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Gillis W. Long

Gillis W. Long, American congressman, lawyer, investment banker, soybean farmer. Decorated Bronze Star, Purple Heart. Served to captain, infantry Army of the United States, World World War II, European Theatre of Operations.; Member American, Louisiana, Alexandria bar associations, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Epsilon, others. Baptist.

Background

  • Long, Gillis W. was born on May 4, 1923 in Winnfield, Louisiana, United States. Son of Floyd H. and Birdie (Shumake) Long.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Louisiana State University, 1949, Juris Doctor, 1951. Legal counsel select committee small business United States Senate, 1951-1953. Chief counsel special committee campaign expenditures (elections) United States House of Representatives, 1952, 56, 58, 60.

      Member 88th, 93d-98th Congresses from 8th District Louisiana. Chairman 88th, 93d-98th Congresses from 8th District Louisiana (Democratic caucus, member rules committee), since 1973. Chairman subcommittee on legislation process, Joint economics committee 88th, 93d-97th Congresses from 8th District Louisiana (Democratic caucus, member rules committee), since 1975.

      Chairman subcommittee on international trade, finance, security economics. Assistant director Office Economics Opportunity, 1964-1965. Legislation counsel Special Committee history Preservation, Special Committee Urban Growth Policy.

      Chairman Louisiana Superport Task Force, president, 1972. Commissioner Louisiana Offshore Terminal Authority, 1973. President Lower Mississippi Flood Control Association, 1973-1974.

      Vice chairman United Democrats of Congress, 1973-1974, chairman, since 1975, Executive Board, 1977. Co-founder Congressional Rural Caucus, 1973, member Executive Board, since 1973. Member Democratic nat. committee, congressional campaign consultant, since 1980, Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues.

    Career

    • Chief counsel special. Assistant dir; president Lower Mississippi Flood Control Association, 1973-1974.

    Membership

    Served to captain, infantry Army of the United States, World World War II, European Theatre of Operations. Member American, Louisiana, Alexandria bar associations, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Epsilon, others.

    Connections

    • Married Catherine Small. Children: George Harrison, Janis.
    • father: Floyd H. Long
    • mother: Birdie (Shumake) Long
    • spouse: Catherine Small
    • children: George Harrison Long
    • Janis Long
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    Nationality

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