Frank N. Ikard

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Frank Neville Ikard
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Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 13th district
In office
September 8, 1951 – December 15, 1961
Preceded by Ed Gossett
Succeeded by Graham B. Purcell, Jr.
Judge of the Texas 30th Judicial District Court
In office
November 1948 – September 8, 1951
Personal details
Born (1913-01-30)January 30, 1913
Henrietta, Clay County, Texas, USA
Died May 1, 1991(1991-05-01) (aged 78)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) (1) Jean Hunter Ikard (died 1970)

(2) Jayne Brumley Ikard (died Aug. 27, 2010 at 83)

Children Frank Ikard, Jr.

William F. Ikard

Alma mater Schreiner University

University of Texas
University of Texas School of Law

Occupation Lawyer/lobbyist
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War II Prisoner of War in Germany

Frank Neville Ikard (January 30, 1913 – May 1, 1991) was a Democratic United States Representative from Texas' 13th congressional district, centered about Wichita Falls, Texas.

Ikard was born in Henrietta in Clay County, Texas, and attended the public schools and the Schriener Institute, in Kerrville, Texas. He earned an Bachelor of Arts in 1936 at the University of Texas in Austin, where he was a member of the honorary men's service organization known as the Texas Cowboys. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1937 and was admitted that year to the bar.[1]

Ikard began his practice of law in Wichita Falls in the firm now known as Gibson Davenport Anderson; one of the founding partners of the firm was Orville Bullington, the 1932 Republican gubernatorial nominee.[2]

Ikard enlisted in the United States Army in January 1944 and served with Company K, One Hundred and Tenth Infantry, Twenty-eighth Division. He was prisoner of war in Germany in 1944 and 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.[1]

Political history[edit]

After the war, Ikard served as judge of Thirtieth Judicial District Court of Wichita Falls. He was appointed chairman of the Veterans Affairs Commission of Texas in 1948. Then Governor Beauford Jester in November 1948 named Ikard as judge of the Thirtieth Judicial District Court. He subsequently was elected in 1950, and served until September 8, 1951. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1956, 1960, and 1968. He was chairman of the Texas State Democratic Convention in 1960.[1]

Ikard was elected to the Eighty-second Congress to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of his fellow Democrat, Ed Gossett. He was reelected to the Eighty-third and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from September 8, 1951, to December 15, 1961, when he resigned to become an oil industry lobbyist.[1]

Later career[edit]

Ikard served as the executive vice president of American Petroleum Institute from 1962 to 1963 and as president from 1963 to 1980.[1]

He was appointed in 1965, and reappointed in 1967, to the University of Texas Board of Regents by Governor John B. Connally, Jr.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Ikard was married to the former Jean Hunter, who died in 1970. They had two children, Frank Ikard, Jr., and William F. Ikard. Later, Ikard married the former Jayne Brumley. Ikard died in 1991 in Washington, D.C., of cardiac arrest.[4]

Ikard was the grandson of rancher William S. Ikard.[5]

Ikard is interred at Arlington National Cemetery.[6]


  • Former Congressman Frank Ikard once wisecracked that Alan Greenspan is "the kind of person who knows how many thousands of flat-headed bolts were used in a Chevrolet and what it would do to the national economy if you took out three of them". NNDB -Alan Greenspan
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ed Gossett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Graham B. Purcell, Jr.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Frank N. Ikard". Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Barbara A. Gibson, "Our History: Gibson Davenport Anderson"". Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Honorable Frank Neville Ikard", Former Regents of the University of Texas System (University of Texas System), retrieved January 24, 2012 
  4. ^ Frank N. Ikard, Ex-Congressman and Oil Lobbyist, Is Dead at 78, The New York Times, retrieved January 24, 2012 
  5. ^ "Fifty Years Ago," Clay County Leader, Henrietta, Texas, Vol. 70, No. 11 (14 June 2001).
  6. ^ "Frank Neville Ikard", Arlington National Cemetery Website (Michael Robert Patterson), retrieved January 28, 2012 

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