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Sen. Huey Long

Former Senator for Louisiana

Long was a senator from Louisiana and was a Democrat. He served from 1932 to 1935.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Long faced allegations of previously using Louisiana state employees and resources for the campaign of Sen. John Overton and promising release to prisoners in exchange for supporting Overton at the polls. By Jun. 16, 1934, the investigating committees concluded that no specific action was warranted, partly because many of the contested activities were legal in Louisiana at that time and partly due to a lack of evidence. On Sep. 1, 1935, Long was assassinated before he could finish his Senate term or complete his campaign to run for president.

Sep. 21, 1932 Special Committee to Investigate Campaign Expenditures referred to committee
Mar. 4, 1933 Senate seated John Overton
Apr. 14, 1933 Senate Committee on the Judiciary referred to committee
Jan. 10, 1934 Committee on Privileges and Elections referred to committee
Jan. 16, 1934 Special Committee to Investigate Campaign Expenditures report presented to Senate
Mar. 19, 1934 Senate Committee on the Judiciary report presented to Senate
Jun. 16, 1934 Committee on Privileges and Elections report presented to Senate
Jun. 16, 1934 Senate all three committees concluded that no specific action was warranted, partly because many of the contested activities were legal in Louisiana at that time and partly due to a lack of evidence (often resulting from questionable campaign finance recordkeeping practices). Thus, both Long and Overton retained their seats.
Sep. 1, 1935 Long was assassinated before he could finish his Senate term or complete his campaign to run for president.
Photo of Sen. Huey Long [D-LA, 1932-1935]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1931 to Aug 1935, Long missed 300 of 640 roll call votes, which is 46.9%. This is much worse than the median of 18.9% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Aug 1935. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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