Russell B. Long

American politician

Russell Billiu Long (November 3, 1918 – May 9, 2003) was an American Democratic politician. He was the United States Senator from Louisiana from 1948 until 1987. He was chairman of the Senate Finance Committee for fifteen years from 1966 to 1981.[1]

Russell B. Long
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Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
In office
January 10, 1966 – January 3, 1981
Preceded byHarry F. Byrd
Succeeded byBob Dole
Senate Majority Whip
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1969
LeaderMike Mansfield
Preceded byHubert Humphrey
Succeeded byTed Kennedy
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
December 31, 1948 – January 3, 1987
Preceded byWilliam C. Feazel
Succeeded byJohn Breaux
Personal details
Russell Billiu Long

(1918-11-03)November 3, 1918
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
DiedMay 9, 2003(2003-05-09) (aged 84)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Katherine Hattic
(m. 1939; div. 1969)

Carolyn Bason
(m. 1969; his death 2003)
ParentsHuey Long (father)
Rose McConnell (mother)
RelativesEarl Long (uncle)
George S. Long (uncle)
Gillis William Long (cousin)
Speedy Long (cousin)
Jimmy Long (cousin)
Gerald Long (cousin)
EducationLouisiana State University (BA, LLB)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1942–1945
UnitUnited States Navy Reserve
Battles/warsWorld War II:
Operation Torch (Northern Africa)
Allied invasion of Sicily
Allied invasion of Italy
Operation Dragoon (Southern France)
AwardsFour Battle stars for service in North Africa and Europe

Long was the son of Louisiana governor and U.S. senator Huey Long. He worked during the administrations of eight U.S. presidents from Truman to Reagan.

Long died at his home in Washington, D.C. of heart failure on May 9, 2003 at the age of 84.


  1. Franklin, Ben A. (November 12, 1965). "Byrd of Virginia resigns after 32 years in Senate". The New York Times. p. 1.
    Morris, John D. (November 12, 1965). "Byrd's move aids Long of Louisiana; Majority Whip in line for Senate Finance chairman". The New York Times. p. 32.