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On This Day In 1985: Louisiana Sen. Russell Long Calls It Quits

Feb. 25, 1985:

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Sen. Russell Long (D-LA), first elected to the Senate in 1948 and son of the legendary Huey Long, announced he would not seek an eighth term in 1986.

The former chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Long was considered to be one of Congress' leading experts on tax policy. He was named Senate majority whip in 1965 and held the post until 1969, when he was defeated by Massachusetts' Ted Kennedy.

Republicans hoped that Long's retirement would give them a chance to win his seat, but Democrats kept it in 1986 with Rep. John Breaux.

Long died on May 9, 2003.

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