Larry Winn

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Edward Lawrence “Larry” Winn Jr. (August 22, 1919 – December 31, 2017) was an American politician and member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Kansas’s 3rd district from 1967 to 1985. He was a member of the Republican Party.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Winn participated in athletics at Southwest High School before losing one of his legs in a boating accident at Lake Lotawana when he was sixteen. He earned a B.A. in journalism from University of Kansas in 1941. After graduating, Winn worked for a Kansas City radio station for two years and, during World War II, worked for North American Aviation at Fairfax Field, north of Kansas City, Kansas, where the B-25 Mitchell bomber was manufactured.[1] He then pursued a career in home building and was vice president of the Winn-Rau Corporation from 1950 until his election to Congress. Additionally, he was a director of the National Association of Home Builders for fourteen years and was president of the Home Builders Association of Kansas.[2]

Winn was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican from the Wyandotte and Johnson Counties-based 3rd congressional district in 1966, succeeding three-term congressman Robert Ellsworth, and would be reelected eight more times until his retirement in 1984. During his tenure, he served on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and was a congressional representative to the United Nations.[1] He was succeeded by fellow Republican Jan Meyers.

Winn met his wife, Joan Elliott, while attending college and the two would be married for seventy-three years until her death in 2015. Together, they had five children; the death of their son Robert in 1983 played a part in the senior Winn’s decision to retire from Congress. He lived in Prairie Village until his death on December 31, 2017 at age 98.[1]

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Ellsworth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas’s 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1985
Succeeded by
Jan Meyers