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Gerald Long exits legislature, first time in a century a Long won't be in elected office

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Posted at 10:30 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 23:30:03-05

Senator Gerald Long is exiting the state legislature Monday, making it the first time in a century that Louisiana won't have someone from the Long family serving in elective political office.

According to a report from The News Star, Long, 75, was term limited after serving 12 years in the state Senate.

"It's the end of an era. I don't have a child or a grandchild or a cousin who is even talking about running for elective office," said Long.

Among Huey P. Long and Earl Long, other members of the family that held office include Gillis Long, Speedy Long (both served in Congress), and Jimmy Long (state Legislature).

Senator Long said he believes the family legacy "will always be tied to the needs of the people."

"I hope I've left a small footprint in the Long legacy that made Louisiana better."