Walter E. Powell

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Walter E. Powell
Walter E. Powell 93rd Congress 1973.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by Jackson Edward Betts
Succeeded by Tom Kindness
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 24th district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Buz Lukens
Succeeded by District Eliminated
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 4th district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Inaugural holder
Succeeded by Buz Lukens
Personal details
Born (1931-04-25) April 25, 1931 (age 86)
Political party Republican

Walter Eugene Powell (born April 25, 1931) was an American politician of the Republican party who served as a U.S. representative from Ohio from 1971 to 1975. Powell began his career as the city clerk of Fairfield, Ohio in 1956, and became a member of Fairfield City Council in 1958. In 1960, Powell successfully ran for the Ohio House of Representatives. He was reelected in 1962, and 1964.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided Powell with incentive to run for the Ohio Senate, which he did. He ended up winning, and took a seat in the upper chamber on January 3, 1967. While he was up for reelection to the Senate in 1970, he instead initially opted to run for Ohio State Treasurer. However, he eventually entered the race a seat in the United States House of Representatives.[1] He went on to win the seat, and ultimately swapped seats with his predecessor, Buz Lukens, who then was appointed to Powell's senate seat.[2]

Powell went on to serve two terms in Congress, and opted to retire after his second term ended in 1975, and was succeeded by Tom Kindness. Following his tenure in Congress, he retired to Middletown, Ohio.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Buz Lukens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 24th congressional district

1971–1973
Succeeded by
District eliminated
Preceded by
Jackson Edward Betts
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 8th congressional district

1973–1975
Succeeded by
Tom Kindness