Mike Long recently was awarded the Statesman of the Year award for Tennessee’s First Congressional District by Congressman Phil Roe. Long served on the Johnson County Election Commission for 20 years before being named administrator of elections for Johnson County. He served for six years in this capacity before retiring.
Long was honored on May 13th at the statesman dinner in Nashville. “Mike Long embodies every quality of a statesman. A free and fair election is the cornerstone of democracy, and Mike worked tirelessly as commissioner of elections to ensure Johnson Countians were engaged in the political process, and that their voices were heard at the polls,” said Congressman Roe. “He is a man of integrity who served Johnson County for many years, and I am honored to recognize his service in this special way.” Long was unable to attend the event due to health reasons.
There have been 22 statesmen awards given in the State of Tennessee. It is believed this is the first time ever someone in the First Congressional District has been honored as statesman of the year.
“I consider it an honor to receive this recognition,” said Long. “I am very thankful for all the years I have served the First Congressional District.