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Rep. Billy Long

Former Representative for Missouri’s 7th District

pronounced BIH-lee // lawng


Long was the representative for Missouri’s 7th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2011 to 2022.

Elections must be decided by counting votes

Our work to hold Congress accountable only matters if elections are decided by counting votes. President Trump, his senior government advisors, and Republican legislators collaborated to have the 2020 presidential election decided instead by incumbent politicians running in the very same election. Their attempts to suppress entire state-certified vote counts without adjudication in the courts and using a disinformation campaign of lies and conspiracy theories was a months-long, multifarious attempted coup.


Long was among the Republican legislators who participated in the attempted coup. Shortly after the election, Long joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the violent insurrection at the Capitol, Long voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 violent insurrection at the Capitol, led on the front lines by militant white supremacy groups, attempted to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from taking office by disrupting Congress’s count of electors.
Photo of Rep. Billy Long [R-MO7, 2011-2022]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Long is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2022 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Long sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Dec 27, 2022. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Long was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Long sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Science, Technology, Communications (50%) Health (17%) Transportation and Public Works (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (11%) Water Resources Development (11%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Long recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Long voted Yea

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Long voted Nay

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Long voted Nay

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

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Long voted Nay

Long voted Nay

Passed 363/40 on Mar 14, 2020.

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Long voted Aye

Long voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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Long voted Aye

Long voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 2011 to Dec 2022, Long missed 255 of 7,297 roll call votes, which is 3.5%. This is worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2022. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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