Ike Skelton
American politician
Ike Skelton
Isaac Newton "Ike" Skelton IV is the former U.S. Representative for . During his tenure, he has served as the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a member for the Democratic Party. On November 2, 2010 he lost his seat to Vicky Hartzler. The district takes in most of the western-central part of the state, from Jefferson City, the state capital, to the Kansas City suburbs.
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Military, officeholders mourn ex-US Rep. Skelton
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LEXINGTON, Mo. (AP) — Former longtime Missouri congressman Ike Skelton was remembered Monday as one of the military's "most trusted civilians" and one of politics' most civil statesmen as hundreds gathered to mourn his death.
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Former US Rep. Skelton devoted his career to the military, though he never served in its ranks
Fox News - over 3 years
Though he never served in the U.S. military, Ike Skelton became one of its strongest assets.
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Former U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton Of Missouri Dies
NPR - over 3 years
Former Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, who built a reputation as a military expert and social conservative during 34 years representing western and central Missouri in the U.S. House, died Monday in Virginia. He was 81. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Ike Skelton, former longtime congressman from Missouri, dies at 81
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Ike Skelton Dead: Former Missouri Representative Dies At 81
Huffington Post - over 3 years
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, who built a reputation as a military expert and social conservative during 34 years representing western and central Missouri in the U.S. House, died Monday in Virginia. He was 81. Skelton died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., surrounded by his wife, his sons and their families as well as longtime colleague Russell Orban, who confirmed the death. The cause was not immediately released, but Orban said Skelton entered the hospital a week earlier with a bad cough. A former prosecutor in his native Lexington, Mo., Skelton joined the national Kansas City-based law firm of Husch Blackwell following his 2010 defeat in Missouri's 4th Congressional District by Republican Vicky Hartzler, a state lawmaker who had strong tea party backing. Skelton worked for the firm in both Kansas City and Washington, D.C., and maintained homes in Lexington and the Washington suburb of McLean, Va. Skelton won the fi ...
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Mark Pfeifle: China's Strategic Next Step: Buying Critical US Taxpayer Funded Technology
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Unless the Obama administration intervenes, the United States may soon have to depend on one of China's wealthiest and most politically-connected Communist party leaders for access to taxpayer-funded technology that will power the next generation of space satellites and unmanned military vehicles. In the world of advanced lithium-ion batteries, the Holy Grail has been the development of safer, faster-recycling and longer-lasting technology that will operate in extreme temperatures. Working in partnership with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory with more than $250 million in federal and state grants, a Waltham, Massachusetts, company, A123 Systems, recently announced development of technology that advances battery science by at least a decade. The "nanophosphate lithium ion battery" is capable of retaining more than 90 percent of its initial capacity after 2,000 full charge-recharge cycles at temperatures as high as 133°F; in the extreme cold of space, it delivers a 20 p ...
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United States Shouldn't Hand Over Battery Technology to China (US News)
Memeorandum - about 4 years
US News: United States Shouldn't Hand Over Battery Technology to China  —  The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States must review the acquisition of U.S. battery technology by China's Wanxiang Group  —  Ike Skelton was a Democratic member of Congress and chairman of the U.S. House Armed …
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What do all these people have in common?
Fox News - about 4 years
“…What do Adm. Mike Mullen, Bob Gates, Madeleine Albright, Jim Baker, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Harold Brown, Samuel Berger, Frank Carlucci, Sam Nunn, Ike Skelton, Paul Volcker, John Warner, George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, and Paul O’Neill all have in common? They all signed a letter, published in a full-page ad in the WSJ this morning titled, “Addressing our debt is a national security imperative.” The message from the Coalition for Fiscal and National Security is essentially that: the nation’s debt must be stabilized if the U.S. is to maintain global leadership and anything short of that goal is “insufficient.” The ad includes this line: “Our leaders should use the consensus against going over the fiscal cliff as an opportunity to agree now on a framework for significant fiscal reform in 2013. Another ?kicking of the can’ –  the lowest common denominator of what both parties can currently accept, without any structural reforms that truly address the nation’s problems — is not acceptable.” ...
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NATO moving Naples base to high-tech campus
Fox News - over 4 years
NATO is moving its run-down southern command in Italy to a new, €164 million ($212 million) high-tech campus 20 kilometers (10 miles) away. NATO said Monday it would leave its base of nearly 60 years, located in the Naples neighborhood of Bagnoli, on Dec. 3 and move to the new campus at Lake Patria, up the coast in Campania's farmland. U.S. Navy Capt. Ike Skelton, spokesman for the Joint Force Command, said the new base corresponds to NATO's needs for greater operational flexibility. NATO is looking to reform and streamline its command structure, still partially based on Cold War requirements, in response to declining defense budgets in most member nations. This is in keeping with NATO's new philosophy of "smart defense," allowing members to combine resources.
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Akin Senate bid tests GOP strength in Missouri
San Francisco Chronicle - over 4 years
Akin Senate bid tests GOP strength in Missouri Associated Press Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:38 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2012 Obama has more or less conceded the state to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Should Akin manage to beat McCaskill without the support of Romney or other top Republicans, including all five living current or former GOP senators from the state, voters will solidify that an already red-leaning Missouri has truly become a rock-ribbed Republican stronghold. [...] in 2010, Missourians ousted Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton from a seat he held for 34 years in favor of a Republican who had been the spokeswoman for a successful ballot campaign to engrave a gay-marriage ban in the state constitution. Demographically, the racial composition of Missouri's residents, their average age, ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ike Skelton
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 81
    Skelton died of pneumonia at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Virginia on October 28, 2013, at the age of 81.
    More Details Hide Details According to Skelton's colleague, Russell Orban, Skelton had been admitted to the hospital a week earlier with a bad cough. Skelton's memoir, Achieve the Honorable, had been published just two weeks before his death.
  • 2012
    Age 80
    In 2012, the United States Military Academy recognized Skelton with the Sylvanus Thayer Award.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, the USAF Air University presented Skelton with an honorary Doctor of Law degree for his work in the advancement of military education.
  • 2010
    Age 78
    In 2010, Skelton faced former Republican state representative Vicky Hartzler, who had been out of politics for more than a decade.
    More Details Hide Details Polls consistently showed a very competitive race, easily the most competitive the district had seen in decades. Most pundits rated it as a toss-up. Skelton lost to Hartzler, 50 percent to 45 percent. While Skelton ran evenly with Hartzler in the areas closer to Kansas City, he lost badly in the rural areas, including some that had supported him for many years. In 2005 the U S Navy Memorial Foundation awarded Skelton its Naval Heritage award for his support of the U S Navy and military during his years in Congress.
    Before 2010, he only faced one truly serious challenge, in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details That year, Missouri lost a district, and Skelton's district was merged with the neighboring 8th District, represented by freshman Republican Wendell Bailey. Although Skelton retained almost 60 percent of his former territory, Bailey held him to 54 percent of the vote. Skelton seemed to have a fairly secure hold on his district, even though it had been trending Republican for some time. The rural areas of the district, once solidly Democratic, had turned increasingly Republican since the turn of the century. Indeed, in 2000, Republicans captured most of the area's legislative seats and have held them ever since. Even before then, the district had been shedding more of the strongly Democratic areas near Kansas City due to that city's dwindling population. As a result, it had been pushed further into heavily Republican Southwest Missouri. It was considered very likely that Skelton would be succeeded by a Republican once he retired.
  • 2009
    Age 77
    On October 8, 2009, Skelton, after addressing fellow Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, a Republican, on the House floor, said to Akin, "stick it up your ass."
    More Details Hide Details The comment was picked up by the microphone and could be heard on the C-SPAN broadcast. Skelton's spokeswoman, Jennifer Kohl, said the comment was not intended to be broadcast and was "said out of frustration in the heat of debate." Akin's spokesman, Steve Taylor, said the remark was "shocking and not characteristic of Skelton's behavior." When William J. Randall retired after 17 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Skelton won the Democratic nomination to succeed him with 40% of the vote in a crowded primary field of nine Democratic candidates. He ran with the endorsement of Truman's widow, Bess, which he attributes to his own father's support for Harry S. Truman in the 1940 U.S. Senate primary. He was reelected 16 times, usually by well over 60 percent of the vote.
    On August 29, 2009, Skelton married Patty Martin, a longtime friend and widowed middle school counselor from his home town.
    More Details Hide Details Skelton was an honorary chieftain in Scouting's Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was also of distant relation to Daniel Boone as well as to U.S. Representative Louise Slaughter of New York.
  • 2005
    Age 73
    His wife of 44 years, Susan Anding Skelton, died on August 23, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, on November 26, Skelton was injured when a van carrying him and fellow U.S. Representatives Tim Murphy and Jim Marshall overturned near Baghdad Airport while on an official visit to Iraq. Skelton and Murphy were airlifted to a U.S. Military hospital in Germany after complaining of neck pain. Both made a full recovery.
    In 2005, for instance, he opposed Senator Kit Bond's efforts to keep open the 131st Air National Guard Fighter Wing in St. Louis County.
    More Details Hide Details The wing was considered an "alert site" by the Defense Department, responsible for maintaining sovereignty over United States air space. In its final report, the 9/11 Commission found that the lack of alert sites, and with their positions primarily on the nation's periphery, reduced the capability of the military to respond effectively to the 9/11 attacks. Senator Bond testified in the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) hearings against the closure of the 131st, which was based at Lambert International Airport. He noted that this wing, which was located in a strategically important location, had protected critical assets on 09-11-01. He warned that the loss of the wing would compromise security over a vast area of the Midwestern United States. Representative Skelton, as the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, voted in favor of closure. The House passed the BRAC recommendations, and the base was subsequently closed, with its components deployed elsewhere.
  • 2001
    Age 69
    Skelton voted against the 2001 Bush Tax cuts.
    More Details Hide Details In 1981, he voted against Reagan's tax cuts. He was supportive of labor. The League of Conservation Voters rated Skelton at 53 percent on environmental issues. He was one of the few Congressional Democrats to vote in favor of CAFTA and mostly supported free trade deals. He was a supporter of TRiO programs. Skelton was fairly conservative on social issues. He opposed abortion and gun control. He helped craft the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, and voted against its repeal in 2010. Skelton was a long-time proponent of the Missouri National Guard, in recognition for which the National Guard Training Center in Jefferson City is named in his honor. However, at times he has disagreed with other members of Missouri's congressional delegation over the state's defense installations.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1971
    Age 39
    Skelton was a member of the Missouri Senate, representing Lafayette County, from 1971 until 1977.
    More Details Hide Details As chairman of the full committee, Skelton served as an ex officio member of all subcommittees. Skelton served as Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, having previously served as Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee since 1998 but was promoted to Chairman following the 2006 midterm elections when Democrats regained control of Congress. Skelton voted with Democratic leadership 94.6% of the time during the 111th Congress, meaning he broke with his party more frequently than 82% of the Democratic Caucus. Vicky Hartzler, Skelton's 2010 Congressional opponent, stated on the campaign trail that Skelton has voted in line with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 95% of the time during his tenure in the House. Before the 2006 election, Skelton told columnist George Will that if the Democrats won control of Congress, his main priority would be "oversight, oversight, oversight!" While he voted for the War in Iraq, he expressed serious misgivings about troop readiness. In 2006, he favored reducing the number of troops in Iraq and supported redeploying a brigade from Iraq to Kuwait. Will suggested that under Skelton, the Armed Services Committee would resemble a U.S. Senate committee created to examine defense spending during World War II. This committee was chaired by Skelton's hero, Harry S. Truman.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 25
    He was a prosecuting attorney from 1957 until 1960 and a special assistant attorney general.
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  • 1953
    Age 21
    He also attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 1953.
    More Details Hide Details Skelton then became a lawyer and entered private practice in Lafayette County, Missouri.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 19
    Skelton is an Eagle Scout. He earned an associate of arts degree from Wentworth Military Academy and College in 1951, an A.B. in 1953 and an LL.B. in 1956 from the University of Missouri.
    More Details Hide Details He is a brother of Sigma Chi and Alpha Phi Omega at the University of Missouri.
  • 1949
    Age 17
    When he was 17, Skelton attended Truman’s 1949 inauguration.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Born
    Born on December 20, 1931.
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