Bachelor in Sociology/Psychology, Louisiana State University, 1948.
Long represented the since disbanded Eighth Congressional District based in central Louisiana about Alexandria. She was the first female veteran elected to Congress, having served as a WAVE in the United States Navy. When she announced her candidacy in 1985, she obtained support from some wives of other United States. representatives who came into the district to campaign for her.
Long declined to seek a full term as congresswoman in the jungle primary of 1986.
Her seat narrowly went Republican in the general election even though the Eighth District was among the most historically Democratic in the nation. Cathy Long resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
In his autobiography, former lieutenant governor and education superintendent William J. "Bill" Dodd, an astute observer of Louisiana politics for a half century, describes Cathy Long, who compiled a liberal voting record in Congress, as the "perfect political wife.".
Delaware, Democratic National Convention, 1980, 84. Member Philanthropic and Educational Organization Sisterhood, National Council Senior Citizens, Veterans' Feminists. United States Capitol Historical Society.
George Washington University Friends. All Souls Church; fundraiser National Institute Neural Research. Member National Trust Historic Preservation, M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), American Veterans of World World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Louisiana State Medical Planning Board, Louisiana Arts Council, Rapides Parish Library Board, Rapides Parish Symphony Guild.
Member American Association of University Women.
Married Gillis William Long, June 21, 1947 (deceased January 1985). Children– George Harrison, Janis Catherine.