Leo Winters

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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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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)