Leo Winters

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Leo Winters
9th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
In office
January 14, 1963 – January 9, 1967
Governor Henry Bellmon
Preceded by George Nigh
Succeeded by George Nigh
11th Oklahoma State Treasurer
In office
January 9, 1967 – January 12, 1987
Preceded by Cowboy Pink Williams
Succeeded by Ellis Edwards
Personal details
Born (1922-11-07)November 7, 1922
Hooker, Oklahoma
Died March 5, 2005(2005-03-05) (aged 82)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Political party Democratic

Leo Winters (November 7, 1922 – March 5, 2005) was the ninth Lieutenant Governor and eleventh State Treasurer for the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Winters, a member of the 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, after beating former US Representative Wilburn Cartwright in the primary with 63% and defeating Republican Dale J. Briggs in the general election with 54%.[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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