William L. Armstrong
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William L. Armstrong
William L. Armstrong
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President of Colorado Christian University

August 2006 - July 5, 2016
Larry Donnithorne
Donald W. Sweeting
United States Senator
from Colorado

January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1991
Floyd Haskell
Hank Brown
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 5th district

January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1979
Constituency established
Ken Kramer
Personal details
William Lester Armstrong

(1937-03-16)March 16, 1937
Fremont, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedJuly 5, 2016(2016-07-05) (aged 79)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Resting placeFairmount Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ellie M. Eaton
EducationTulane University
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1957-1963
UnitArmy National Guard

William Lester Armstrong (March 16, 1937 - July 5, 2016) was an American businessman, administrator and politician. He was a member of the Republican party and served as a United States Representative and Senator from Colorado.[1]

Early life and career

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]

At age 22 in 1959, Armstrong bought radio station KOSI-AM, which became KEZW in 1981.[3] Armstrong founded KOSI-FM in 1968 before selling the FM station to Group W in 1981.[4] Armstrong sold KEZW in 1986.[5] He also was president of Ambassador Media, which owned television station KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho and satellite stations KKVI in Twin Falls, Idaho and KJVI in Jackson, Wyoming.[6][3][5][4][7]


In 1962, Armstrong became the youngest (at that time) person ever elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, where he served one term. He then served in the Colorado State Senate from 1964 to 1972, including two terms as President of the Senate.[8] In 1972, Armstrong was elected to the U.S. Congress from the new fifth district. He was reelected to the 94th and 95th Congresses .[9] In 1978, Armstrong was elected to the U.S. Senate, defeating former astronaut Jack Swigert in the GOP primary in September,[10] and Democratic incumbent Floyd Haskell in November. He and Swigert became good friends and Armstrong was with the former astronaut when he died from cancer in December 1982.[11][12]. Reelected in 1984, he served in the Senate for twelve years. Armstrong served on the Banking, Finance, and Budget Committees, and was noted for his successful effort to index personal income tax rates to the rate of inflation. He was the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee (99th through 101st Congresses); he 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.[13]

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

Armstrong died from cancer at the age of 79 in 2016.[3]


  1. ^ "William L. Armstrong". NNDB. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Armstrong, William Lester, (1937 - 2016)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ a b c Elliott, Dan (July 6, 2016). "William Armstrong, ex-US senator for Colorado, dies at 79". Associated Press. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ a b "William L. "Bill" Armstrong, 1937-2016". Colorado Christian University. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Remembering Bill Armstrong". KOSI. July 11, 2016. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ Richard Fatherly & David MacFarland, The Birth of Top 40 Radio Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2014, p. 38.
  7. ^ "Group Ownership" (PDF). Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1995. R.R. Bowker. 1995. p. A-98. ISBN 0835236013.
  8. ^ President Armstrong Announces Retirement
  9. ^ "Sen. William Armstrong". Govtrack.us. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "Primaries kind to most incumbents". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). UPI. September 13, 1978. p. A-1.
  11. ^ "Apollo 13 astronaut dies at 51". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. December 28, 1982. p. A-9.
  12. ^ Treaster, Joseph B. (December 29, 1982). "Jack Swigert, astronaut elected to Congress, dies". New York Times. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Greetings from the President". Colorado Christian University. Retrieved 2012.

External links

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

Succeeded by
Ken Kramer
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gordon L. Allott
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Colorado
(Class 2)

1978, 1984
Succeeded by
Hank Brown
Preceded by
John Tower
Chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee
Succeeded by
Don Nickles
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Floyd K. Haskell
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Colorado
Served alongside: Gary Hart, Tim Wirth
Succeeded by
Hank Brown
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Larry Donnithorne
President of Colorado Christian University
Succeeded by
Donald W. Sweeting

[[Category:University of Minnesota alumni]

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