Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening on the passing of Ike Skelton, former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee:
"I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my friend, Ike Skelton. He was an extraordinary American, and I had the privilege of serving alongside him in Congress for nearly thirty years, where I saw his compassion, his humility, and his deep-rooted Missouri values up close. Ike was an incredible soul, a caring man who loved service and championed all who gave of themselves for their country and communities. He served our men and women in uniform with distinction as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and his visits to spend time with our troops on base and in the field were among his most cherished. Ike was also a fierce defender of America's working families and fought for the creation of jobs and opportunities that would strengthen communities. I will miss my friend dearly, and my thoughts tonight are with his wife, Patty, his family, and the people of Missouri's 4th District whom he served so ably and with such devotion throughout his career in Congress."