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Billy Long

Billy Long
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
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

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

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

2010 election

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

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

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

Long is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This influential House committee has jurisdiction over our nation’s telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce.

As of July 31, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has held 172 hearings and marked up and debated 60 bills. Fifty-three bills have been approved by the House and 18 bills ultimately signed by the president, thus making the Energy and Commerce Committee the most active committee in the House of Representatives.


  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. ^ Nov 6, 2012 General Election. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  7. ^ "2014 Missouri House Primaries Results".  

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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
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