Recognizing Former Iowa State Representative Ed Skinnerby Representative David Young
Posted on 2015-01-22
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Mr. YOUNG of Iowa. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the life of
former Iowa State Representative Ed Skinner who passed away on January
12, 2015 in Des Moines at the age of 78.
Mr. Skinner served the people of Iowa and Polk County as State Representative from 1968-1972 and spent many years as the Altoona and Pleasant Hill city attorney. During his time in the legislature, Ed was instrumental in the creation of one of Des Moines' biggest tourist attractions, Living History Farms.
Throughout his life Ed demonstrated a constant and legendary commitment of service to his family, community, state, and nation. He graciously volunteered his time to a number of organizations including the Altoona Lions, the Altoona Chamber of Commerce, and The Iowa Democratic Party, which recognized Ed with their Outstanding Supporter Award in 2013.
``He has been a strong advocate for eastern Polk County and has helped mentor generations of Democratic leaders throughout his life,'' the party said in a news release at the time.
Mr. Skinner was dedicated to mentoring and helping generations of leaders in Iowa and our nation because he believed in, and lived his life, serving others and working tirelessly for what he believed in.
It was a great honour to have known Ed and worked with him. I know that my colleagues in the House join me in honoring the accomplished life of Ed Skinner and offer our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.