Robert L. F. Sikes

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Robert L. F. Sikes
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Millard F. Caldwell
Succeeded by Earl Dewitt Hutto
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1941 – October 19, 1944
Preceded by Millard F. Caldwell
Succeeded by Vacant
In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by Vacant
Succeeded by Claude Pepper
Personal details
Born June 3, 1906
Died September 28, 1994(1994-09-28) (aged 88)
Political party Democratic

Robert Lee Fulton Sikes (June 3, 1906 – September 28, 1994) was a U.S. Representative from Florida.

Born in Isabella, near Sylvester, Georgia, Sikes attended the public schools. B.S., University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1927, where he we was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. MS., University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1929. He engaged in the publishing business in Crestview, Florida from 1933 to 1946. He served in the State house of representatives 1936-1940.

Sikes was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-seventh and Seventy-eighth Congresses in a bitter campaign in the spring of 1940,[1][2][3][4] and served from January 3, 1941, until his resignation on October 19, 1944, to become a major in the United States Army during the Second World War.[5] His local representation was crucial to the development of Eglin Field as a test facility of the U.S. Army Air Force, and later, the U.S. Air Force. He served as delegate, Interparliamentary Conference in Warsaw, 1959.

Sikes was elected to the Seventy-ninth and to the sixteen succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1979). He was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress.

In 1975 Common Cause, a public-affairs lobbying group, accused Sikes of using his office for personal gain. He owned stock in a Pensacola Naval Air Station bank that had been established by government officials at his urging, as well as military contractor Fairchild Industries, which benefited greatly from government contracts awarded by Sikes. He failed to disclose his interest in both these companies in the requisite financial reports. Sikes was reprimanded by a 381-3 vote of the House of Representatives for the financial misconduct on July 26, 1976. Sikes, a strong conservative, believed that "flaming liberals" had conspired against him.[6]

He was a resident of Crestview, Florida, until his death on September 28, 1994.

The Bob Sikes Bridge, which connects Gulf Breeze to Santa Rosa Island, is named after him, as well as the Bob Sikes Airport near Crestview/Beaver Creek, FL.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Crestview, Florida, "Monticello Mudslinger Shows Desperation In Losing Campaign", Okaloosa News-Journal, Friday 17 May 1940, Volume 26, Number 20, page 1.
  2. ^ Crestview, Florida, "The Public Wants To Know Where Mr. Mays Stands", Okaloosa News-Journal, Friday 17 May 1940, Volume 26, Number 20, page 1.
  3. ^ Crestview, Florida, "Monticello Mudslinger Smears Countryside Desperat [sic] Propaganda", Okaloosa News-Journal, Friday 24 May 1940, Volume 26, Number 21, page 1.
  4. ^ Crestview, Florida, "Mays Loses Temper And Tries To Stop Bob Sikes' Speech", Okaloosa News-Journal, Friday 24 May 1940, Volume 26, Number 21, page 1.
  5. ^ Florida prosperous in war year
  6. ^ Bob Sikes, 'He-coon' of politics, dead at 88

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