Robert Longley

History and Government Expert


B.S., Texas A&M University


  • 30 years of experience in municipal government and urban planning
  • Served as liaison between Census Bureau and city governments during 1980, 1990, and 2000 Decennial U.S. Censuses 
  • Worked as election official in multiple local, state, and federal elections


Robert is a retired urban planning professional with nearly 30 years of experience in the areas of land use planning, zoning code development and administration, and geographic information systems. He has worked as a liaison with federal agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Census Bureau. 

As liaison for two cities, Robert worked directly with the U.S. Census Bureau on completion of the 1980, 1990, and 2000 Decennial U.S. Censuses. In addition, he has worked as an election official in several local, state, and federal elections. He has covered U.S. government, citizenship and American history for ThoughtCo since 1997.


Robert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in the area of landscape architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning from Texas A&M University in 1974. 

ThoughtCo and Dotdash

ThoughtCo is a premier reference site focusing on expert-created education content. We are one of the top-10 information sites in the world as rated by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company. Every month, more than 13 million readers seek answers to their questions on ThoughtCo.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population monthly. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone, and recently Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

Read more from Robert Longley