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City of Longview
—  City  —
Nickname(s): Balloon Capital of Texas
Motto: Real East Texas
Location of Longview, Texas
Coordinates: 32°30′33″N 94°45′14″W / 32.50917°N 94.75389°W / 32.50917; -94.75389Coordinates: 32°30′33″N 94°45′14″W / 32.50917°N 94.75389°W / 32.50917; -94.75389
Country  United States
State  Texas
Counties Gregg, Harrison
 - Type Council-Manager
 - City Council Mayor Jay Dean
John Bolster
John Sims
Daryl Williams
Sidney Bell Willis
Wayne Frost
Sidney Allen
 - City Manager David Willard
 - City 54.8 sq mi (141.8 km2)
 - Land 54.7 sq mi (141.6 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 371 ft (113 m)
Population (2006)
 - City 77,793
 Density 1,341.8/sq mi (518.1/km2)
 Metro 204,746
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-43888[1]
GNIS feature ID 1374716[2]

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Heritage Plaza.

Longview is a city in Gregg and Harrison Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 73,344 at the 2000 census, but a 2006 estimate placed the city's population at 77,793. Most of the city is located in Gregg County, of which it is the county seat;[3] only a small part extends into the western part of neighboring Harrison County. It is situated in East Texas, on the grid of Interstate 20 and U.S. Highways 80 and 259, just north of the Sabine River. Longview is a commercial hub for the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Longview is the principal city of the Longview Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the larger MSA made up of Gregg, Upshur, and Rusk counties.[4] Longview is considered a major hub city in the region, as is the nearby city of Tyler.



The original name of Longview was Earpville until men by the last names of Methvin and Whaley, to name a few, stood on a hill and looked out over the town and made the reply, "What a long view," hence the name Longview.[citation needed] The historic hill is located where the Gregg County Prison Annex is today along with the water tower displaying "Longview" that can be seen from almost anywhere in the city excluding the Pine Tree and Spring Hill areas. It was formerly the parking lot of Super 1 Foods, County Market, and Safeway.[citation needed] The names of the city founders are found all around the downtown streets. Methvin, Whaley, Magrill, Fredonia, etc.


Longview is located at 32°30′33″N 94°45′14″W / 32.50917°N 94.75389°W / 32.50917; -94.75389 (32.509147, -94.753909)[5]. Longview is surrounded by many smaller cities and towns including: Kilgore, Gladewater, Gilmer, Ore City, Hallsville, Harleton, Diana, White Oak, and Lakeport. It is approximately 40 miles (64 km) east of the similarly sized city of Tyler, Texas.

Incorporated areas include Spring Hill, Greggton, Pine Tree, Judson, and Longview Heights.

Neighborhoods Southside, Red Brick, Bivin's Addition, Garret's Addition, The Front, Bel-Air, Saw Mill Flats, Northside, Riverside, Ware Acres, High End & Low End, Wildwood, Huntington Park, Lakeview Estates, etc.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 73,344 people, 28,363 households, and 19,116 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,341.8 people per square mile (518.1/km²). There were 30,727 housing units at an average density of 562.1/sq mi (217.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 70.10% White, 22.11% African American, 0.50% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.92% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.31% of the population.

There were 28,363 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.6% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,858, and the median income for a family was $42,378. Males had a median income of $33,078 versus $21,400 for females. The per capita income for the city was $156,768. About 13.0% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.




According to the city’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $75.9 million in Revenues, $87.7 million in expenditures, $47.6 million in total assets, $9.0 million in total liabilities, and $12.2 million in cash in investments.[6]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[7]

Department Director
City Manager David Willard
Director of Finance Angela Coen
Director of Public Works Keith Bonds
Director of Human Resources Karri Hyko
Director of Development Services Kevin Cummings
Director of Community Services Laura Hill


Rare snow scene in Longview from Good Shepherd Medical Ctr.

Winter: Winters are mild. Average snowfall is less than 2”. There are usually one or two ice storms each winter. Normal highs are from the 50s-60s. Lows range from 30-40s. Temperature rarely dips below 20 and occasionally can get as warm as 80 during the winter months.

Spring: The season brings storms as a transition from winter to summer. Temperatures range from 60s-80s for the high, and 40-60s for the low. The date of the last frost is April 4. Severe thunderstorms are common during this season as cold fronts pass though the area. This is the wettest time of year

Summer: The summertime is hot and humid. Temperatures slowly climb from the 90s to the 100s going into the dog days of summer. Lows are in the 70s. This is the driest and sunniest time of year. Heat index can climb to around 110.

Fall: It’s marked by the first cold front that knocks the 100 degree temps down into the 90s. Fall starts in mid September and lasts until December. Foliage begins to change in late October. Temps start cooling down and dew points begin to drop.

Climate data for Longview
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Record high °F (°C) 86
Average high °F (°C) 57
Average low °F (°C) 34
Record low °F (°C) -4
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.79
Source: [8]

Area Events

Great Texas Balloon Race at East Texas Regional Airport

Longview is home to some notable annual events.

The East Texas Boat, RV and Camping Expo attracts people from around the region. This event is held the last weekend in January each year.. E.T. Boat, RV and Camping Expo website

The annual Memorial Day Weekend Motorcycle Rally attract motorcycle riders and clubs from across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Begun in 2006, the event is adding attractions, exhibits and attendees each year. Rally website

AlleyFest is held on the first weekend of June every year. Begun in 1978 as a one day Alley Art show, today AlleyFest includes Alley Art, Alley Run (10K, 5K and 1Mile runs), Music Fest, Kids Fest and a Chili Cook off. AlleyFest is a street festival in held in Longview's historic "One Hundred Acres of Heritage" downtown. It is a celebration to the arts and heritage of Longview.AlleyFest website.

Turnip Green Festival is alternative festival held the same weekend as Alley Fest in the cities Extened south. The festival consists of softball games, Concerts, Dances and cooking. Its held in easton which is across the Sabine river in the City's Riverside.

The popular Balloon Glow was first performed in Longview

The Great Texas Balloon Race is held each July at the East Texas Regional Airport. Begun as a celebration for the new Longview Mall in 1978, it has grown to become a world-class competitive event that attracts the best hot air balloon pilots in the world. Balloon flights begin the event on Friday morning with a flight over the City of Longview. Launch and landing sites change each year as they are always determined by wind and the weather. Balloon Glows on Friday and Saturday night entertain crowds with an awesome display of color and excitement. One of the most popular things to do at the event is to be able to get up close and watch how balloons are inflated and operate. It should be noted that the city's previous logo depicted a hot air balloon. Many of them can still be seen on area water towers and city vehicles. The Great Texas Balloon Race


Longview from above.


East Texas Regional Airport (website) offers service to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport via American Eagle. The airport continues to grow. In 2007 it was designated a foreign trade zone.

The airport is known by pilots around the region for its large 10,000 ft. long runway, which purportedly allows it to serve as a backup landing site for U.S. space shuttles.

Public Transportation

The city's public transit system, Longview Transit, runs daily routes, excluding Sundays and holidays. The fixed routes of Longview Transit provide transportation to key districts throughout the city.[9]

City of Longview also operates C.O.L.T. (City of Longview Transit) which provides transportation to eligible passengers as a demand response transportation service. This service is provided for those who are unable to utilize the regular Longview Transit fixed route service.[10]

Rail Service

Amtrak passenger rail service is available on the Texas Eagle through a downtown terminal. Longview's Amtrak rail station is the second busiest in the state of Texas and the fourth busiest station along the Texas Eagle route. The Longview Amtrak station is a connection stop where passengers can connect to the Texas cities of Nacogdoches, Houston and Galveston, as well as Shreveport, Louisiana by motorcoach. Daily trains between Chicago, Illinois and San Antonio stop each morning (Chicago-San Antonio) and each evening (San Antonio-Chicago). Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the Longview Amtrak station serves Chicago to Los Angeles trains. The return train, Los Angeles to Chicago stop in Longview on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. It serves about 20-50 passengers per day. A proposal is in the works for a high-speed rail system from Dallas / Ft. Worth to Shreveport along the I-20 corridor.

Longview is served by two freight railroad lines. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad operates two trains daily through Longview. The Union Pacific Railroad has 25 daily trains through Longview's facilities.

The Longview Economic Development Corporation website provides more details about the transportation infrastructure including air, rail, trucking, waterways, and highway information. Many maps are also available. [3]


One Interstate freeway and two U.S. Highways run through the City of Longview. Four Texas State highways also run into Longview. Two Texas State highway Spurs serve to connect highways in Longview.

Interstate 20 is an east/west freeway that connects Longview to Dallas, approx. 125 miles (201 km) to the west and to Shreveport, Louisiana, approx. 60 miles (97 km) to the east.

U.S. Highway 80, runs through the central district of Longview. U.S. Hwy 80 was once a coast to coast highway from Tybee Beach near Savannah, Georgia and ran continuously across the southern part of the United States to San Diego, California. Today its western terminus is in Dallas, Texas making the length only 1,032 miles (1,661 km).

U.S. Highway 259 is a 250-mile (400 km) north/south spur route connecting U.S. 59 from Nacogdoches, Texas and U.S. 59 near the Oklahoma/Arkansas border just south of Forth Smith, AR. Before Interstate 20, US 259 went through the center of Longview on a route that now is designated Texas State Highway 31 and Spur 502

Texas Highway 31 runs 143.3 miles (230.6 km) east/west between Longview and Waco, Texas.

Texas Highway 149 is a 33.9-mile (54.6 km) north/south highway connecting Longview with Carthage, Texas.

Texas Highway 300 is a short 18.62-mile (29.97 km) highway connecting Longview to U.S. 271 in Gilmer, Texas.

Texas Highway 281 is a 19.3-mile (31.1 km) loop highway that circumnavigates much of Longview from its east connection at I-20 east of the Gregg/Harrison county line to I-20 in Longview. It runs northward, westward, southward and eastward around the city.

Spur 502 connects north/south traffic between U.S. Hwy 80 in central Longview and U.S. Hwy 259 north of Longview.

Spur 63 runs north/south through Longview connecting TX Hwy 31 at its Longview terminus with Spur 502 north of TX Loop 281.

Longview is accessed easily by I-20. New construction has prompted some major upgrades to the city’s system of roads. Medians have been added to Loop 281 as Phase I of the project is nearing completion. Phase II of the project will upgrade the road to a six lane parkway. Slated to start in 2009 TxDOT has informed Longview officials that the funds have been withdrawn placing Phase II on indefinite hold. TxDOT is researching an outer loop around the north side of Longview to complete the East Texas Hourglass. The road will loop around Longview and Tyler and is slated to start in 2012.

The new I-69, part of the Trans-Texas Corridor TransTex Website, will be passing just east of the Longview area between Longview and Marshall. There has been huge local opposition to the 1/2 mile wide corridor that will include 6 lanes of traffic, along with rail lines and truck-only lanes. The planned I-69 highway will run near or over the current US 59 highway.


Looking west on Tyler St. in downtown Longview

The economy in Longview is healthy. Despite a national downturn in the housing market, Longview has been growing and home prices continue to rise. Some major sectors of the Longview economy include the East Texas Oil Field, services, technology, such as Exponential Networks, and manufacturing. In 2007, Longview added some major chains to the areas north side. The addition of Kohl's, two more Starbucks, a new Target, a third Wal-Mart supercenter on the south side and a handful of hotels means Longview is becoming a regional hub for shopping. Keeping shoppers in Longview and away from Tyler, Dallas and Shreveport has been an important strategy for the city. Most new construction has been located on the north side around Hawkins Pkwy. and US 259, with lesser development on the south side near Estes Pkwy.

In 2007, Longview received two important certifications and one very prestigious award. In October 2007 Longview was re-certified as a Texas Urban Main Street City. Currently, there are 89 cities in the Texas Main Street Program, 10 of them are Urban Main Street Cities. In December 2007 Longview was awarded the Certified Retirement Community by the Texas Department of Agriculture through their Go Texan initiative. Longview was also declared a winner in the top 100 Best Cities for Young People award.

According to the City's 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[11] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees Type of Business
1 Good Shepherd Medical Center 2,077 Hospital and Medical Services
2 Eastman Chemical 1,500 Chemical
3 Trinity Rail, LLC 1,333 Railway Cars
4 Longview Independent School District 1,180 Public Schools
5 LeTourneau Technologies 1,125 Heavy Equipment
6 City of Longview 814 Government
7 Longview Regional Hospital 690 Medical/Hospital Services
8 Pine Tree Independent School District 686 Public Schools
9 Dana Corporation 601 Automotive Supplies
10 Gregg County 575 Government

Other large private-sector employers

Source: Uniquely Longview Magazine 2008 Edition
company # of employees locally type of business
Diagnostic Clinic of Longview 515 Medical
SITEL 250 Telecommunications
Neiman Marcus National Service Ctr. 452 Distribution
STEMCO 385 Truck Equipment
TCIM 375 Telecommunications
LeTourneau University 365 University


Higher Education

The city of Longview is home to four institutions of higher learning and one trade (cosmetology) school:

Public Schools

Longview is one of a few in Texas that is served by four school districts.

Longview Independent School District Enrollment 8,150. 16 Schools. Home of the Lobos. Serves south and northeast Longview.

Pine Tree Independent School District Enrollment 4,631. 7 Schools. Home of the Pirates. Serves west Longview including Pine Tree and Greggton.

Spring Hill Independent School District Enrollment 1,862. 5 Schools. Home of the Panthers. Serves north Longview in the Spring Hill area.

Hallsville Independent School District Enrollment 4,037. 6 Schools. Home of the Bobcats. Serves far east Longview around Harrison county.


Longview operates two libraries.

  • Longview Public Library [4]
  • Broughton Branch Library


TV Stations

Longview and Gregg County are part of the Tyler-Longview-Lufkin-Nacogdoches DMA (Designated Market Area), DMA #110. The following in-market television stations are available over the air.

Call letters Channel number Studio location Name/Network Format
KLTV-DT 7.1 Tyler ABC-HD 720p DD5.1
7.2 Tyler This TV 480i
7.3 Tyler Telemundo LaVida 480i
KYTX-DT 19.1 Tyler CBS-HD 1080i DD5.1
19.2 Tyler MYTX: My Texas TV (RTN)
(not to be confused with myNetworkTV)
19.3 Tyler Azteca América 480i
KLGV-LP 36 Longview TBN 480i (analog)
KFXK-DT 51.1 Longview Fox-HD 720p DD5.1
KLPN-LP 51.2 Longview myNetworkTV 480i
KCEB 54.1 Longview The CW 480i
KETK-DT 56.1 Tyler NBC-HD 1080i DD5.1
56.2 Tyler Estrella 480i
KLPN-LP 58 Longview myNetworkTV (Construction permit to move to digital 47) 480i (analog)

The 5 major network stations in the market have local newscasts which all originate from Tyler. KYTX carries a special Longview/Kilgore edition at 6:30 PM weekdays, with news targeted to Gregg, Upshur, and Wood Counties. The once-daily KFXK newscast is at 9:00 PM weekdays.

The market does not have a dedicated PBS affiliate. The acting PBS affiliate is KERA-TV Dallas, and is available on cable and Dish Network. KLTS, the PBS affiliate from Shreveport, LA, is available on digital cable and over the air in many parts of the city. DirecTV viewers in the market receive the PBS National feed.

In addition to the in-market stations, most areas can receive some or all of the following stations from the Shreveport, LA - Texarkana, TX DMA:

Call letters Channel number Studio location Name/Network Format
KTBS-HD 3.1 Shreveport ABC-HD 720p DD5.1
KTBS-WX 3.2 Shreveport Mega3 Doppler Radar 480i
KTBS-DT 3.3 Shreveport 3 News 24/7 480i
KTAL-HD 6.1 Texarkana NBC-HD 1080i DD5.1
KSLA-DT 12.1 Shreveport CBS-HD 1080i DD5.1
12.2 Shreveport This TV 480i
12.3 Shreveport Stormtracker 12 24/7 Weather 480i
KPXJ-HD 21.1 Minden The CW HD 1080i DD5.1
KPXJ-DT 21.2 Minden The CW SD 480i
KLTS-DT 24.1 Shreveport LPB-HD (PBS-HD) 1080i
24.2 Shreveport LPB2 (PBS-Kids 6p-9p, PBS Encore 9p-6p) 480i
24.3 Shreveport LPB3 (PBS-Create) 480i
KMSS-DT 33.1 Shreveport Fox-HD 720p DD5.1
KSHV-DT 45.1 Shreveport myNetworkTV 480i

Also, some areas can receive some or all of the following stations from the Dallas, TX - Fort Worth, TX DMA:

Call letters Channel number Studio location Name/Network Format
KDTN-DT 2.1 Denton Daystar 720p
KDFW-DT 4.1 Dallas Fox-HD 1080i DD5.1
KXAS-DT 5.1 Fort Worth NBC-HD 1080i DD5.1
KXAS-DT2 5.2 Fort Worth NBC Plus
KXAS-DT3 5.3 Fort Worth Universal Sports
WFAA-DT 8.1 Dallas ABC-HD 1080i DD5.1
WFAA-DT2 8.2 Dallas News 8 Now
WFAA-DT3 8.3 Dallas 24/7 Traffic
WFAA-DT4 8.4 Dallas This TV 480i
KTVT-DT 11.1 Fort Worth CBS-HD 1080i DD5.1
KERA-DT 13.1 Dallas PBS-HD 1080i DD5.1
KERA-DT2 13.2 Dallas PBS-World
KDFI-DT 27.1 Dallas MY27 1080i DD5.1
KMPX-DT 29.1 Decatur SPANISH
KDAF-DT 33.1 Dallas The 33-HD 1080i DD5.1
KDAF-DT2 33.2 Dallas LATV
KTAQ-DT 47.1 Greenville Religious
KPXD-DT 68.1 Arlington ION
KPXD-DT2 68.2 Arlington QUBO
KPXD-DT3 68.3 Arlington ION LIFE
KPXD-DT4 68.4 Arlington WORSHIP

Cable Television/High-Speed Internet


[American Classifieds' Thrifty Nickel][[5]]


Longview and Gregg County are part of the Tyler-Longview Arbitron Radio Market, market # 145. The following radio stations can be reliably received in most parts of the city.

FM Stations

Frequency (MHz) Call letters Licensed location Type Format Nickname
88.7 KZLO Kilgore Translator of K-LOVE Contemporary Christian K-LOVE
89.5 KVNE Tyler Primary Christian radio
89.9 KDAQ Shreveport Primary NPR, Classical, Jazz Red River Radio
90.3 KBJS Jacksonville Primary Christian talk
90.7 KTAA Big Sandy Translator of KCCV-FM Christian talk
91.3 KGLY Tyler Primary Traditional Christian
91.9 KHCJ Jefferson Translator of KHCB-FM Christian radio
92.1 KTBB-FM Tyler Primary Talk radio
92.3 KCUL-FM Marshall Translator of KOYE Regional Mexican La Invasora
93.1 KTYL-FM Tyler Primary Hot Adult Contemporary Mix 93-1
93.7 KXKS-FM Shreveport Primary Country Kiss Country
94.5 KRUF Shreveport Primary Top 40 K94-5
95.3 KFRO-FM Gilmer Translator of KLJT Top 40 The Breeze
96.1 KKTX-FM Kilgore Primary Album-oriented rock 96X
96.5 KVKI-FM Shreveport Primary Adult Contemporary
98.1 KTAL-FM Texarkana/Shreveport Primary Classic rock 98Rocks
98.9 KTUX Carthage/Shreveport Primary Album-oriented rock 99X
99.3 KZTK White Oak Primary (?) Talk radio
100.3 KZQX-FM Tatum Primary Adult Standards, jazz QX-FM
100.7 KPXI Overton Primary Country
101.1 KRMD-FM Oil City Primary Country
101.5 KNUE Tyler Primary Country
101.9 K270AW Longview Translator of KXAL-LP Light Classical, Jazz
102.3 KLJT Jacksonville Primary Top 40 The Breeze
102.7 KBLZ Winona Primary Rhythmic contemporary The Blaze
103.1 KDVE Pittsburg Primary Spanish Contemporary Brisa
103.9 KMHT-FM Marshall Primary Country/Sports
104.1 KKUS Tyler Primary Classic Country
104.3 KGAS-FM Carthage Primary Country
104.5 KJTX Jefferson Primary Gospel
104.7 KXAL-LP Chalk Hill Primary, Low Power Light Classical, Jazz
105.3 K287AJ Kilgore Translator of KXAL-LP Light Classical, Jazz
105.7 KYKX Longview Primary Country
106.5 KOOI Jacksonville Primary Adult Contemporary Sunny 106.5
106.9 KAZE Ore City Translator of KBLZ Rhythmic contemporary The Blaze
107.3 KISX Whitehouse Primary Urban adult contemporary Hot 107-3 Jamz

AM Stations

Frequency (kHz) Call letters Licensed location Type Format
600 KTBB Tyler Primary News/Talk/Sports
710 KEEL Shreveport Primary News/Talk/Sports
1130 KWKH Shreveport Primary Classic Country/Sports
1240 KDOK Kilgore Primary True Oldies
1370 KFRO Longview Translator of KKUS (FM) Classic Country
1430 KEES Gladewater Primary News/Talk/Sports
1450 KMHT Marshall Primary ESPN Radio
1470 KWRD Henderson Primary ESPN Radio

Notable people

  • Catherine L. Bowie, One of the first African American WAC in WWII.[12]
  • Dr. Bill Bussey, US and World record holder of hot air balloon flights. Dr. Bill Bussey is a practicing dentist in Longview Texas who founded the Great Texas Balloon Race and is credited with originating the "Balloon Glow", a popular event at balloon festivals around the world. He was one of the founding members and directors of the North American Balloon Association. Dr. Bussey is also Chairman and CFO of "The Racing Experience"[13] which bills itself as the original Sprint Cup stock car racing school. In 2007, The Lone Star Flight Museum on Galveston Island, Texas inducted Dr. Bussey[14] into its Texas Aviation Hall of Fame.
  • Rodney Carrington[15], born in Longview, graduate of Pine Tree High School, Carrington attended Kilgore College in nearby Kilgore, Texas and studied acting. He is a popular comedian who mixes his adult humor with country music. He lives with his wife and family in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Chris Davis, professional baseball player, first baseman for the Texas Rangers from 2008-(Present).
  • Evonne Hsu, American-born Taiwanese singer.
  • Bill P. Keith, author and former member of the Louisiana State Senate[16]
  • Malcolm Kelly, Graduate of Longview High School, Wide Receiver for the Washington Redskins. Malcolm is involved with Mercy Ships[17], a global charity which uses hospital ships to provide free health care and community development services to developing nations.
  • Lee Lacy, professional baseball player from 1972-1987 - Lee Lacy was born in Longview, Texas and played major league baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles
  • Miranda Lambert, country music singer-songwriter who gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, was born in 1983 in Longview, Texas[citation needed], but was reared in Lindale, Texas about 80 miles east of Dallas. At age sixteen, Lambert began appearing on the Johnny High Country Music Review in Arlington, Texas, the same show that helped launch the career of LeAnn Rimes. Signed to Columbia Records in 2004, Lambert made her debut on the Billboard country music charts that year with the release of "Me and Charlie Talking", the first single from her 2005 debut album Kerosene. Her second album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was released in 2007.[18]
  • Linda Maxey, musician, first marimbist on the prestigious roster of Columia Artists Management, was raised in Longview, Texas, and graduated from Longview High School. Began studying piano at the age of four and marimba at age six. Her first major performance as a child was in Madison Square Garden in New York at the age of eleven. Maxey's New York debut was in 1990 at Carnegie Hall. Maxey is a Senior Fulbright Scholor, has held academic appointments at the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, Baylor University, Long Beach City College, the University of Kansas and the Lithuanian Academy of Music, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2002.
  • Matthew McConaughey, actor, producer and director - Matthew McConaughey is not from Longview in the sense that it is not his home town. McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. He moved to Longview in 1980 and graduated from Longview High School in 1988.
  • Neal McCoy, country singer-songwriter - Neal McCoy was born in Jacksonville, Texas and makes his home in Longview, Texas. Neal McCoy's first venture as a professional singer was with a R&B band. He later switched to country music. After winning a talent contest in 1981, McCoy got the opportunity to tour with C&W star Charley Pride, performing as Mr. Pride's opening act. After about six years, McCoy went on his own and released his first single. At the time he was still spelling his last name as McGoy which is a phonetic spelling of his parent's name, McGaughey (Neal was born as Hubert Neal McGaughey Jr.). By the time he released his first album, he had changed his last name to McCoy. According to the Official Neal McCoy website, Neal and his wife Melinda founded and operate the East Texas Angel Network (ETAN) in 1995. ETAN raises money to help the families of critically ill children in East Texas. Neal McCoy's video "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye," won the Video of the Year in 1997 from TNN/Music City News County Awards. Neal McCoy was also twice named the Entertainer of the Year in 1998 & 1999 from the TNN/Music City News Country Awards. In 2006 he received the ACM/Home Depot Humanitarian Award. McCoy has 3 platinum albums, and 1 gold album.[citation needed]
  • Charlie Neal, professional baseball player from 1956-1963 - Charlie Neal was born in Longview and spent eight seasons in the major leagues with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, and Cincinnati Reds. A two-time National League All-Star at second base (1959 & 1960), Charlie led the N.L. in triples and sacrifice hits in 1959.[citation needed]
  • Robert Newhouse, a professional football player in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys from 1972-1983 - Robert Newhouse was born in Longview, Texas in 1950 and graduated from Hallsville, TX High School in 1968.
  • Josh Scobee, place-kicker for the Jacksonville Jaguars - Josh Scobee was born in Longview, Texas and played football for Longview High School. Scobee began his career as a kicker during his senior year at Longview High School. He had a perfect record of 23 for 23 in kicking extra points. Scobee played for Louisiana Tech University setting the school record for field goals and total points scored by a kicker. In 2004, Scobee was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • John Ben Shepperd, state attorney general (1953–1957), native of Gladewater, formerly practiced law in Longview
  • Karen Silkwood, union activist who discovered while working for Kerr-McGee that there was evidence of spills, leaks, and missing plutonium. She was killed in an automobile accident while on her way to meet with an Atomic Energy Commission official and a New York Times reporter. Silkwood was the subject of a motion picture, Silkwood, released in 1983.
  • Ben Spies, professional motorcycle road racer - Ben Spies was born in Germantown, TN and grew up in Longview. Ben began riding motorcycles competitively as a teenager and turned pro in 2000 at age 16. He won his first national championship in 2006 and defended it successfully in 2007.
  • James Street, University of Texas quarterback from 1966-1969 - Led the Longhorns to the 1969 NCAA National Championship. He is also the father of Oakland Athletics pitcher Huston Street.
  • Bobby Taylor, Graduate of Longview High School, played football collegiately at Notre Dame, and professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-2005.
  • Jess Todd, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher.
  • José Francisco Torres, professional soccer player.
  • Craig Anthony Washington, politician, lawyer - Craig Washington was born in Longview, Texas. Washington is a former African-American Texas state representative, Texas state senator and a U.S. Congressman representing Texas as a Democrat in the United States House of Representatives. In 1972, the state of Texas began electing members of the state House of Representatives and State Senate, from single-member districts. Craig Washington, along with other minority candidates ran for the House of Representatives in Texas. Washington's effort was successful, and he served as Texas state representative, Rep. from District 86, 1973-1982. He then ran for the Texas state senate and served as a Texas state senator from Senatorial District 13, from 1983-1989. When a vacancy due to the death of Congressman Mickey Leland in 1989, Washington ran for and was elected as a Democrat to the 101st United States Congress for Texas's 18th congressional district. He successfully ran for reelection to the 102nd United States Congress and 103rd United States Congress and served from December 9, 1989, to January 3, 1995.
  • David Wesley, Graduate of Longview High School, professional basketball player from 1995-2007.
  • Sam West, professional baseball player from 1927-1942.
  • Forest Whitaker, Academy Award winning actor, producer and director - Forest Whitaker was born in Longview, Texas. His family moved to Southern California when he was four.
  • Dan Wright, professional baseball player - 2001-2006 - Dan Wright was born in Longview, Texas. Dan Wright was drafted on June 4, 1996 by the Cleveland Indians in the 19th round of the 1996 amateur draft but he did not sign with the Indians. On June 2, 1999 Wright was drafted again, this time by the Chicago White Sox in the 2nd round of the 1999 amateur draft and signed with the Sox on July 10, 1999. He played for the Chicago White Sox from 2001-2004 when he was released on December 15, 2004. As a free agent, Wright signed with the Seattle Mariners for the 2005 season and was placed on their Tacoma Rainiers AAA Club. The Seattle Mariners released Wright on June 21, 2006 [19].

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