Billy Long

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Billy Long
Billy Long, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 7th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Roy Blunt
Personal details
Born (1955-08-11) August 11, 1955 (age 59)
Springfield, Missouri
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Barbara Long
Residence Springfield, Missouri
Occupation Auctioneer, Realtor
Religion Presbyterian
Website Official website

William H. "Billy" Long II[1] (born August 11, 1955)[2] is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 7th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. In the 2010 election, he won the open U.S. House seat vacated by incumbent Roy Blunt, who decided to run for the United States Senate.

Early life and education[edit]

Long is a fourth-generation native of Missouri. He was born in Springfield, Missouri, in 1955. He dropped out of the University of Missouri in Columbia to attend the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City. He received his Certified Auctioneer Institute designation via the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute and Trustees.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Long owned Billy Long Auctions, LLC. He was also a talk radio show host on Springfield-based station KWTO. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, National Auctioneers Association, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association, and the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors.[5]

Long also participated in the World Poker Tour participating in professional sanctioned games including the Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage and the Bellagio Cup.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2010 election[edit]

Long jumped into the race for the 7th District after Roy Blunt gave it up to make an ultimately successful run for the U. S. Senate. In the crowded seven-way Republican primary—the real contest in this heavily Republican district—Long narrowly won with 36 percent of the vote. He defeated Democratic challenger Scott Eckersley with 63 percent of the vote.

2012 election[edit]

In the 2012 general election, Long won a bid for reelection by 63.9% of votes against Democratic challenger Jim Evans (30.9%) and Libertarian candidate Kevin Craig (5.2%).[6]

2014 election[edit]

In the August 5th, 2014 primary race, Long defeated sole Republican challenger Marshall Works 62.4% to 37.6%.[7] He is set to re-face Democrat Jim Evans and Libertarian Kevin Craig in the November general election.

Committee assignments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representative William H. Long (Billy) (R-Missouri, 7th) - Biography from". LegiStorm. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  2. ^ John Bicknell 112th Congress: Billy Long, R-Mo. (7th District)) CQ Politics November 3, 2010
  3. ^ "Election". Congress.org. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  4. ^ "About Billy Long". Billy Long for Congress. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  5. ^ "About Billy Long". Billy Long for Congress. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  6. ^ Nov 6, 2012 General Election. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  7. ^ "2014 Missouri House Primaries Results". Politico. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Roy Blunt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 7th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
James Lankford
R-Oklahoma
United States Representatives by seniority
314th
Succeeded by
Tom Marino
R-Pennsylvania