- Michael S. Martin
Long, Russell (03 November 1918–09 May 2003), U.S. Senator, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of Huey Long, a politician, and Rose McConnell Long. At the time of his birth, his father was campaigning for a seat on the Louisiana Railroad Commission, the state's railroad, pipeline, and communications regulatory board; a few weeks later he defeated the incumbent, Burke Bridges. Huey served on the Commission (renamed the Public Service Commission in 1921) for a decade, and he made a name for himself as a populist crusader willing to take on powerful external interests and state political leaders. In 1924 Huey attempted to parlay his rising popularity into a Democratic nomination for the governor's office and failed. Four years later, in 1928, he won the nomination and the race....