Billy Long wins re-election in Missouri's 7th District

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Billy Long will once again represent southwestern Missouri in Congress.

Long was elected to a fifth term in office representing Missouri's 7th District on Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Jamie Schoolcraft.

Long, who is 62 and lives in Springfield, was elected in 2010 and has never been seriously challenged in subsequent elections. The district is among the most conservative in Missouri. Long is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.

Schoolcraft is a physician assistant, Army National Guardsman and former mayor of Willard. He campaigned on the need to increase access to health care, supported a higher minimum wage, and wanted to increase funding for public education.