He attended the University of Missouri and was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity prior to dropping out to attend the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City.
Long is a fourth-generation native of Missouri. He received his Certified Auctioneer Institute designation via the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute and Trustees. Long owned Billy Long Auctions, Limited Liability Company. He was also a talk radio show host on Springfield-based station KWTO. Long also participated in the World Poker Tour participating in professional sanctioned games including the Southern Poker Championship at the Beau Rivage and the Bellagio Cup.
Long jumped into the race for the 7th District after Roy Blunt gave it up to make an ultimately successful run for the United States Senate.
He defeated Democratic challenger Scott Eckersley with 63 percent of the vote. 2012 election
In the August 5th, 2014 primary race, Long defeated sole Republican challenger Marshall Works 62.4% to 37.6%.
He would again face Democrat Evans and Libertarian Craig in the November general election, and again would handily defeat both candidates with over 63% of the popular vote. Committee assignments
This influential House committee has jurisdiction over our nation’s telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce.
As of July 31, 2014, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has held 172 hearings and marked up and debated 60 bills.
Fifty-three bills have been approved by the House and 18 bills ultimately signed by the president, thus making the Energy and Commerce Committee the most active committee in the House of Representatives. Committee on Energy and Commerce
Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
Subcommittee on Health.
Member of National Rifle Association, Greater Springfield Board Realtors, Missouri Professional Auctioneers Hall of Fame, Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association (former president), National Auctioneers Association (member national board directors), National Association Realtors, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Rotary Club.
Married Barbara Long. 2 children.