Former Kansas lawmaker Dr. Bill Roy dead at 88

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A former Kansas congressman has died.

Dr. William Roy served the 2nd district of Kansas from 1971 to 1975.

He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2974 against Bob Dole and lost by only a few thousand votes.

"I am saddened by the passing of Bill Roy.  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," Governor Brownback said in a statement Monday night.

Roy was also a columnist for the Topeka Capital-Journal, where he worked since 1989.

“Bill Roy was one of the few liberal voices on our opinion page,” Fred Johnson said, the Capital-Journal’s opinion page editor. His background in medicine and law always lead readers to respect his opinion, although they may not have agreed with his politics. His next column was to have run June 2. He was a regular columnist for decades, and I’m sure he will be missed by his loyal readers. We will miss him, too.”

The executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, Jason Perkey, also released a statement Monday night. It reads:

"The Kansas Democratic Party is deeply saddened by the passing of William "Bill" Roy. Dr. Roy proudly served our nation and our state, first as a member of the United States Air Force and then as a Democratic member of Congress. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Roy family and the countless people whose lives Bill touched."

Roy lived in Topeka, he was 88 years old.

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