William H. "Billy" Long II (born August 11, 1955), is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 7th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. He won the open seat vacated by incumbent Roy Blunt, who decided to run for the United States Senate.
Early life and education
Long is a fourth-generation native of Missouri. He was born in Springfield, Missouri, in 1955.
He dropped out of the University of Missouri in Columbia to attend the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City. He received his Certified Auctioneer Institute designation from Indiana University Bloomington.
Long owned Billy Long Auctions, LLC. He is also a former talk radio show host on Springfield-based station KWTO. He is a member of 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.
Long also participated in the World Poker Tour participating in professional sanctioned games including the Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage and the Bellagio Cup.
U.S. House of Representatives
Long jumped into the race for the 7th District after Roy Blunt gave it up to make an ultimately successful run for the U.
S. Senate. In the crowded seven-way Republican primary--the real contest in this heavily Republican district--Long narrowly won with 36 percent of the vote. He defeated Democratic challenger Scott Eckersley with 63 percent of the vote.
December 11th, 2011