WASHINGTON, D.C. (970WFLA) - According to a statement form the Congressman's family, Rep. Bill Young is "gravely ill."
Young is the longest-serving Republican member of Congress, having served from 1971 until he announced his retirement last week.
Young, a native of Harmarville, PA, spent his childhood in a coal-mining town before relocating to Florida when he was 16. Young attended St. Petersburg High School, but dropped out to take care of his ill mother and was wounded in a hunting accident.
When Young was 18, he joined the Army National Guard and served from 1948 to 1957. After finishing his service, he worked as an insurance company and ultimately ran an insurance agency.
Young was elected to the Florida Senate in 1960, where he served on several committes until 1970.
Young was then elected to the US House of Representatives and reelected 20 times.
The full statement reads:
"U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young's condition turned for the worse over night and he is gravely ill. His doctors say his prognosis is guarded."