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Billy Long
Billy Long.jpg
U.S. House, Missouri, District 7
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri (incomplete)
OtherMissouri Auction School
Date of birthAugust 11, 1955
Place of birthSpringfield, Missouri
ProfessionAuctioneer, Realtor
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Billy Long campaign logo
William H. "Billy" Long II (b. August 11, 1955) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Missouri. Long was elected by voters from Missouri's 7th congressional district. He ran for re-election in 2012. Long won the Republican nomination in the primary on August 7, 2012.[1] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Long is a "rank-and-file Republican".[3]


Long was born in Springfield, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri from 1973 to 1976, but did not finish his degree, later going back to school at the Missouri Auction School. [4]


Long owns Billy Long Auctions, LLC, and has been voted best auctioneer in the Ozarks for seven years in a row. Billy is also a former talk radio show host on KWTO AM 560 in Springfield, with a listening area that covered 95 counties, including all of the Seventh Congressional District.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Long serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Homeland Security Committee
    • Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence
    • Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
    • Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management
  • Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    • Subcommittee on Aviation
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Long lists thirteen issues. They are:[7]

  • Conservative Values
  • On his website, Long says, "A truly just and economic system is one that allows the individual to keep the fruits of his own mental and physical labor. That system is capitalism and it has done more to lift up the human condition from poverty than any other system in the history of the world. The government should not be in the business of choosing winners and losers. When the government tries to interfere in the market place, such as with bailouts, it rewards bad behavior by transferring wealth from those who made smart investments to those who made bad investments. Not only is this practice an irresponsible use of government, it leaves us poorer as a society."
  • Abortion
  • On his website, Long says, "I am 100 percent pro-life. I believe in the sanctity of human life, that life begins at conception, and in protecting the rights of the unborn."
  • Agriculture
  • On his website, Long says, "Agriculture is a vital part of the Seventh District’s economy. It is important that Congress support the growth and development of the agriculture industry by fighting for policies that will encourage economic growth in Missouri and nationwide. The United States has been the world’s leading agricultural producer for many years and with our vast natural resources we need to keep it that way. Agricultural products are a source of significant exports, which benefits our overall economy while providing Americans with a stable, safe, and nutritious food supply."
  • Education
  • On his website, Long says, "The education of our children is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The years before a child reaches kindergarten are among the most critical in his or her life. That is why I support programs such as Parents as Teachers, which was started by Senator Kit Bond. This program gives parents the resources they need to best prepare their children for school. Such programs encourage parents to become more engaged in their children’s learning process from an early age. I also believe we must do what we can to keep students engaged through their elementary and secondary education."
  • Energy & Environment
  • On his website, Long says, "We need an all-of-the-above approach to solve this problem. We haven’t built an oil refinery in this country in over 35 years. We need more oil, gas, coal and nuclear energy production combined with more wind, solar, hydropower, and geothermal energies. This will lower prices, create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen our national security."
  • Health Care
  • On his website, Long says, "People, not the government, are the source of prosperity in our country and they make the American health care system the envy of the world. What we need are commonsense solutions that will strengthen our health care system instead of stimulating debt and eliminating patient choice. A health care system where insurance can be bought across state lines so insurers compete against each other and lowers cost for patients."
  • Homeland Security
  • On his website, Long says, "Today there are many challenges facing our country and none is greater than keeping our people safe. As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I am doing everything in my power to make sure we are protected and that those who serve on the front lines have the tools they need to get the job done."
  • Immigration
  • On his website, Long says, "While the total number of illegal immigrants is unknown, the number ranges in the millions. These illegal immigrants place strains on our social support networks, our infrastructure, and routinely evade the basic laws that govern society. As Americans we pride ourselves on our ability to incorporate immigrants into our unique American culture. Unfortunately illegal immigration resists this unifying influence and results in the creation of a near parallel society. We must enforce our laws and encourage people to become Americans the legal way."
  • National Defense
  • On his website, Long says, "At a time when we are fighting wars overseas, we must continue to support our troops. Our service men and women make our military the strongest in the world. They defend our nation and our way of life against those who would destroy our safety, freedom, and values. Congress must give them our unwavering support to complete their mission as quickly and safely as possible."
  • Small Business
  • On his website, Long says, "Small businesses are the heart-beat of this economy, representing 99.7% of all companies in America, employing half of all private sector employees and accounting for over half of the private sector economy. Americans do not owe our prosperity to the government; we owe it to the men and women who work to achieve their dreams."
  • Taxes
  • On his website, Long says, "I am a proud cosponsor of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would limit the ability of the government to spend more than it takes in or to tax the American public beyond a fixed percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This amendment would force responsible spending practices by Congress and help us pay down the national debt. If we don’t act now, we will suffer permanent economic harm from our excessive tax and spending burdens."
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • On his website, Long says, "In addition to serving on the Homeland Security Committee, I also serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has jurisdiction over many forms of transportation: aviation, maritime, waterborne, roads, bridges, mass transit, and railroads."
  • Veterans
  • On his website, Long says, "While we can never satisfy the debt we owe America’s fallen heroes and their families, Congress must continue to put our troops, our veterans, and their families first. At a time when our service members are returning home from multiple wars and conflicts across the globe, we must provide veterans with the support they have rightfully earned. Our veterans have honorably served their country and it is time for their country to serve them." [7]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Billy Long endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]



Long was seeking re-election in 2012.[9] He defeated Tom Stilson and Mike Moon in the Republican primary on August 7, 2012.[10] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[11]

U.S. House, Missouri District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBilly Long Incumbent 63.9% 203,565
     Democratic Jim Evans 30.9% 98,498
     Libertarian Kevin Craig 5.2% 16,668
     Write-in Kenneth Joe Brown 0% 9
Total Votes 318,740
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary Results

Missouri's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBilly Long 59.7% 62,917
Mike Moon 21.7% 22,860
Tom Stilson 18.7% 19,666
Total Votes 105,443


On November 2, 2010, Long was elected to the United States House. He defeated Scott Eckersley (D), Kevin Craig (Libertarian), and Nicholas Ivan Ladendorf (Write-in).[12]

United States House, Missouri General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBilly Long 63.4% 141,010
     Democratic Scott Eckersley 30.4% 67,545
     Libertarian Kevin Craig 6.2% 13,866
     Write-in Nicholas Ivan Ladendorf 0% 10
Total Votes 222,431

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Long's reports.[13]

Billy Long (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]March 31, 2012$325,728.5$110,805.31$(62,216.37)$374,317.44
July Quarterly[15]June 30, 2012$374,317.44$105,174.13$(92,309.18)$387,182.39
October Quarterly[16]October 15, 2012$389,508.76$130,861.76$(239,787.42)$280,583.10
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Long's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Long was elected to the U.S. House in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,260,007 and spent $1,230,604.[17]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Long paid his congressional staff a total of $830,698 in 2011. Overall, Missouri ranks 21st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Long's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $461,037 to $4,351,996. Averaging out to a net worth of $2,406,516.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[19]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Billy Long voted with the Republican Party 92.3% of the time, which ranked 126th among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[20]

Recent news

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Long currently resides in Springfield with his wife, Barbara, and their two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Long attend the First & Calvary Presbyterian Church in Springfield, where they were married over 25 years ago.[21]

External links


  1. AP Results "U.S. House in Missouri Results" Accessed August 7, 2012
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. Gov Track "Billy Long" Accessed April 19, 2012
  4. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "LONG, Billy, (1955 - )"
  5. Billy Long, U.S. Congressman, Representing the 7th District of Missouri "Billy Long: Fourth-Generation Native of SW Missouri"
  6. GOP.gov, The Website of the Republican Majority in Congress "Republicans in Missouri, Billy Long, Missouri's 7th District"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Billy Long for Congress "Issues" April 25, 2012
  8. News Leader, "Long to endorse Mitt Romney today," January 12, 2012
  9. Open Secrets "Billy Long Representative 2012" Accessed January 21, 2012
  10. AP Results "U.S. House in Missouri Results" Accessed August 7, 2012
  11. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  13. Federal Election Commission "Billy Long Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Billy Long April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission "Billy Long July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission "Billy Long October Quarterly," Accessed October 31, 2012
  17. Open Secrets "Billy Long 2010 Election Data," Accessed November 9, 2011
  18. LegiStorm, "Billy Long," Accessed October 8, 2012
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Billy Long (R-MO), 2010," Accessed October 8, 2012
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  21. Billy Long, U.S. Congressman, Representing the 7th District of Missouri "Billy Long: Fourth-Generation Native of SW Missouri"
Political offices
Preceded by
Roy Blunt
U.S. House of Representatives - Missouri, District 7
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