Former congressman seen as a friend to truckers
The commercial truck community had many nice things to say about a former congressman who passed away in October.
U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton served Missouri’s 4th Congressional District from 1977 through 2011 and died on Oct. 28.
“Ike was always a good friend to regular people,” said Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. “He was an extremely competent, dedicated lawmaker and public servant, but that’s not even half the story. He was a genuinely caring, thoughtful and nice person to all he met. He will be missed.”
Landline Magazine said Skelton was “credited for recognizing the support role of truckers in national defense and for the provision in law that says any truckers hauling Department of Defense loads receive 100 percent of fuel surcharges on the loads they move.”
President Obama issued his own statement on the Skelton’s importance as a congressman.
“For 34 years, Ike Skelton served the people of Missouri in the United States Congress,” Obama said. “He was beloved and respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and as Chairman of the Armed Services Committee Ike was a devoted advocate for our men and women in uniform. To many in Congress and across Missouri, Ike was a mentor and a friend, and he will be missed. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife Patty, his family and loved ones.”