William H. Long II, who is more commonly known as Billy Long, is the incumbent U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 7th congressional district. The American politician is from Missouri and assumed his current position in 2011. He is a member of the Republican party.
Personal Life of Billy Long
Long was born in Springfield, Missouri on August 11, 1955. He is currently 62 years old. Upon graduating from high school, Long went on to study at the University of Missouri where he became a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. However, Long made the choice to drop out of college before obtaining his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri.
After a few years off from school, Long received his Certified Auctioneer Institute designation from the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute and Trustees. With his certification, Long went on to open his own business, Billy Long Auctions, LLC, as well as taking up a career as a radio host with the station KWTO. Long also was very active in community events and committees including the National Association of Realtors, National Auctioneers Association, the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the National Rifle Association and the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors.
Career of Billy Long
In 2010 at the age of 55, Long began his political career by running in the election for U.S. Representative of Missouri’s 7th Congressional District. The race was difficult, however, because there were seven other Republican candidates running to fill the U.S. Senate seat opened up by Kit Bond. In a surprising turn of events, Long won the primary election with 36% of the vote. When it came time to face off against Democratic candidate Scott Eckersley, Long had an easy victory, receiving 63% of the votes with 141,010. Eckersley won 30% of the vote with 67,545. Libertarian candidate Kevin Craig received 6.23% of the vote with 13,866 and write-in candidates received 10 votes.
Long, preceded by Roy Blunt, assumed his position on January 3, 2011. In 2012, he ran for reelection and won with 64% of the vote. Democratic candidate Jim Evans received 31% of the vote with 98, 498 votes. Libertarian candidate Kevin Craig received 5% of the vote with 16,668.
Long also won the election in 2014 to keep his position in office. Long received 63% of the votes with 104,054 votes. Democratic candidate Jim Evans received 29% of the vote with 47,282. Libertarian candidate Kevin Craig received 8% of the vote with 12,584 votes. Write-in candidates received 37 votes.
Since stepping into his position in 2011, Long has sponsored 14 bills as well as 844 other pieces of legislation. He is on the Committee on Energy and Commerce which includes the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and the Subcommittee on Health. He is a supporter of current President and fellow Republican Donald Trump and was in support of President Trump’s executive order to ban entry into the United States for those from certain Middle Eastern countries.