Leo Winters

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Leo Winters
Born November 7, 1922
Hooker, Oklahoma
Died March 5, 2005
Oklahoma City
Nationality German
Occupation pilot, lawyer, politician
Known for lieutenant governor of Oklahoma (1963 - 1967)

Leo Winters (November 7, 1922 – March 5, 2005) was a lieutenant governor and state treasurer for the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Winters, a member of the United States Democratic Party, served alongside Oklahoma's first Republican governor, Henry Bellmon.

Early life

Winters was born November 7, 1922, in Hooker, Oklahoma, to David and Gertrude Winter, who were German immigrants from the Ukraine.[1] Winters attended Panhandle State University, but left college to join the United States Army Air Corps.[1] After serving in World War II as a B-17 and B-29 pilot and a total of 5 years of active duty service, he returned to Panhandle State University and earned a bachelor's degree.[1] He earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Law in 1957.[1]

Political career

Winters began his political career as Secretary of the Oklahoma State Election Board from 1955 through 1963.[1] He served as an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1956.[2] He was elected lieutenant governor on November 6, 1962, defeating Republican Dale J. Briggs.[3] He served alongside Oklahoma's first Republican governor, Henry Bellmon.[4]

In 1966, Winters successfully campaigned to become state treasurer.[1]

Later life and death

Winters died Saturday, March 5, 2005, in Oklahoma City at the age of 82.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Leo Winters obituary, The Oklahoman, March 8, 2005. (accessed July 23, 2013)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard (accessed July 23, 2013)
  3. ^ Our Campaigns - OK Lt. Governor Race, November 6, 1962
  4. ^ Gibson, Arrell Morgan. Oklahoma: A History of Five Centuries, p. 252. (accessed July 23, 2013)
Political offices
Preceded by
George Nigh
Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
Succeeded by
George Nigh
Preceded by
Cowboy Pink Williams
Treasurer of Oklahoma
Succeeded by
Ellis Edwards
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