Congressman Don Young (R-AK) referred to his Democratic colleague Democratic freshman Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington State as a "young lady" after he became irritated by her according to the Associated Press. Ms. Jayapal is fifty-one years old and has an MBA from Northwestern University. She also entered Georgetown University at age 16.
Veteran Alaska Rep. Don Young has apologized after addressing a 51-year-old female colleague as “young lady” and saying “doesn’t know a damn thing what she’s talking about.” Young, 84, is a Republican in his 23rd term as Alaska’s sole House member. In a House floor debate Thursday night, Young was offering an amendment about wildlife management on national preserves in his state when Democratic freshman Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington spoke in opposition. Jayapal, who was born in India, is the first Indian-American woman in the House. Clearly angry, Young said that Jayapal “doesn’t know a damn thing what she’s talking about.” He accused her of parroting “nonsense” from a special interest group and said, “You may not know me, young lady, but I’m deeply disturbed.” Jayapal objected immediately and asked that Young’s words be stricken from the record. Young later apologized, saying he has tendency to “get very defensive about my state.”