|Name||David E. Skaggs|
Boulder, Colorado , United States
|| February 22, 1943
|Last Modifed||Mr. Matt|
Oct 23, 2012 09:34am
|Info||Representative from Colorado; born in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, February 22, 1943; graduated from Crawford High School, Crawford, N.J., 1960; B.A., Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., 1964; LL.B., Yale University Law School, New Haven, Conn., 1967; United States Marine Corps, 1968-1971; United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1971-1978; lawyer, private practice; aide to United States Representative Timothy Wirth of Colorado, 1975-1977; member of the Colorado state house of representatives, 1980-1986; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundredth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1987-January 3, 1999); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Sixth Congress in 1998. |
David Skaggs is Executive Director of the Center for Democracy & Citizenship Program at the Council for Excellence in Government, which works to strengthen American democracy through several projects and activities, variously designed: to build trust and other ingredients essential to a healthy democracy; to improve working relationships among and between legislators, journalists and citizens; and, to promote and renew citizenship, especially among younger Americans. Mr. Skaggs is also Of Counsel to the Washington-based law firm of Hogan & Hartson and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado. These positions follow Skaggs' twelve years of service in Congress (1987-99) as U.S. Representative from the 2nd Congressional District of Colorado (the northwestern Denver suburbs) and three terms in the Colorado House (1981-87), the last two terms as Minority Leader.
Mr. Skaggs served eight years on the House Appropriations Committee. During his last six years in Congress, he was a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where he devoted particular attention to classification and information security issues. During his tenure on the Hill, Mr. Skaggs was a leader in efforts to improve the House of Representatives. He was the founding co-chairman with Congressman Ray LaHood (R-lllinois) of the House Bipartisan Retreat, the first such meeting in history, held in March, 1997, at Hershey, Pennsylvania. Prior to serving in elected office, Mr. Skaggs practiced law in Boulder, Colorado, as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps, and briefly in New York City. He was also chief-of-staff to then Congressman Timothy E. Wirth of Colorado from 1974 to 1977. After earning a B.A. in philosophy from Wesleyan University in 1964, Mr. Skaggs studied law at the University of Virginia for one year, completing his LL.B. at the Yale Law School in 1967. He is admitted to the Colorado, New York and District of Columbia bars. He entered active duty in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1968 and served on Okinawa, in Vietnam, and at Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, earning the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal (with Combat "V"), and with a Reserve unit in Colorado, attaining the rank of Major.