David Skaggs holds positions as Chairman of the Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics, a member of the U. S. Public Interest Declassification Board and a Senior Strategic Advisor & Independent Consultant with Dentons US LLP. He served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education from January, 2007, to September 2009.
Prior to these positions, Mr. Skaggs was executive director of the Center for Democracy & Citizenship at the Council for Excellence in Government and Of 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 twelve years 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.
The Center for Democracy & Citizenship worked to strengthen American representative democracy through several projects and activities, including the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools (www.civicmissionofschools.org), the Congress to Campus Program, the Campaign for Young Voters, redistricting reform and lobbying reform.
Mr. 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 the founding co-chairman with Congressman Ray LaHood (R-Illinois) of the House Bipartisan Retreat, the first such meeting in history, held in March, 1997, at Hershey, Pennsylvania. He was also co-founder with Representative Jim Leach (R-Iowa) 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 in 1964, Mr. Skaggs received an LL.B. at the Yale Law School in 1967. He served on active duty in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1971, with assignments on Okinawa, in Vietnam, and at Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, and with a Marine Reserve unit in Colorado, attaining the rank of Major.