About Gerald Long
Gerald Long was born on July 9, 1944, to Reuben and Ruby Long. The Longs were poor sharecroppers who lived in Winn Parish. Also born that day was Geraldís twin brother Carroll, giving the Longs eight boys.
Long was educated in the public schools of Winn Parish and upon graduation from
Winnfield Sr. High, he entered Northwestern State University in Natchitoches,
La. , on a football scholarship. He completed his education degree in 1966. For
the next four years, Long taught in Terrebonne and Vernon parishes and coached
at Leesville High School in Vernon Parish.
Gerald married Rose Landry in August 1966. Today they have three grown children, Andrea Phillips, Pamela Jordan and Richard Long. In addition, they have seven grandsons, with the hope of more to come.
Long entered the business world in 1970 and enjoyed a very successful career, including 21 years as an insurance agent. As a representative of State Farm, Long received the highest honors. He is a Lifetime member of the Presidentís Club, which is earned by less than 2% of the total agency force.
Long served as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes volunteer for nine years at Northwestern State while still operating his business. FCA is a national organization devoted to college, high school and junior-high students. It seeks to instill moral and spiritual values in our young people and prepare them for their future.
In July 1999, Long retired from the business world to serve full time as an area FCA representative. His service area included Rapides, Grant, Winn, Natchitoches, Sabine and five other parishes.
In addition to his work with FCA, Long has spoken to numerous
schools, civic organizations, churches, and senior citizens
organizations. He has also served as interim pastor for four
churches in the Natchitoches area.
Gerald Long believes that strong communities come from strong
churches, solid families and schools that teach and discipline
our children with strong moral values. He believes that government
should lend a hand when needed, but it should also allow
people to have the strongest voice in shaping their standards,
values and directions.