R.I.P. REP. IKE SKELTON
Sad Missouri political news this evening . . .
Former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton, a champion of the military who served 17 terms in the U.S. House before losing a re-election bid in 2010, has died. He was 81.
KMBC: Former Mo. congressman Ike Skelton dies at 81
KCTV5: Former U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton dies at 81
Fox4: Fmr. Mo. Congressman Ike Skelton dies at 81
Examiner: Skelton died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., surrounded by his wife, his sons and their families ...
Jackson County Democratic Committee
Rep. Jerry Moran: I'm saddened to hear about the passing of my good friend, Ike Skelton—Missouri has lost a tremendous public servant
Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Roy Temple:
“He was a Missourian, a statesman and a champion of a strong and sensible national defense. And above all, he was a gentleman. His love of and faith in America was unshakable and his support for the U.S. military was second to none. This is a loss for Missouri and the nation. We extend our sincerest sympathy to his family.”
Sen. Roy Blunt: "Ike Skelton loved our country and its history and will be remembered for his contributions to both."
Pneumonia listed as cause of Ike Skelton's death
Statement by the President on the Passing of Former Congressman Ike Skelton
"For 34 years, Ike Skelton served the people of Missouri in the United States Congress. He was beloved and respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Ike was a devoted advocate for our men and women in uniform. To many in Congress and across Missouri, Ike was a mentor and a friend, and he will be missed. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Patty, his family and loved ones."