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Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government

2010-2011 Holland Lecture - Ethics in Congress: The Spirit vs. The Letter

Skaggs with audience members after his lecture          David Skaggs talks with some audience
          members after his lecture.

David Skaggs, Chairman of the Office of Congressional Ethics was the 2010 Holland Program speaker. His major talk at the Douglass Campus Center on November 15th, "Ethics in Congress: The Spirit vs. The Letter," was well received by a crowd of several hundred Rutgers students, faculty and staff, and New Jersey political activists and observers (Skaggs' remarks available here).

The next day, Skaggs spoke to students in two undergraduate political science classes on the Rutgers-Newark campus; "American and The World," taught by Assistant Professor Heidi Swarts, and "American National Government," taught by Assistant Instructor Connie Murray.

By coincidence, Skaggs' visit occurred as his topic was much in the news, with both The New York Times and the Star-Ledger running editorials praising the work of his office and urging the new leadership in the House of Representatives to continue to support it.


Eagleton director Ruth B. Mandel, Holland Program lecturer David Skaggs, and Eagleton associate director, John Weingart.
David Skagss with Eagleton members
David Skaggs (5th from right) meets with Mandel (far left),
Weingart (second right) and members of the Holland family.

Skaggs meets with members of the Holland family

Short Bio of David Skaggs
    David Skaggs is 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 and 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.

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. Prior to these positions, Skaggs was executive director of the Center for Democracy & Citizenship at the Council for Excellence in Government and of counsel to the Washingtonbased law firm Hogan & Hartson. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado (1999-2002).