Keith P. White

Ike Skelton Found a Way to Serve the Military

Ike Skelton was an example of a particular breed of Missouri Democrats who were moderate-to-liberal on economic issues, conservative on social ones and strong defenders of the military.

It was that last interest that led Skelton, who died Monday at the age of 81, to say that “undoubtedly the high point of my political career” was becoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.