Billy Long

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Billy Long
Billy Long official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Roy Blunt
Personal details
Born (1955-08-11) August 11, 1955 (age 61)
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 currently serving as the incumbent U.S. Representative for Missouri's 7th congressional district since 2011. The district includes much of the southwestern quadrant of the state and is anchored in Springfield. The district also includes Joplin and the popular tourist destination of Branson.

A member of the Republican Party, he was elected to fill the district's vacant seat in the 2010 midterm elections following the successful election of its then-incumbent Roy Blunt to the U.S. Senate.

Long has been criticized for his propensity for spending large amounts of campaign funds on junkets to Las Vegas, where he participates in poker tournaments.[citation needed]

Early life and education[edit]

Long is a fourth-generation native of Missouri. He was born in Springfield in 1955. He attended the University of Missouri and was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity prior to dropping out 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 the 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]


Long joined the race for the 7th Congressional District after incumbent U.S. Representative Roy Blunt chose to run for the U.S. Senate seat that was being vacated by Kit Bond. In the crowded seven-way Republican primary—the de facto real election in the most Republican district in the state—Long narrowly won with 36 percent of the vote. He easily defeated Democratic challenger Scott Eckersley by a nearly two-to-one margin of victory.

2010 Election for U.S. Representative of Missouri's 7th Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Billy Long 141,010 63.39
Democratic Scott Eckersley 67,545 30.37
Libertarian Kevin Craig 13,866 6.23
Write-in Others 10 0.00


2012 Election for U.S. Representative of Missouri's 7th Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Billy Long 203,565 63.87
Democratic Jim Evans 98,498 30.90
Libertarian Kevin Craig 16,668 5.23
Write-in Others 9 0.00


In the August 5th, 2014 primary race, Long defeated sole Republican challenger Marshall Works 62.4% to 37.6%.[6]

2014 Election for U.S. Representative of Missouri's 7th Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Billy Long 104,054 63.46
Democratic Jim Evans 47,282 28.84
Libertarian Kevin Craig 12,584 7.68
Write-in Others 37 0.02


Since 2011 Rep. Long has sponsored 14 bills, one resolution and one concurrent resolution, and co-sponsored 844 other pieces of legislation.[7]

Committee assignments[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". 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. ^ "2014 Missouri House Primaries Results". Politico. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Billy Long". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 

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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
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
James Lankford
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Tom Marino