David Skaggs

David Skaggs holds positions as co-chair of the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics, a member of the U.S. Public Interest Declassification Board and adjunct professor of law at the University of Colorado and a senior strategic advisor & independent consultant with McKenna, Long & Aldridge, LLP. He served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education from January 2007 to September 2009. Prior to these positions, Skaggs was executive director of the Center for Democracy & Citizenship at the Council for Excellence in Government and counsel to the Washington-based law firm, Hogan & Hartson. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado (1999-2002). These positions followed 12 years in Congress (1987-99) as the U.S. Representative from the 2nd Congressional District of Colorado and three terms in the Colorado House (1981-87), the last two terms as minority leader. Skaggs served on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee, he was a member of the (then) Public Works & Transportation Committee and the Science, Space & Technology Committee. During his time on the Hill, Mr. Skaggs was a leader in efforts to improve the House of Representatives. He was a founding co-chairman of the House Bipartisan Retreat, the first such meeting in history, held in March 1997. He was also co-founder of the Constitutional Forum, a series of seminars with distinguished guest lecturers who led member discussions of constitutional issues. During the 104th Congress, Mr. Skaggs was chairman of the Democratic Study Group, the principal policy and reform organization of House Democrats. After earning a B.A. in philosophy from Wesleyan University, Skaggs received an LL.B. from Yale Law School. He served on active duty in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1971, with assignments on Okinawa, Vietnam, and at Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, and with a Marine Reserve unit in Colorado, attaining the rank of Major.