Notable Nevadans

REMEMBERING JUSTICE CLIFF YOUNG

HON. DEAN HELLER

OF NEVADA

IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE

April 14, 2016

MR. HELLER. Mr. President, today, I wish to remember a former Nevada Supreme Court Justice, Congressman, and State Senator, C. Clifton “Cliff” Young, a true Nevada statesman and dedicated public servant. I send my condolences and prayers to his wife, four children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren during this difficult time. Although he will be sorely missed, his legendary influence throughout the Silver State will continue on.

Justice Young was born in 1922 in Lovelock and earned his degree from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1943. He later served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II, earning the rank of major. As one of our nation’s service members, he made exceptional sacrifices for our country and deserves our deepest gratitude. His service to his country, as well as his bravery and dedication to his family and community, earn him a place in history among the many outstanding men and women who have contributed to our nation and the Silver State.

Following his time in the United States Army, Justice Young earned his law degree from Harvard Law School. In 1952, he was elected to represent the State of Nevada in the United States Congress, where he served two terms. From 1966 to 1980, Justice Young continued his public service as a State Senator in the Nevada State Senate. He then served for 18 years on the Nevada Supreme Court, where he served as Chief Justice twice, and retired in 2002. Throughout his tenure, Justice Young was inducted into the Nevada Legislature’s Hall of Fame and was honored with the federal court house in Reno being named after him. With his passing, Nevada lost a great man who is immortalized for his service to our nation and the Nevada community. I extend my deepest gratitude for all of his work on behalf of our state. His years of service will be remembered for generations to come.   

For over half a century, Justice Young demonstrated only the highest level of excellence and dedication while serving in the United States Congress, Nevada State Senate, and on the Nevada Supreme Court. Our state is fortunate to have had a public servant of such commitment and unwavering devotion, and I am deeply appreciative of his hard work and invaluable contributions to our state. Today, I join citizens across the Silver State in celebrating the life of an upstanding Nevadan, Justice Cliff Young.