|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Missouri's 7th district
January 3, 2011
William Hollis Long II
August 11, 1955
Springfield, Missouri, U.S.
Barbara Long (m. 1984)
|Education||University of Missouri|
William Hollis Long II (born August 11, 1955) is an American auctioneer and politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 7th congressional district since 2011. The district includes much of the southwestern quadrant of the state and is anchored in Springfield. The district also includes Joplin and the popular tourist destination of Branson.
Long is a fourth-generation native of Missouri. He was born in Springfield in 1955. He attended the University of Missouri and was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity prior to dropping out. After taking 3 years off from school, Long decided to attend a 9 day training with the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City. He received his Certified Auctioneer Institute designation via the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute and Trustees.
Long owned Billy Long Auctions, LLC. He was also a talk radio show host on the 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.
During a September 2018 House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on alleged anti-conservative bias on social media, far-right internet personality Laura Loomer interrupted the meeting. Long began a mock auction chant pretending he was selling Loomer's mobile phone until she was escorted out. The incident generated considerable laughter from the audience.
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.
Long joined the race for the 7th Congressional District after incumbent U.S. Representative Roy Blunt chose to run for the U.S. Senate seat that was being vacated by Kit Bond. In the crowded seven-way Republican primary--the de facto real election in the most Republican district in the state--Long narrowly won with 36 percent of the vote.
He easily defeated Democratic challenger Scott Eckersley by a nearly two-to-one margin of victory.
In the August 5, 2014 primary race, Long defeated sole Republican challenger Marshall Works 62.4% to 37.6%.
On August 2, Bill Long defeated Republican Candidates Nathan Clay, Christopher Batsche, Matthew Evans, Lyndle Spencer, Matthew Canovi, James Nelson and Mary Byrne in the Republican primaries.
In the 2018 Republican primaries, Congressman Long defeated Republican challengers Jim Evans, Lance Norris, and Benjamin Holcomb. In the general, he defeated Democratic nominee Jamie Schoolcraft, who in turn defeated Democrats Kenneth Hatfield, John Farmer de la Torre, and Vincent Jennings.
Since 2011 Rep. Long has sponsored 14 bills, one resolution and one concurrent resolution, and co-sponsored 844 other pieces of legislation. Long also introduced the Agricultural Certainty for Reporting Emissions Act on March 14, 2018, which would amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980. The bill, however, has not yet passed the House of Representatives for further voting in the Senate.
Long supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a temporary ban on entry to the U.S. to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries. He stated that "President Trump's recent executive order on national security shows how keeping Americans safe remains one of his top priorities. Allowing agencies to reevaluate the refugee resettlement program is a commonsense approach to making sure that happens."
Congressman Long is notably Pro-Life, stating his is "100% pro-life" in his Congressional Website. Long is anti-Roe v Wade and said that the Judiciary deciding on the topic of abortion doesn't give the American people to opportunity to choose for themselves through Elected Representatives. Long said on his Congressional Website: "When the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973, it threw open the doors for abortion without giving the people an opportunity to make their views known on the issue through their elected representatives. The judicial protection for abortion has unfortunately continued in opposition to the expressed will of the majority of the people." Long is for cutting government funding to Planned Parenthood and is a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.
Long believes in "believe in legal, regulated, and appropriate levels of immigration", according to his election website, but urges response to illegal immgration over the American-Mexican border. Long believes illegal immigration disrupts American society, and allows for criminals, drug traffickers, and terrorists to enter the United States unchecked. In a 2010 Campaign Website, Congressman Long stated, "Our nation is built upon laws. People cannot be allowed to come into our nation illegally and become a drain on taxpayer money by taking advantage of our social safety net. Billy opposes liberals' amnesty efforts, which will do nothing to stem the tide of illegal immigration. Continuing to turn our back on illegal immigration is a national security issue that drains our economy and rewards people who knowingly violate our laws. We literally can no longer afford to ignore this problem."
Congressman Long enthusiastically supported the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, nominee to the Supreme Court made by President Donald Trump. Long, however, received criticism when he retweeted a picture of a little boy kissing a girl on the top of the head, with a caption that read "Exhibit A. Democrat Evidence Against Brett Kavanaugh."