Senator (R-CO)

William Lester Armstrong

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); is a resident of Littleton, Colo.

Quotes by This Author

“America's budgetary woes would not be nearly so severe if our economy were not groaning under the stress of financing two military budgets: our own and a significant portion of the Soviet Union' the last 10 years alone, the United States and other Western nations have sold to the Soviet Union and its satellites more than $50 billion worth of sophisticated technical equipment the Communists could not produce themselves...this equipment has been used to produce nuclear missiles, tanks, and armored cars, military command and control systems, spy satellites, and air defense radars...It is difficult to overstate the extent to which the West had contributed to the military threat that now endangers our very existence.” (Senator (R-CO) William Lester Armstrong, Senate speech April 13, 1982.)