TOPEKA, Kan. - Dr. William Roy, a Democratic member of Congress from 1971 to 1975, has died at the age of 88.
Roy's son, Bill Roy Jr., told The Topeka Capital-Journal that his father had surgery at the Mayo Clinic but died early Monday.
Roy served two terms in the House of Representatives before running unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Bob Dole in 1974 and against Nancy Kassebaum in 1978. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1976 and 1984 and also served on the Kansas Board of Regents.
Roy, a doctor in Topeka from 1955 to 1989, also wrote a column for the Capital-Journal. He is not related to the Bill Roy who edits the Wichita Business Journal and appears weekdays on KAKE during Good Morning Kansas.
Gov. Sam Brownback and the Kansas Democratic Party issued statements Monday praising Roy's service to the state.