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Former congressman dies at 88

By The Herald Staff | 5/28/2014

Former Kansas congressman Bill Roy died Monday in Topeka at the age of 88, according to media reports.

Roy, a Democrat from Topeka, served the 2nd District of Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 1975. Roy also was a columnist for the Topeka Capital Journal, but will be remembered for his close loss to Republican candidate Bob Dole in the 1974 U.S. Senate race.

Former Kansas congressman Bill Roy died Monday in Topeka at the age of 88, according to media reports.

Roy, a Democrat from Topeka, served the 2nd District of Kansas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971 to 1975. Roy also was a columnist for the Topeka Capital Journal, but will be remembered for his close loss to Republican candidate Bob Dole in the 1974 U.S. Senate race.

Gov. Sam Brownback said he was saddened by the news of the former congressman’s passing, according to a news release.

“I am saddened by the passing of Bill Roy,” Brownback said. “He served the people of Kansas proudly and well. He was always generous with his time and knowledge and cared deeply for this state. My prayers and sympathy are with his son, family and friends.”

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