Ike Skelton

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Ike Skelton
U.S. Representative – MO-04
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Party Democratic
Assumed office

January 4, 1977

Preceded by William Randall
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Born December 20, 1931
Spouse Susan Anding Skelton (died)
Religion Disciples of Christ


Ike Skelton is a Democratic Congressman from Missouri, where he represents the 4th district. He was first elected to Congress in 1977, and before that, Skelton served as Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney and as a Missouri State Senator.

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Skelton was born in Lexington, Missouri, where he still lives today. As a boy, he met Harry Truman, whom he still admires. Skelton was a prosecuting attorney from 1957 until 1960 and a special assistant attorney general. Skelton was a member of the Missouri State Senate from Lafayette County from 1971 until 1977. When William J. Randall retired after 17 years as Congressman, Skelton won the Democratic nomination to succeed him by winning 40% of the vote in a nine candidate Democratic primary.

Skelton is rated as a moderate Democrat. He opposes abortion, gay rights, and gun control, but is strongly supportive of labor. [1] Before the election, Skelton told Newsweek's George Will that his main priority as chairman of the Armed Services Committee will be "oversight, oversight, oversight!" While he voted for the war in Iraq, he has expressed serious misgivings about troop readiness. He favors reducing the number of troops in Iraq, and even favors redeploying a brigade from Iraq to Kuwait.

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  • Official House website.

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