William L. Armstrong

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William L. Armstrong
Sen William L Armstrong.jpg
United States Senator
from Colorado
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by Floyd K. Haskell
Succeeded by Hank Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by New district
Succeeded by Ken Kramer
Personal details
Born (1937-03-16) March 16, 1937 (age 78)
Fremont, Nebraska
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater Tulane University
University of Minnesota
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army National Guard
Years of service 1957–1963

William Lester "Bill" Armstrong (born March 16, 1937) is an American businessman and politician. He is a member of the Republican party and served as a United States Representative and Senator from Colorado.[1]

Early life[edit]

Armstrong was born in Fremont, Nebraska, and graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School. After attending Tulane University and the University of Minnesota without receiving a degree, he served in the United States National Guard from 1957 to 1963.[2] By the early 1960s, Armstrong owned radio stations in Colorado.[3][4]


In 1972, Armstrong was elected a United States Representative to the 93rd Congress. He was reelected to the 94th and 95th Congresses (January 3, 1973–January 3, 1979).[5] In 1978, Armstrong was elected to the United States Senate, defeating Democratic incumbent Floyd K. Haskell. He was reelected in 1984 and served from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1991. While serving in the United States Senate, Armstrong was the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee (99th through 101st Congresses). Armstrong opted to retire and did not seek reelection in 1990.

Armstrong is currently the president of Colorado Christian University, having served in that position since 2006. He is on the Board of Directors for Campus Crusade for Christ.[6]


  1. ^ "William L. Armstrong". NNDB. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ARMSTRONG, William Lester, (1937 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  3. ^ Richard Fatherly & David MacFarland, The Birth of Top 40 Radio Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2014, p. 38.
  4. ^ Susan C. Anthony, "Sen. Bill Armstrong" http://susancanthony.com/res/dennis/barmstrong.html
  5. ^ "Sen. William Armstrong". Govtrack.us. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Greetings from the President". Colorado Christian University. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
New district Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Kenneth B. Kramer
United States Senate
Preceded by
Floyd K. Haskell
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Colorado
Served alongside: Gary Hart, Timothy E. Wirth
Succeeded by
Hank Brown
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gordon L. Allott
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from Colorado (Class 2)
1978, 1984
Succeeded by
Hank Brown
Preceded by
John Tower
Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee
Succeeded by
Don Nickles