Steve Winter

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Steven J. Winter
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New Hampshire House of Representatives
Personal Details
Birth: October 2, 1938
Evanston, Illinois
Death: July 15, 2023(2023-07-15) (aged 84)
Woodcrest Village, New London, New Hampshire
Education: California State University, Los Angeles (1962)
Military: United States Navy (1962-1967, Commander)
Occupation: American Airlines Pilot (Retired Captain)
Residence: Newbury, NH
Party: Republican Party (formerly Libertarian)
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Steven J. Winter (October 2, 1938 - July 15, 2023) was born in Evanston, Illinois, as the youngest of two sons of Oswald and Anne (Stordeur) Winter. He graduated from San Bernardino (CA) High School in 1956 and earned his Bachelor's degree from California State University, Los Angeles in 1962.

Career as an American Airlines Pilot

Winter worked as a pilot for American Airlines for 31 years, retiring in 1998 as a Captain, flying international routes. Before that, he served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1967 as a Naval Aviator, achieving the rank of Commander.

Political Career

In April 1994, Winter, a 55-year-old pilot, announced his candidacy for the governor of New Hampshire as a Libertarian. His platform focused on education reform, tax cuts, and an overhaul of state government. He supported tax rebates for parents who opted for private education for their children, as well as reducing social services programs and privatizing the liquor business.

Winter had an active political career, including several noteworthy positions:

  • He ran for the New Hampshire governorship as a Libertarian in 1994.
  • He worked on John McCain's 2000 campaign in both New Hampshire and South Carolina.
  • He served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
  • He was unanimously elected twice as the Clerk and Chief Legislative Officer of the New Hampshire Senate.
  • He served as a member of the New Hampshire State Republican Committee.

Community and Leadership Involvement

Outside of politics and his career as a pilot, Winter was actively involved in various community and leadership roles:

  • He held leadership positions within the Allied Pilots Association, the pilot's union for American Airlines.
  • He was involved with St. Andrews Episcopal Church in New London, where he served as a treasurer and Vestryman.
  • He was Vice President of the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Association of Parliamentarians.
  • He co-founded and served as President of the Hospice of the Kearsarge Valley.
  • He was a member of the New London Rotary and the Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee Navy Birthday Committee.
  • He formerly served as a Director of the New London Outing Club, where he coached baseball and soccer.

Little League World Series Participation

Winter had a notable achievement in his youth as a baseball player. He pitched in the 1951 Little League World Series, representing California in Williamsport, PA. He also participated in the 1952 and 1953 Pony League World Series for 13- and 14-year-olds. Additionally, in 1958, he served as the California State Cadet Commander for the Civil Air Patrol.

Family and Personal Life

Winter was married to Loa "Connie" Cornelia (nee Vanderhoek) for 59 years. They had two sons, Mark Winter and Eric Winter, and four grandchildren, Maisie, William, Eleanor, and Asa. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard, and both of his parents.

Death and Obituary

Winter passed away at the age of 84 on July 15, 2023, at Woodcrest Village in New London, New Hampshire, after a brief illness.