Wendy Long

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Wendy Long
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Personal details
Born Wendy Elizabeth Stone
(1960-06-21) June 21, 1960 (age 56)
Worcester, Massachusetts,
Political party Republican
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Northwestern University

Wendy Elizabeth Long (née Stone; born 1960) is an American litigation attorney. She is the nominee of the Republican Party, Conservative Party of New York State and Reform Party of the United States of America for the United States Senate in New York. Wendy will be running against Democratic incumbent Chuck Schumer. Long was the nominee of the Republican Party and the Conservative Party of New York State in November 2012 for the United States Senate in New York. She lost the general election to incumbent Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand by 4,822,330 votes (72.22%) to 1,758,702 votes (26.34%). Her margin of defeat, 46 percentage points, is the largest margin of defeat for any statewide candidate in New York history.


Following her graduation from Dartmouth College, Long attended Northwestern University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.[1] During her third year of law school, Long studied at Harvard Law School. Long graduated from Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude and Order of the Coif, in 1995. Long has also studied as a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute.[2]


Long served as a law clerk for Judge Ralph K. Winter on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City, and then clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States.[3] Long later served as a litigation partner for the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, LLP in New York City.[3]

In 2005, Long helped to found the Judicial Confirmation Network (now known as the Judicial Crisis Network), where she served as chief counsel.[4] Long has advocated for judicial restraint through media and public speaking, participated in discussion and debate on U.S. Circuit Court and U.S. Supreme Court nominations, and led public support or opposition to various judicial nominees. She supported the confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court of the United States.[5] Long also played a prominent role in opposing the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.[6][7][8] In 2007, Long became a legal advisor to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.[9]

Long has also served as press secretary for two Republican U.S. Senators, William L. Armstrong from Colorado and Gordon J. Humphrey from New Hampshire.[4]

2012 Senate candidacy[edit]

Long challenged Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the November 6, 2012 general election for United States Senate. On March 16, 2012, Long received 47% of the New York State Republican convention vote, with Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos receiving 27% and Congressman Bob Turner receiving 25%; all three candidates attained access to the ballot for the Republican primary.[10][11] Long prevailed by a sizable margin in the June 26 Republican primary, receiving 50.9% of the vote; Turner received 35.6% of the vote and Maragos 13.5%.[12] Long was designated as the nominee for the Conservative Party of New York State, having received 91% percent of the delegate vote at the Conservative Party's state convention; thus, Long appeared on both the Republican and Conservative lines in the November 6 general election for U.S. Senate.[13][14]

Long's U.S. Senate candidacy was endorsed by National Republican Senate Committee chairman Senator John Cornyn, former Governor George Pataki, former Representative Rick Lazio, Representative Bob Turner, Grover Norquist, the American Conservative Union PAC, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, The New York Post, former Conservative gubernatorial candidate Herbert London, the National Organization for Marriage, the Susan B. Anthony List, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms PAC, and several current and former Republican candidates and elected officials. Long also carried the support of Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum political action committee.[15]

Long lost the general election for United States Senate to Kirsten Gillibrand by more than 40 percentage points.[16]

Long announced in March 2016 that she will challenge Chuck Schumer for his seat in the US Senate.[17] She launched her campaign on March 3.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Long was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, as Wendy Elizabeth Stone.[19] She married Arthur S. Long in 1998.[19] Long resides in New York City with her husband and their two children. She is not related to Michael R. Long, the chairman of the Conservative Party of New York State.[20]

Long is a current member of the Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. She is an active member of the Church of Our Saviour in Manhattan and serves as a catechism teacher.[21] Long also serves as a member of the New York City Parks Mounted Auxiliary Unit.[22]

Long endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 United States presidential election.



  1. ^ http://www.fed-soc.org/publications/author/wendy-long
  2. ^ "The Federalist Society". Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "CSPAN Program Segment". October 5, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Wendy E. Long biography at The Judicial Confirmation Network
  5. ^ "Wendy Letter to GOP Chairs". February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ Wendy E. Long (October 10, 2008). "President's choice". The Washington Times. 
  7. ^ Wendy E.Long (February 10, 2009). "Obama's legal extremists". The Washington Times. 
  8. ^ Long, JCN Statement on nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court
  9. ^ "Monroe Conservative Party endorses Wendy Long as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's challenger". March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ Ferris, Joleen. 17, 2012 "NYS Republican Convention held in Rochester, three candidates to square off in primary" Check |url= value (help). NY1. 
  11. ^ Reisman, Nick. "Three Challengers Of Senator Gillibrand Reach The Primary Ballot". NY1. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Long wins NY Senate GOP primary to face Gillibrand". online.wsj.com. June 27, 2012. Archived from the original on June 28, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.lohud.com/article/20120627/NEWS05/306270079/Wendy-Long-captures-Senate-Republican-primary-will-face-Sen-Kirsten-Gillibrand?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CNews%7Cp
  14. ^ http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/25/lewis_all_2012_06_21_q.html
  15. ^ "Candidates endorsed by Eagle Forum PAC, October 31, 2012". eagleforum.org. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ CNN http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/results/state/NY/senate.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ Tumulty, Brian. "Wendy Long may run against Sen. Chuck Schumer in November". The Journal News. Retrieved February 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ Simpson, Amy (March 3, 2016). "Wendy Long Announces Candidacy For U.S. Senate". My Twin Tiers. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Weddings; Wendy Stone, Arthur Long". The New York Times. November 8, 1998. 
  20. ^ Lovett, Kenneth (February 28, 2012). Wendy Long (No Relation to Mike) To Do Listening Tour. Daily News (New York). Retrieved June 1, 2012.
  21. ^ "Legal eagle Wendy Long for the Gillibrand seat?". March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  22. ^ Editor, Nina Bahadur Deputy; Women, HuffPost (October 15, 2012). "Female Candidate Watch: Meet U.S. Senate Candidate Wendy Long". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 

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