Ike Skelton

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Ike Skelton
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U.S. House, Missouri, District 4
Former member
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 2011
Date of birthDecember 20, 1931
Place of birthLexington, Missouri
This article is about the former Missouri congressman. For the 2012 Missouri state house candidate, see Todd Isaac Skelton.

Ike Skelton was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives. He represented the 4th District of Missouri.

Vicky Hartzler was his successor.

Skelton passed away on October 28, 2013.[1]



Skelton was the Democratic candidate as he ran for re-election in the November 2, 2010 election, facing Vicky Hartzler. Hartzler won the election.[2]

Campaign finance

Democrat Ike Skelton raised $2.6 million compared to $1.1 million by Republican Vicky Hartzler.[3]

Voting record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Skelton voted with the House Democratic leadership 94.5% of the time.[4] That same analysis reported that he also voted with party leadership 93.1% of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post from July 23, 2010, concluded that he voted 94.6% of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[5]

Specific votes

Rep. Skelton voted for TARP.[6] According to a Gallup poll from September 13, 2010, 61% of Americans disapprove of TARP, while 37% approve.[7]

Skelton also supported the auto bailout.[8] As of September 13, 2010: 56% of Americans disapproved of the auto bailout, while 43% supported it.[9]

In addition, Rep. Skelton voted for the stimulus bill.[10] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [11]

Skelton also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[12] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[13]

Finally, Skelton supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[14] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[15]