Even in these current days of uber-partisanship, Congress still takes pains to honor its own.
So one of its past statesmen will get his due on Monday when the official portrait of former House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, who represented Missouri in Congress for 34 years, will be unveiled.
Skelton lost his re-election bid in 2010 to Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler. He led the Armed Services panel for just four years, from 2007-2011. But his service on the committee went back many years, and his time in Congress began during the Carter administration, in 1977.