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Birth Place: Arlington, VA, United States
Residence: Orlando, FL
Todd Long was born in Arlington, Va., and currently resides in Orlando, Fla. He received a bachelor's degree from Rollins College and a law degree in 1989 from Wake Forest University.
Long began a practice in commercial litigation and insurance defense with the Drage, deBeaubien, Knight and Simmons law firm in Orlando.
He started his own law firm in 2005, and a short time later began a conservative show, "A Different Direction" on local radio.
He authored a book, "The Conservative Comeback," and also started a second Orlando radio show.
Long and his wife, Ninette, have two children.
Todd Long has run for Congress at every opportunity since 2008. In 2012, he faces Democratic former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson in the 9th Congressional District, a newly created district with a large Hispanic influence.
In 2008, he unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Rep. Ric Keller in the GOP primary for Florida's 8th Congressional District. In 2010, he ran again and lost in the GOP primary against Daniel Webster, who eventually won the general election.
Long has proposed changing the U.S. tax code. He supports abolishing the Internal Revenue Service and is a proponent of a national sales tax that would eliminate all income and payroll taxes.
In winning the 2012 GOP nomination for the 9th Congressional District, Long defeated Osceola County Commissioner John Quinones.
Long was helped by last-minute anti-Quinones attack ads that largely were funded by Grayson, who spent one-term in Congress before being defeated in his 2010 re-election bid. Grayson became nationally known for saying the GOP health care plan was to hope people die.
Source: Associated Press
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