- William R. Roy
William Robert Roy (born in
Bloomington, Illinoison February 23, 1926) was a United States Representativefrom Kansas. He attended the Lexington, Illinoispublic schools and earned a B.S. from Illinois Wesleyan Universityin 1945 as well as a B.M.from Northwestern UniversityMedical School in Chicago, 1948. He received an M.D.from the same university in 1949 as well as a J.D.from Washburn UniversityLaw School in Topeka, Kansas, 1970.
Roy served in the
United States Air Force, 1953-1955, and was discharged with rank of captain. He practiced medicine in Topeka from 1955 to 1970 and was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second and Ninety-third Congresses ( January 3, 1971-January 3, 1975). He changed his registration in 1970 to run as a Democrat. ( [http://www.cjonline.com/stories/111106/opi_roy.shtml] ) He was not a candidate in 1974 for reelection but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senatein that year; he lost to Bob Doleonly by a few thousand votes. In a 1996 interview with PBS, he explained his decision to seek election to the Senate, saying, "I was far from an admirer of Bob Dole, I'll tell you that. He'd been around and he had been pretty much a hatchet man, both in Kansas, and as far as President Nixon was concerned. And so I saw it as a wonderful opportunity to take him out of politics, which I thought was very important at that time." [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/choice/bob/roy.html] He ran for the US Senate again in 1978 but lost to Nancy Kassebaum. He resumed the practice of medicine in Topeka until 1989 and is a resident of that city.
Since 1989, Roy has been a regular columnist for the Topeka "Capital Journal,Kansas paper of record.". His columns often reflect a liberal perspective, including strong support for universal health insurance [http://cjonline.com/stories/021707/opi_148881415.shtml] and opposition to the policies of President
George W. Bush[http://cjonline.com/stories/062999/opi_billroy.shtml] . His 2001-2002 columns in the Metro News, a Topeka paper, rallied sentiment to stop the sale of Kansas Blue Cross Blue Shield to Anthem of Indianapolis (now Wellpoint) [http://cjonline.com/stories/111304/opi_roy.shtml] . His column appears on Saturdays.
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