ARMSTRONG, William Lester, (1937 - 2016)

Senate Years of Service: 1979-1991
Party: Republican

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

ARMSTRONG, William Lester, a Representative and a Senator from Colorado; born in Fremont, Dodge County, Nebr., March 16, 1937; attended the public schools, Tulane University 1954-1955, and the University of Minnesota 1956; served in the United States Army National Guard 1957-1963; president of a radio station in Aurora, Colo.; banker; State representative 1963-1964; State senator 1965-1972; State senate majority leader 1969-1972; elected in 1972 as a Republican to the Ninety-third Congress; reelected to the Ninety-fourth and Ninety-fifth Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 3, 1979); was not a candidate in 1978 for reelection to the House of Representatives, but was elected to the United States Senate; reelected in 1984, and served from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1991; not a candidate for reelection in 1990; chairman, Republican Policy Committee (Ninety-ninth through One Hundred First Congresses); was a resident of Littleton, Colo., until his death on July 5, 2016.