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Frank N. Ikard (January 30, 1913 – May 1, 1991) was a United States Representative from Texasmarker. He was born in Henriettamarker, Clay Countymarker, Texasmarker and attended the public school and the Schriener Institute, in Kerrvillemarker. He earned an A.B. at the University of Texasmarker where he was a member of the Texas Cowboys, in 1936 as well as a law degree there in 1937. He was admitted to the bar in 1937 and commenced the practice of law in Wichita Falls, Texasmarker.

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 Germanymarker in 1944 and 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal.

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. He was appointed by Gov. Beauford Jester in November 1948 to be judge of the Thirtieth 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.

Ikard was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of 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. He later served as the executive vice president of American Petroleum Institute from 1962-1963 as president from 1963-1980. He resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C.marker; was a resident of Washington until his death there.


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