Billy Long

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Billy Long
Billy Long.jpg
U.S. House, Missouri, District 7
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorRoy Blunt (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,184,158
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri (incomplete)
OtherMissouri Auction School
Personal
BirthdayAugust 11, 1955
Place of birthSpringfield, Missouri
ProfessionAuctioneer, Realtor
Net worth$2,351,516
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Billy Long campaign logo
William H. "Billy" Long II (b. August 11, 1955, in Springfield, Missouri) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Missouri's 7th congressional district. Long was first elected to the House in 2010 and is currently serving his second consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012 by a margin of 33%.[1]

This is Long's first seat in political office.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Long is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Biography

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. [3]

Career

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.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Long serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations

2011-2012

Long served 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

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

On his campaign website, Long listed thirteen issues. They were:[7]

  • Conservative Values
  • On his website, Long said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 said, "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 said, "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

2012

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

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

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Long voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Elections

2014

See also: Missouri's 7th congressional district elections, 2014

Long is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

Long sought re-election in 2012.[10] He defeated Tom Stilson and Mike Moon in the Republican primary on August 7, 2012.[11] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[12]

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

U.S. House, Missouri District 7 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

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Long is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Long raised a total of $2,184,158 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[14]

Billy Long's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Missouri, District 7) Won $924,151
2010 U.S. House (Missouri, District 7) Won $1,260,007
Grand Total Raised $2,184,158

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Long's reports.[15]

Billy Long (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]4/15/2013$314,894.74$150,427.19$(73,253.12)$392,068.81
July Quarterly[17]7/15/2013$392,068.81$204,952.34$(70,563.88)$526,457.27
Running totals
$355,379.53$(143,817)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Long's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Long won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Long's campaign committee raised a total of $924,152 and spent $639,660.[18] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[19]

Cost per vote

Long spent $3.14 per vote received in 2012.

2010

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.[20] This is less than the average $1.4 million spent by House winners in 2010.[21]

Cost per vote

Long spent $6.05 per vote received in 2010.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Long missed 51 of 1,698 roll call votes from Jan 2011 to Apr 2013, which is 3.0% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[22]

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Long is a "far-right Republican" as of May 2013.[23]

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 ranked 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.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Long's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $846,035 and $3,856,997. That averages to $2,351,516, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 2.3% from 2010.[25]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Long's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $461,037 to $4,351,996. That averages 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.[26]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Long was ranked the 50th most conservative representative during 2012.[27]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Billy Long was ranked the 52nd most conservative representative during 2011.[28]

Percentage voting with party

May 2013

Billy Long voted with the Republican Party 98.7% of the time, which ranked 25th among the 233 House Republican members as of May 2013.[29]

Recent news

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Personal

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.[30]

External links

References

  1. State of Missouri, "Nov. 6, 2012 General Election," accessed May 31, 2013
  2. Project VoteSmart, "Representative Billy Long's Biography," accessed May 31, 2013
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "LONG, Billy, (1955 - )"
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, "Billy Long official bio," accessed May 31, 2013
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  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. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  10. Open Secrets, "Billy Long Representative 2012," accessed January 21, 2012
  11. AP Results, "U.S. House in Missouri Results," accessed August 7, 2012
  12. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results"
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets, "Billy Long," accessed May 16, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Billy Long for Congress Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Billy Long for Congress April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Billy Long for Congress July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  18. Open Secrets, "Billy Long 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013
  19. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  20. Open Secrets, "Billy Long 2010 Election Data," accessed November 9, 2011
  21. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  22. GovTrack, "Billy Long," accessed March 26, 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Billy Long," accessed May 31, 2013
  24. LegiStorm, "Billy Long," accessed October 8, 2012
  25. OpenSecrets.org, "Billy Long, (R-Mo), 2011"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Billy Long (R-MO), 2010," accessed October 8, 2012
  27. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  30. 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
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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