The Honorable Ike Skelton
Distinguished Professor of Practice
Ike Skelton served as the U.S. Representative from Missouri’s Fourth District (1977-2011). As U.S. Representative, Ike’s focus was on issues involving jobs and the economy, the War in Afghanistan, military health insurance reform, and standing up for the U.S. men and women in uniform. He also served as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee from 2007 until his departure. For decades, he was the principal congressional advocate for professional military education.
Ike Skelton was instrumental in the enactment of the Goldwater-Nichols Act, which simplified the chains of command, reduced inter-service rivalries, and implemented shared procurement processes between the branches. More recently, Ike Skelton drafted and helped institute the Weapons Acquisition Systems Reform Act, reform-minded legislation which overhauls the defense procurement process and provides additional checks against cost overruns and schedule changes.
Ike Skelton is currently a partner at Husch Blackwell, where he advises clients on a variety of legal and public policy issues, especially matters relating to national defense, small business, and international trade.
Ike Skelton is also on the board of advisors at the Center for a New American Security.