WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) expressed his condolences on the passing of U.S. Rep. John Murtha (D-Penn.):   


“Jack was a first class Marine and Member of Congress. His advocacy of the Armed Forces and the state of Pennsylvania made him a true champion for his constituents. I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family .


Rep. Murtha, a 19-term Congressman and retiree of the U.S. Marine Corps, passed away today from surgical complications.