Russell B Long

  Male      American      Politician

  Born : Nov 03, 1918  -
  Died : May 09, 2003

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Russell Billiu Long (November 3, 1918 – May 9, 2003) was an American Democratic politician and United States Senator from Louisiana from 1948 until 1987, and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for fifteen years from 1966 to 1981.

The son of future Louisiana governor and US senator Huey Long and his wife Rose McConnell Long, also a future US senator, Long was born in Shreveport, and received bachelor's and law degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Zeta Zeta chapter). During college, he served as freshman class president, sophomore Arts and Sciences President, and then student body president. In June 1942, World War II, Long entered the naval reserve and completed his service as a Lieutenant in December 1945.

Long's first and only elected position was in the U.S. Senate. He was elected to the Senate in November 1948, becoming the only person in U.S. history to be preceded in that institution by both his father and his mother. He was elected on November 2, one day before his 30th birthday, and took office on December 31, thus barely meeting the Constitutional requirement that all Senators be at least 30 years old when they take office. He did, however, have a few days of seniority over others in the Senate class of 1948, including Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert Humphrey, who were sworn in on January 3 the following year. Before he ran for the Senate, Long had served as executive counsel to his uncle, Earl Kemp Long, who returned to the governorship in 1948...

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