Ike Skelton Jr.
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Ike Skelton Jr.


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U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) represented Missouri's Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 2011.

Skelton, a native of Lexington, is a graduate of Wentworth Military Academy and the University of Missouri at Columbia where he received A.B. and L.L.B. degrees. Prior to his election to Congress, Skelton served as Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney and as a Missouri State Senator.

A leader in the House on defense issues, Skelton was the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee from 2007 to 2011. Skelton's district is home to Fort Leonard Wood, Whiteman Air Force Base, and the Missouri National Guard Training Center. Skelton was instrumental in bringing the Army Engineer School to Fort Leonard Wood and the B-2 Stealth bomber to Whiteman.

Skelton was an Eagle Scout, a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity, a Lions Club member, and vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. Skelton was an elder of the First Christian Church in Lexington. He and his late wife Susie have three sons.

Ike passed away on October 28, 2013, at the age of 81.