|Mississippi State Senate, District 25|
|2012 - present|
|January 3, 2016|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|Place of birth||Quitman, Mississippi|
Longwitz is a member of the Madison County Republican Party and the Madison County Tea Party.
Longwitz is a graduate of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, Georgetown University, and the University of Mississippi Law School. His professional experience includes working as a practicing attorney, federal civil prosecutor, and state attorney. Following Hurricane Katrina, he served on Governor Haley Barbour’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Longwitz served on the following committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Constitution, Vice Chair|
|• Business and Financial Institutions|
|• County Affairs|
|• Judiciary, Division A|
Longwitz's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Fix the Budget Process: "Mississippi's budgeting process is broken, and we have a real chance to fix it. Will believes the state should be required to budget just like everybody else."
- Protect Taxpayers: "We must keep the burden of debt off our children's backs. Our state is currently $4 billion in debt, and we pay about $1 million per day in principal and interest payments. Will Longwitz will make tough and fiscally prudent decisions instead of passing the burden onto citizens in the form of higher taxes."
- Strong Schools: "An educated and well-trained workforce is an investment in prosperity and growth. Will believes education spending must always be accompanied by measurable results. We owe it to ourselves and we owe it to our kids to get them the results we pay for."
- Protecting Life: "Mississippi has been rated one of the safest places in the nation for unborn children. While we have made great strides, there is more to do. We have a religious and moral obligation to protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us."
- Second Amendment: "The United States Constitution protects the rights of its citizens to keep and bear arms. The U.S. Supreme court recently affirmed this individual right, but opponents will continue to try and erode these freedoms. Public safety and the rule of law require that our lawmakers stand up for gun ownership rights."
- Workforce Training: "Mississippians need to be trained with the skills to compete for good new jobs. If we build on our existing network of employers, community colleges and other resources, we can create a steady stream of ready-to-hire, productive workers in manufacturing, agriculture, health care, energy, technology and other industries."
- Immigration and State Sovereignty: "The federal government refuses to adequately protect our borders, but the Obama administration sues states when they try to enforce immigration laws. Then taxpayers bear the burden of providing public services for people who do not pay their share into the system. Only a serious state and federal commitment to immigration enforcement can fix this cycle."
- Energy: "Mississippi is poised to be an energy leader. Oil and gas are a major part of Mississippi's economy and a major source of jobs. We must encourage and expand production and exploration. Mississippi can lead the nation in the cutting-edge field of biofuel research and production. We must encourage innovation and job growth in this exciting energy sector."
- See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011
Longwitz won the 2011 election for Mississippi Senate District 25. He defeated Sean Corcoran in the primary on August 2, 2011, and defeated Charles Barbour in a runoff primary election on August 23, 2011. Longwtiz defeated Cecilia Sampayo, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, in the general election on November 8, 2011.
|Mississippi State Senate, District 25 General Election, 2011|
|Mississippi State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary Runoff, 2011|
|Mississippi State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary, 2011|
In 2011, Longwitz received $136,070 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Will Longwitz's campaign in 2011|
|WJ Bruister Trust||$20,000|
|W T Broistar Trust||$20,000|
|J P Bruister Trust||$10,000|
|Longwitz, Will & Leigh Ann||$3,000|
|Mississippi Association Of Realtors||$3,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$136,070|
|Total Votes received in 2011||18,284|
|Cost of each vote received||$7.44|
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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.
- Business and Industry Political Education Committee: Legislator "Business and Jobs" Report Card
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Longwitz and his wife, Leigh Ann, have two daughters.
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- Will Longwitz on YouTube
- Will Longwitz on Twitter
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Mississippi Parents Campaign candidate questionnaire (dead link)
- Project Vote Smart, "William Longwitz biography," accessed September 8, 2011
- Will Longwitz for State Senate, "About," accessed September 8, 2011
- Will Longwitz for State Senate, "Issues," accessed September 8, 2011
- Mississippi Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Candidate List
- Clarion Ledger, "Longwitz, Harkins apparent winners in GOP Senate races," August 23, 2011
- WDAM "Election 2011 Runoff Results," August 23, 2011
- Sun Herald, "Legislative incumbents toppled," August 23, 2011
- Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
- StateScape, "Session Schedules," accessed July 29, 2014
- Business and Industry Political Education Committee, "Legislator 'Business & Jobs' Report Card - 2014 Legislative Session," accessed August 30, 2014
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