For over thirty years, Congressman Long was a real estate broker and owner of Billy Long Auctions, LLC in Springfield, along with being a radio talk show host from 1999-2006 on KWTO AM560. His experience running a small business and his time taking calls on the radio from concerned citizens gives him a unique understanding of the challenges facing families and small businesses in the Ozarks. His top priority in Washington is to stop the irresponsible spending and overreaching of modern day Washington.
Billy is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He serves on three critical Energy and Commerce Subcommittees: Communications and Technology; Energy and Power; and Health.
In addition to his small-business ownership, Long was a member of the National Association of Realtors, National Auctioneers Association, and the Missouri Professional Auctioneers’ Association for over 30 years each. Long has been inducted into the Missouri Professional Auctioneers’ Hall of Fame. Long also holds memberships in the National Rifle Association and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
Billy and his wife Barbara were married in 1984 at First & Calvary Presbyterian Church, of which they are still members and attend regularly.
Billy’s Awards and Honors
Billy has been recognized for his efforts in Congress on behalf of our nation’s small businessmen and women who create jobs and spur economic growth with the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This award honors Billy’s commitment to free market principles and his voting record supporting small businesses, cutting regulations, promoting job creation, and finding new markets for American products.
The 60 Plus Association awarded Billy the group’s highest honor, the Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award. The award is presented to members in Congress based on their “senior friendly” voting records.
The American Conservative Union (ACU) honored Billy for his legislative efforts in 2011. Billy’s ACU rating of 92 ranked him as the most conservative member of the Missouri delegation in 2011. The ACU award is given to members of the House and Senate for their efforts on a wide variety of issues of interest to grassroots conservatives voted on during the first session of the 112th Congress. Founded in 1964, the ACU is the oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization in the country.
Billy came to Washington to cut spending and put our country on a sustainable path. He has done that very thing as the National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) noted in a report showing he ranked 4th out of 435 members in the House when it comes to supporting efforts to cut spending. The NTUF BillTally report looks at the cost and savings for all the bills introduced in each Congress. NTUF produces reports based on the cost and savings of the bills they sponsor and cosponsor. NTUF’s report shows Billy supported the 4th largest net savings agenda in 2011, saving $408 billion.
The Club for Growth’s Spending Cut Scorecard gave Billy a 96 percent when it came to supporting amendments offered in the House to cut spending.
Billy received the Guardian of Small Business award from National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in recognition of his support for America’s small business owners in the 112th Congress.
Billy received the Tax Fighter Award from the National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC) for his voting record in the 112th Congress. Billy’s votes in support of constitutional and other limits on taxes and spending earned him a NTLC rating of 100 percent, the highest score in the Missouri delegation.
Billy received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. Manufacturers honor legislators with the NAM award who support a pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda and who receive a 70 percent or higher on key manufacturing votes. Billy’s votes in support of our nation’s manufacturers earned him a NAM rating of 100 percent.