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William H. Long II[1] (born August 11, 1955)[2] is an American auctioneer and politician serving as the 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.

Billy Long
Billy Long 115th official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byRoy Blunt
Personal details
Born (1955-08-11) August 11, 1955 (age 63)
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Barbara Long (m. 1984)
Children2
EducationUniversity of Missouri
WebsiteHouse website

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 Roy Blunt to the U.S. Senate.

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Early life and educationEdit

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. After taking 3 years off from school, Long decided to attend a 9 day training with 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 careerEdit

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]

During a September 2018 House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on alleged anti-conservative bias on social media, far-right internet personality Laura Loomer interrupted the meeting. Long held a mock auction of Loomer's mobile phone until she was escorted out.[6][7] The incident generated considerable laughter from the audience.

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.

In September 2018, in response to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Long retweeted a post comparing attempted rape to a "kiss on the forehead" on Twitter.[8]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

 
Long's first official photo

2010Edit

Republican PrimaryEdit

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.

Missouri's 7th district Republican primary, August 3, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Billy Long 38,218 36.56
Republican Jack Goodman 30,401 29.08
Republican Gary Nodler 14,561 13.93
Republican Darrell Moore 9,312 13.93
Republican Jeff Wisdom 4,552 4.35
Republican Mike Moon 4,473 4.28
Republican Steve Hunter 2,173 2.08
Republican Michael Wardell 844 0.81
Total votes 104,534 100.00

General ElectionEdit

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

2012Edit

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

2014Edit

In the August 5, 2014 primary race, Long defeated sole Republican challenger Marshall Works 62.4% to 37.6%.[9]

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

2016Edit

On August 2, Bill Long defeated Republican Candidates Nathan Clay, Christopher Batsche, Matthew Evans, Lyndle Spencer, Matthew Canovi, James Nelson and Mary Byrne in the Republican primaries.[10]

2016 Election for U.S. Representative of Missouri's 7th Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Billy Long 228,692 67.5
Democratic Genevieve Williams 92,756 27.4
Libertarian Benjamin Brixey 17,153 5.1
Write-in Others 6 0.0

2018Edit

In the 2018 Republican primaries, Congressman Long defeated Republican challengers Jim Evans, Lance Norris, and Benjamin Holcomb. In the general, he ran against Democratic Nominee Jamie Schoolcraft, who defeated democrats Kenneth Hatfield, John Farmer de la Torre, and Vincent Jennings, Long then won a landslide over Schoolcraft.[11]

2018 Election for U.S. Representative of Missouri's 7th Congressional District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Billy Long 195,872 66.3
Democratic Jamie Schoolcraft 88,642 30
Libertarian Benjamin Brixey 10,833 3.7
Write-in Others 270 0.1

LegislationEdit

Since 2011 Rep. Long has sponsored 14 bills, one resolution and one concurrent resolution, and co-sponsored 844 other pieces of legislation.[12] Long also introduced the Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions Act on March 14, 2018, which would amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980. The bill, however, has not yet passed the House of Representatives for further voting in the Senate.[13]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Political positionsEdit

National securityEdit

Long supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that “President Trump’s recent executive order on national security shows how keeping Americans safe remains one of his top priorities. Allowing agencies to reevaluate the refugee resettlement program is a commonsense approach to making sure that happens.”[16]

AbortionEdit

Congressman Long is notably Pro-Life, stating his is "100% pro-life" in his Congressional Website. Long is anti-Roe v Wade and said that the Judiciary deciding on the topic of abortion doesn't give the American people to opportunity to choose for themselves through Elected Representatives. Long said on his Congressional Website: "When the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973, it threw open the doors for abortion without giving the people an opportunity to make their views known on the issue through their elected representatives. The judicial protection for abortion has unfortunately continued in opposition to the expressed will of the majority of the people." Long is for cutting government funding to Planned Parenthood and is a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.[17]

ImmigrationEdit

Long believes in "believe in legal, regulated, and appropriate levels of immigration", according to his election website, but urges response to illegal immgiration over the American-Mexican border. Long believes illegal immigration disrupts American society, and allows for criminals, drug traffickers, and terrorists to enter the United States unchecked.[18] In a 2010 Campaign Website, Congressman Long stated, "Our nation is built upon laws. People cannot be allowed to come into our nation illegally and become a drain on taxpayer money by taking advantage of our social safety net. Billy opposes liberals' amnesty efforts, which will do nothing to stem the tide of illegal immigration. Continuing to turn our back on illegal immigration is a national security issue that drains our economy and rewards people who knowingly violate our laws. We literally can no longer afford to ignore this problem."[19]

Brett KavanaughEdit

Congressman Long was extremely for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to the Supreme Court made by President Donald Trump. Long, however, received criticism when he retweeted a picture of a little boy kissing a girl on the top of the head, with a caption that read "Exhibit A. Democrat Evidence Against Brett Kavanaugh."[20]

ReferencesEdit

  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))[permanent dead link] CQ Politics November 3, 2010
  3. ^ "Election". Congress.org. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  4. ^ "About Billy Long". Billy Long for Congress. 2010-11-02. Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  5. ^ "About Billy Long". Billy Long for Congress. 2010-11-02. Archived from the original on 2011-09-10. Retrieved 2011-07-25.
  6. ^ "Congressman drowns out protester with auction call in Twitter hearing". Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  7. ^ "WATCH: A fast-talking auctioneer-turned-Congressman drowned out this far-right protester". PBS NewsHour. Associated Press. September 5, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Congressman retweets post mocking sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh". Washington Post. 2018-09-17.
  9. ^ "2014 Missouri House Primaries Results". Politico. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2014.
  10. ^ "Missouri's 7th Congressional District election, 2016". Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Billy Long". Ballotpedia. Ballotpedia.
  12. ^ "Legislation Sponsored or Cosponsored by Billy Long". Congress.gov. Library of Congress. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  13. ^ "H.R.5275 - Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions Act". Congress. United States Congress.
  14. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Members". Congressional Constitution Caucus. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  16. ^ Blake, Aaron. "Coffman, Gardner join Republicans against President Trump's travel ban; here's where the rest stand". Denver Post. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  17. ^ Long, Billy. "Abortion". Long.House.Gov. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  18. ^ Long, Billy. "Immigration". Billy Long For Congress. Billy Long For Congress. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Billy Long on Immigration". On the Issues. On the Issues. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  20. ^ Sonmez, Felicia. "Congressman Retweets Post Mocking Sexual Assault Allegation Against Brett Kavanaugh". The Washington Post. The Washington Post.

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