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Rep. Gillis Long

Former Representative for Louisiana’s 8th District

Long was the representative for Louisiana’s 8th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1973 to 1986.

He was previously the representative for Louisiana’s 8th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1964.

Photo of Rep. Gillis Long [D-LA8, 1973-1986]


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 1986 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 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Long sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (21%) Economics and Public Finance (21%) Government Operations and Politics (14%) Taxation (14%) Arts, Culture, Religion (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Long recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Jan 1985, Long missed 527 of 7,122 roll call votes, which is 7.4%. This is on par with the median of 6.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 1985. 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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