Will Longwitz

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Will Longwitz
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Mississippi State Senate, District 25
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthQuitman, Mississippi
Office website
Campaign website
William "Will" Longwitz is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.

Longwitz is a member of the Madison County Republican Party and the Madison County Tea Party.[1]


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.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Longwitz served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Constitution, Vice Chair
Business and Financial Institutions
County Affairs
Judiciary, Division A


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Longwitz served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Longwitz's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • 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, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election on November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 27, 2015.[4] No Democratic candidates filed for election. William Billingsley will face incumbent Will Longwitz in the Republican primary.[5]


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.[6][7][8][9]

Mississippi State Senate, District 25 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Longwitz 73.7% 18,284
     Democratic Cecilia Sampayo 26.3% 6,540
Total Votes 24,824
Mississippi State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary Runoff, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Longwitz 53.7% 5,848
Charles Barbour 46.3% 5,049
Total Votes 10,897
Mississippi State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Barbour 47.3% 6,771
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Longwitz 49.8% 7,129
Sean Corcoran 2.9% 420
Total Votes 14,320

Campaign donors


In 2011, Longwitz received $136,070 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

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.[11]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[12]


Longwitz and his wife, Leigh Ann, have two daughters.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Michel
Mississippi State Senate District 25
Succeeded by