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Phone: 202-225-6536

Address: 1541 LHOB, DC 20515

Websites: long.house.gov
State Office Contact Information

Phone: (417) 889-1800

Address: 3232 East Ridgeview Street, Springfield MO 65804-4076

Joplin MO

Phone: (417) 781-1041

Fax: (417) 781-2832

Address: 2727 East 32nd Street, Joplin MO 64804-3156

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Billy Long Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Missouri 7
  • Born: Aug. 11, 1955, Springfield
  • Home: Springfield
  • Education:

    U. of MO, attended.

  • Professional Career:

    Talk show host, 1999-2006; realtor, 1978-2010; owner, Billy Long Auctions.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Presbyterian

  • Family: Married (Barbara); 2 children

Republican Billy Long took the seat of GOP Rep. Roy Blunt after Blunt ran successfully for the Senate in 2010. Long couldn’t differ more stylistically from the polished Blunt. His orientation is tea party rather than K Street, and his campaign motto was an anti-Beltway “Fed Up!” But he has displayed an occasional willingness to forge alliances with Democrats. Read More

Republican Billy Long took the seat of GOP Rep. Roy Blunt after Blunt ran successfully for the Senate in 2010. Long couldn’t differ more stylistically from the polished Blunt. His orientation is tea party rather than K Street, and his campaign motto was an anti-Beltway “Fed Up!” But he has displayed an occasional willingness to forge alliances with Democrats.

Long grew up in Springfield, where he developed an interest in Republican politics at an early age. When he was 9 years old, he told the Springfield News-Leader he would ride his bike to pass out bumper stickers for a Greene County sheriff’s candidate who was the brother of a family friend. A few years later, he taught his dog a trick: He would ask, “Little Bear, would you rather be a Democrat or a dead dog?” The family pet responded by flopping over and sticking his feet in the air. While still a teenager, Long was given responsibility, along with his sister, for running his family’s miniature golf course. After briefly attending the University of Missouri to study business, he became interested in real estate and attended auction school, eventually starting a company that would conduct as many as 200 auctions a year. He moved into radio in 1999, spending six years as a morning-drive talk show host for an AM station covering all of southwest Missouri.

When Blunt decided to seek the Senate seat held by retiring GOP incumbent Christopher (Kit) Bond in 2010, Long ran as a plain-talking conservative who would clamp down on federal spending and set Congress straight. And he billed his lack of experience in elected office as a plus. “We have enough political experience in Washington, D.C., to choke a horse,” he told the Associated Press. “That’s exactly the problem.” He prevailed in the GOP primary over seven other candidates, including two veteran state senators, with more than 37% of the vote.

In the fall, Long’s Democratic opponent was former gubernatorial aide Scott Eckersley, who sought to make an issue of racist remarks that Long was accused of making at a bar that featured strippers and illegal gambling tables—a claim that Long dismissed as a “flat-out lie.” Long, meanwhile, campaigned in support of a constitutional amendment to limit the federal government’s taxation powers and of repeal of the Democrats’ health care law. He said he would oppose all earmarks added to spending bills. He wore a cowboy hat and inveighed against “elitist politicians.” Long won with 63% of the vote to Eckersley’s 30%.

In the House, Long made good on his promise to try to change Washington’s ways. He voted against several spending resolutions and for a conservative-drafted budget with even deeper cuts than the version by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. A Long bill that attracted widespread support but did not move, called for ensuring that the Environmental Protection Agency does not impose regulations intended for hazardous-waste cleanups on livestock operations. He adamantly opposed President Barack Obama’s January 2013 proposals to reduce gun violence, including limiting the sale of ammunition clips to those holding 10 rounds or fewer. “If you’re lying in bed at 4 in the morning and four people kick your door in, would you like to be restricted to five shots or six shots?” he asked the News-Leader.

Long’s lack of polish showed at times. Not long after his arrival in Washington, he posed for a photo with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a heretical act to conservatives. He drew widespread criticism in July 2011 for comparing on Twitter the spending habits of Congress with singer Amy Winehouse, who died from drug and alcohol addictions. He later apologized for the comparison. But he also won bipartisan praise for his role in the federal disaster response to the deadly Joplin, Mo., tornado, working closely with the Obama administration to provide funding to the ravaged area. “It was a lot heaped onto a freshman,” Missouri Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay told the News-Leader. “But you could see him right before our eyes grow into the job and grow into his responsibility.”

Some of Long’s votes—such as supporting a raise in the federal debt limit and reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank—annoyed conservatives back home, and he drew a primary challenge in 2012. But Republicans Mike Moon and Tom Stilson split the anti-Long vote, and the incumbent won easily with 60%. After the election, GOP leaders gave Long a coveted seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Billy Long Election Results
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2012 General
Billy Long (R)
Votes: 203,565
Percent: 63.87%
Jim Evans (D)
Votes: 98,498
Percent: 30.9%
Kevin Craig
Votes: 16,668
Percent: 5.23%
2012 Primary
Billy Long (R)
Votes: 62,917
Percent: 59.67%
Mike Moon
Votes: 22,860
Percent: 21.68%
Tom Stilson (R)
Votes: 19,666
Percent: 18.65%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (63%)
Billy Long Votes and Bills
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Economic 18 (L) : 80 (C) 4 (L) : 95 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 27 (L) : 71 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 28 (L) : 70 (C) 16 (L) : 84 (C)
Composite 11.7 (L) : 88.3 (C) 15.0 (L) : 85.0 (C) 16.3 (L) : 83.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
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ITIC-92
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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