In November, Young was elected to his 20th term in Congress. He's now serving as chairman for the Natural Resources Committee's subcommittee on Alaska Native and Indian Affairs.
Young has faced a tough primary challenge just once before: in 2008, when another Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate, then-Lt. Gov. (now Gov.) Sean Parnell (R) launched a bid against him. Young bested Parnell by just 304 votes. Much like Murkowski, Young has also come under fire recently from conservatives for his heavy use of earmarks, a popular rallying cry among the Tea Party right.