See also[]

  • List of federal political sex scandals in the United States


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John J. Bell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 14th congressional district

January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1979
Succeeded by
Joseph P. Wyatt, Jr.

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