The Natchitoches Police Department confirmed that the driver of a PT Cruiser died today, August 9, 2016, after his vehicle was struck by a Jeep Wrangler on University Parkway/Hwy. 6 near the Dollar General.
Greg Lemoine, who drove by the wreckage, said Jimmy Long, Sr. was one of his favorite people.
“We had breakfast together the last time I was in Baton Rouge,” said Lemoine.
A Democratic former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, Long represented District 23 (Winn and Natchitoches parishes) from 1968 until 2000, being the “dean” of the Louisiana House when he returned to private life. A recognized authority on educational policy, for sixteen years, he chaired the House Education Committee. The Shreveport Times named Long “One of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century in North Louisiana.” He was a member of the Long political dynasty.