William L. Armstrong

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William L. Armstrong
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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
Member of the Colorado Senate
In office
Member of the Colorado House of Representatives
In office
President of Colorado Christian University
In office
Preceded by Larry R. Donnithorne
Succeeded by Donald W. Sweeting
Personal details
Born (1937-03-16)March 16, 1937
Fremont, Nebraska
Died July 5, 2016(2016-07-05) (aged 79)
Denver, Colorado
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 (March 16, 1937 – July 5, 2016) was an American businessman and politician. He was 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 1963 and 1964, Armstrong served in the Colorado House of Representatives. He then served in the Colorado State Senate from 1964 to 1972.[5] 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).[6] 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 was President of Colorado Christian University at the time of his death, having served in that position since 2006. He was on the Board of Directors for Campus Crusade for Christ.[7]

Armstrong became well known for his catchphrase "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus".

Armstrong died on July 5, 2016 from cancer at the age of 79.[8]


  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. ^ President Armstrong Announces Retirement
  6. ^ "Sen. William Armstrong". Govtrack.us. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Greetings from the President". Colorado Christian University. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "William Armstrong, Ex-US Senator for Colorado, Dies at 79". ABC News. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 

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