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Biography

Elected: 2010, 2nd term.

Born: August 11, 1955, Springfield, MO

Home: Springfield, MO

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.

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-6536

(202) 225-5604

LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1541
Washington, DC 20515-2507

MAIN OFFICE

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LHOB- Longworth House Office Building Room 1541
Washington, DC 20515-2507

DISTRICT OFFICE

(417) 889-1800

(417) 889-4915

3232 East Ridgeview Street
Springfield, MO 65804-4076

DISTRICT OFFICE

(202) 225-6536

(202) 225-5604

3232 East Ridgeview Street
Springfield, MO 65804-4076

DISTRICT OFFICE

(417) 781-1041

(417) 781-2832

2727 East 32nd Street Suite 2
Joplin, MO 64804-3156

DISTRICT OFFICE

(202) 225-6536

(202) 225-5604

2727 East 32nd Street Suite 2
Joplin, MO 64804-3156

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(202) 225-6536

(202) 225-5604

3246 East Ridgeview Street
Springfield, MO 65804

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

3923 East Glen Abbey Drive
Springfield, MO 65809-4689

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Abortion

Ben Elleson
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Robert Kollmeier
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Health

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Legislative Director

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Immigration

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Legislative Assistant

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Labor

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Legislative Assistant

Medicare

Peter Stehouwer
Legislative Director

Military

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Legislative Assistant

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Legislative Assistant

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Trade

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Veterans

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Election Results

2014 GENERAL
Billy Long
Votes: 104,027
Percent: 63.48%
Jim Evans
Votes: 47,267
Percent: 28.84%
Kevin Craig
Votes: 12,583
Percent: 7.68%
2012 GENERAL
Billy Long
Votes: 203,565
Percent: 63.87%
Jim Evans
Votes: 98,498
Percent: 30.9%
Kevin Craig
Votes: 16,668
Percent: 5.23%
2012 PRIMARY
Billy Long
Votes: 62,917
Percent: 59.67%
Mike Moon
Votes: 22,860
Percent: 21.68%
Tom Stilson
Votes: 19,666
Percent: 18.65%
2010 GENERAL
Billy Long
Votes: 141,010
Percent: 63.39%
Scott Eckersley
Votes: 67,545
Percent: 30.37%
Kevin Craig
Votes: 13,866
Percent: 6.23%
2010 PRIMARY
Billy Long
Votes: 38,218
Percent: 36.56%
Jack Goodman
Votes: 30,401
Percent: 29.08%
Gary Nodler
Votes: 14,561
Percent: 13.93%
Darrell Moore
Votes: 9,312
Percent: 8.91%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (63%)

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