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David Skaggs is a former six-term Democratic member of the United State House of Representatives from Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District (1987-99).  Prior to his election to Congress, he served three terms in the Colorado House (1981-87), the last two terms as Minority Leader.

Skaggs currently holds positions as Co-Chair of the Board of the U. S. House of Representatives’ Office of Congressional Ethics and a Senior Advisor with Dentons US LLP (formerly McKenna Long & Aldridge). He serves as Vice-Chair of the board of trustees of the National Endowment for Democracy.  He is currently a trustee of the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani and the U. S. Association of Former Members of Congress, and is on the board of directors of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado.  

Skaggs has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado in both the School of Law (teaching Professional Ethics, 2012-16) and the Department of Political Science (1999-2002).    He served in the cabinet of Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Jr. as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

In Congress, David was a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee of Intelligence. He was a leader in efforts to improve the House of Representatives and was the founding co-chairman with Congressman Ray LaHood (R-Illinois) of the House Bipartisan Retreats, designed to improve bipartisan relations among House members.  He has remained dedicated to improving the quality of the nation’s politics and with his wife, Laura, endowed a fund at American University that beginning in 2019 will support the biennial award of the Madison Prizes to a Member of Congress, Representative or Senator, from each major party “who each best exemplifies respect for the institutional values and constitutional prerogatives of the Congress, the need for compromise in a democratic society, and the republican spirit of James Madison.”

After earning a B.A. in philosophy from Wesleyan University in 1964, Skaggs studied law at the University of Virginia for one year, completing his LL.B. at the Yale Law School in 1967.  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, remaining in the Marine Corps Reserves until 1978 and attaining the rank of Major..

Mr. Skaggs is married to Laura Locher Skaggs, and has three children: Matthew Babcock (50), Clare Belcher (42) and Will Driscoll (38).