Speedy Long

Speedy Oteria Long ( born June 16, 1928 in Tullos, La Salle Parish, Louisiana, † October 5, 2006 in Trout, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1965 and 1973 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Speedy Long was a member of the highly influential in Louisiana Long family. Its most prominent members have included Huey Pierce Long, Rose McConnell Long, Russell B. Long, George S. Long, Gillis William Long and Earl Long; these were members of Congress and / or governors of Louisiana. He attended the common schools and finished in 1945, the Winnfield High School. Between 1946 and 1948, Long was a soldier in the U.S. Navy. Then he studied until 1950 at Northwestern State College in Natchitoches. In the years 1951 and 1952, during the Korean War, he was again drafted into the Navy. After a subsequent law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and its made ​​in 1959 admitted to the bar he began in Jena to work in his new profession.

Politically Long was in accordance with the family tradition, a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1956 and 1964 he sat in the Senate from Louisiana. In the congressional elections of 1964 he was in the eighth election district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded his cousin Gillis took on 3 January 1965 he had beaten in the primaries. After three re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until January 3rd, 1973 four legislative sessions. There he was a member of the Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Fisheries. Long regarded as a conservative Democrat.

In the years 1971 and 1987, he ran unsuccessfully for the office of each Governor of Louisiana. On the first attempt, he finished in the Primary of his party in eighth place in 1987, he became a sixth. From 1973 to 1985 Long served as district attorney in the 28th Judicial District of Louisiana. He died on 5 October 2006 in Trout. Speedy Long was married to Florence Marie Theriot (1933-2007), the couple had two children.