Wendy Long

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Wendy Long
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Long in 2012
Wendy Elizabeth Stone

(1960-06-21) June 21, 1960 (age 60)
EducationDartmouth College (BA)
Northwestern University (JD)
Political partyRepublican
Arthur Long
(m. 1998)

Wendy Elizabeth Long (née Stone; born June 21, 1960) is an American attorney from New York. A Republican, Long ran for the United States Senate in 2012 and in 2016, losing to incumbent Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, respectively.

Early life and education[edit]

Wendy Elizabeth Stone was born on June 21, 1960, in Worcester, Massachusetts,[1][2] but grew up in a small town in New Hampshire. She was "raised as a Congregationalist in a New England Yankee family."[2]

Long graduated from Dartmouth College and later attended Northwestern University School of Law where she served as an editor of the Northwestern University Law Review.[3] During her third year of law school, Long studied at Harvard Law School and was graduated with distinctions cum laude and Order of the Coif, in 1995. Long has also studied as a Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute.[4]

Law career[edit]

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.[5] Long later served as a litigation partner for the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, LLP in New York City.[5]

In 2005, Long helped to found the Judicial Confirmation Network (now known as the Judicial Crisis Network), where she served as chief counsel.[6] 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 Harriet Miers,[5] Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court of the United States.[7] Long also played a prominent role in opposing the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.[8][9][10][better source needed] In 2007, Long became a legal advisor to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.[11]

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.[6][citation needed]

Political campaigns[edit]

2012 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

In 2012, 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.[12][13] 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%.[14] 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.[15][16]

Long lost the general election for United States Senate to Kirsten Gillibrand by 46 percentage points.[17]

Long's supporter and college friend from Dartmouth, Dinesh D'Souza, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2014 for violating the federal campaign election law by making illegal contributions to Long's 2012 Senate campaign in the names of others.[18]

2016 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

In March 2016, Long announced a challenge to Chuck Schumer for his seat in the US Senate.[19] She launched her campaign on March 3 and lost the election on November 8 by 43 percentage points.[20]

Long endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 United States presidential election, although she received no endorsement in return. She cited mosques in Syracuse, New York as the reason for increased crime.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Long married Arthur S. Long, an attorney with the firm of Gibson Dunn,[22] in 1998.[1] Long resides in New York City with her husband and their two children.[23]

Long was raised as a Congregationalist, but converted to Catholicism at age 35.[2][24] She is a member of the Church of Our Saviour in Manhattan and serves as a catechism teacher.[25]

Long served as a member of the New York City Parks Mounted Auxiliary Unit.[26]


  • Long, Wendy E. (April 20, 2012). "Financial Regulation is Hurting New York". New York City: The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 6, 2012.
  • Long, Wendy E. (September 5, 2005). "With His Boots On". New York City: National Review. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  • Long, Wendy E. (June 23, 2008). "Bearing Witness". Claremont Review of Books. Claremont, California: The Claremont Institute. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  • Long, Wendy E. (October 10, 2008). "President's choice: An activist Supreme Court". The Washington Times. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  • Long, Wendy E. (November 26, 2008). "The Law on Terror". The American Spectator. New York City: Al Regnery. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  • Long, Wendy E. (February 10, 2009). "Obama's legal extremists: Today, the Senate vets pro-porn Obama appointee". The Washington Times. Retrieved May 29, 2009.


  1. ^ a b "Weddings; Wendy Stone, Arthur Long". The New York Times. November 8, 1998.
  2. ^ a b c Frawley Desmond, Joan (October 16, 2012). "Catholic Convert Carries Her Faith Into N.Y. Senate Race". National Catholic Register. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "Wendy Long". fed-soc.org. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "The Federalist Society". Archived from the original on October 24, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "CSPAN Program Segment". October 5, 2005. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Wendy E. Long biography at The Judicial Confirmation Network
  7. ^ "Wendy Letter to GOP Chairs". February 17, 2012. Retrieved February 17, 2012.
  8. ^ Wendy E. Long (October 10, 2008). "President's choice". The Washington Times.
  9. ^ Wendy E. Long (February 10, 2009). "Obama's legal extremists". The Washington Times.
  10. ^ Long, JCN Statement on nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court
  11. ^ "Monroe Conservative Party endorses Wendy Long as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's challenger". March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  12. ^ Ferris, Joleen (March 17, 2012). "NYS Republican Convention held in Rochester, three candidates to square off in primary". NY1.
  13. ^ Reisman, Nick. "Three Challengers Of Senator Gillibrand Reach The Primary Ballot". NY1. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "Wendy Long captures Senate Republican primary, will face Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand". lohud.com. June 27, 2012. Archived from the original on January 11, 2013.
  16. ^ Lewis, William (June 20, 2012). "Long would champion small gov't is elected to U.S. Senate". timesledger.com. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
  17. ^ "Election 2012 Results NY Senate Gillibrand vs Long". CNN.
  18. ^ "Dinesh D'Souza Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court to Five Years of Probation for Campaign Finance Fraud". FBI. September 23, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2017. Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that DINESH D’SOUZA was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to five years of probation, with eight months during the first year to be served in a community confinement center, after having pled guilty to violating the federal campaign election law by making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others. D’SOUZA was sentenced today before U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman.
  19. ^ Tumulty, Brian. "Wendy Long may run against Sen. Chuck Schumer in November". The Journal News. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  20. ^ Simpson, Amy (March 3, 2016). "Wendy Long Announces Candidacy For U.S. Senate". My Twin Tiers. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  21. ^ "GOP Senate candidate Wendy Long links rising crime with Syracuse mosque". Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  22. ^ "Gibson Dunn - Long, Arthur S." www.gibsondunn.com. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  23. ^ "A Senate Hopeful Veers From Republican Mainstream, and Toward Donald Trump". Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  24. ^ Long, Wendy (September 29, 2016). "Unknown". The World Over with Raymond Arroyo (television). Interviewed by Raymond Arroyo. EWTN. Cite uses generic title (help)
  25. ^ "Legal eagle Wendy Long for the Gillibrand seat?". March 2, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2012.
  26. ^ 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.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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