Congressman Long was born and raised in Missouri’s 7th Congressional District where he proudly serves his constituents today.
Congressman Long has always believed we need more lawmakers in Washington, D.C. with real-world experience. Real life experiences like owning and operating his own auction as real estate companies for over 30 year before running for a public office. Growing up in a family filled with generations of entrepreneurs, he started his first small business a miniature golf course with his sister while he was in high school.
Voted ‘Best Auctioneer in the Ozarks’ 9 years straight, it’s no surprise he has been inducted into both the National Auctioneers’ Association Hall of Fame and the Missouri Professional Auctioneers’ Association Hall of Fame. His motto in the Auction business was “When you want it done right” and that attitude holds today. While he’s known for his unconventional, out of the box thinking, it all gets back to trying to do his best whether that’s selling grandma’s antiques or negotiating with his colleagues on Capitol Hill for the best outcome for his constituents. He’s known for his good nature and humor in Washington which both serve him well when negotiating with colleagues on the other side of the isle.
For six years, he co-hosted the top rated morning drive time radio call in show ‘Morning Line’ with his co-host Bonnie Bell’ in Springfield on AM560 KWTO “Keep Watching The Ozarks” – which covered 95 counties and part of four states. Engaging with folks for 30 years while booking auctions, selling real estate and taking their calls on air gave him a vast knowledge of what was on folks minds and what was important to them.
Billy has always believed that the principles of life, liberty, freedom and the power of the individual are values that we need to protect. As a result of his conservative track record, he has received countless awards from organizations such as the American Conservative Union, FreedomWorks, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Safari Club International and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As the awards continue to pile up, he considers the true reward is being in a position to help people.
Congressman Long sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee where he serves on three crucial subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Health, and Environment and Climate Change.
Among his several legislative priorities for the 116thCongress, these are a few he is currently been working on:
- Protecting Table Rock Lake homeowners
In April, Congressman Long introduced H.R.2132 - legislation aimed to protect homeowners on Table Rock Lake from being forced to remove existing structures due to the Army Corps of Engineers boundary lines changing over time.
- Reducing Diesel Emissions
In March, Congressman Long and Congresswomen Doris Matsui introduced H.R. 1767 – legislation to reauthorize the Diesel Emissions Reduction Program, which provides grants for replacing older and dirtier diesel engines with cleaner American-made technology, making them up to 90% more energy efficient.
In July, Congressman Long and his colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee worked to bring H.R. 3375 (Stopping Bad Robocalls Act) to the House floor - legislation that expands protections for consumers, increases the length of time the FCC can catch illegal robocallers and allows the federal government to issue penalties up to $10,000 per violation. The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act recently passed the House by an overwhelming majority.
- Rural Broadband Deployment
In July, Congressman Long introduced H.R. 3869 (Internet Exchange Act of 2019) - legislation aimed to strengthen Internet access in rural and other underserved areas by promoting more Internet Exchanges across the country.
Congressman Long is working with Congressman Donald McEachin, Congressman Dave Loebsack, and Congressman Bob Latta on legislation to provide more accurate maps on where broadband is and isn’t – a critical tool in closing the digital divide.
In July, Congressman Long and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver introduced H.R. 3778 – legislation that would give states funds for emotional wellbeing, mental health and suicide prevention training for school personnel in elementary and secondary schools.