Doug Skaff Jr. of South Charleston is an independent and creative Leader running as a Democrat for the House of Delegates 57th District.
Doug was elected in 2018 and is currently Serving as the Minority Leader for the House of Delegates. Doug had previously served for 6 years from 2009- 2104. During that time he served as Chairman of the Small Business & Economic Development Committee, Member of the Finance & Roads & Transportation Committee and Chair of the Legislative Oversight Commission on Workforce Investment for Economic Development. Skaff also Co-Chaired a Bi-Partisan Generation Legislature Caucus that he created for all newly elected legislators and current legislators between the age of 25-45 that want to work together regardless of party to move our state forward. When not at the capitol, Doug spends his time playing, coaching, and chasing his three amazing boys around Andrew (6) Elias (5) and Alexander (4).
Skaff earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and master’s degree in industrial labor relations and business management in 2000 and 2002, respectively, from West Virginia University. In May of 2013 Doug was awarded a Honorary Degree in Public Service from West Virginia State University.
Mayor Frank Mullens,
City of South Charleston
“I am supporting Doug Skaff for House of Delegates for many reasons. However maybe the most important reasons are his passion for the state and the fact that he puts aside partisan politics and works for what’s best for the people. Those are the two traits that are very much needed in today’s politics.”
During his time at WVU, he served as student body president – representing the interests of nearly 25,000 students.
While at West Virginia University, Skaff founded the Mountaineer Maniacs, the school’s highly-popular student athletic booster club, co-founded WVUp All Night, a weekend entertainment program for students, and led a Youth Summit with Senator Byrd for High School leaders.
All programs were developed in response to discussions held with students and the local community. Skaff worked with local officials, university staff, alumni, and students to develop a solution to combat student alcohol abuse on campus. Up All Night was designed to go beyond telling students what they shouldn’t do. Instead the program was developed to provide students with an attractive alternative to the plethora of bars and nightclubs in Morgantown.
Former City Councilman
“I’ve known Doug his whole life. He was born to lead. He’s savvy, decisive, practical, and a listener. His vision for West Virginia promises a bright future.”
The Mountaineer Maniacs, on the other hand, was formed in order to channel the energy and enthusiasm of WVU fans. Skaff also intended the program to change the negative images of students at athletic games and promote responsible behavior at all athletic events.
Like many younger West Virginians, Skaff left the Mountain State after he completed college for professional experience. For seven years he held a position with Owens Corning that had taken him across the country working in numerous cities. But when company officials said there was an open district manager position covering southern West Virginia, Skaff welcomed the chance to return home. Skaff was responsible for running the sales, distribution, marketing and management operations for a building material distribution company covering southern WV.
Former State Senator/Delegate – Beckley & Wyoming County
“Delegate Skaff is a strong voice of reason that works everyday to build consensus, find common ground, and produce creative solutions. It was an honor serving with him in the House of Delegates and I know he will continue to put West Virginians
first in the future.”
“Regardless of where my position took me, my roots have always been here,” Skaff said. “My family, friends and sense of community are what made me work hard to get here today.”
Skaff currently serves as President of HD Media where he oversees and manages its holdings including Charleston Gazette Mail, Herald Dispatch, Logan Banner, Coal Valley News, Putnam Herald, The Pulse, The Wayne County News, Tri State Weekly, Williamson Daily News, The Lincoln Journal, The Lincoln News Sentinel, High School Gameday, and all its streaming programs. The mission of his company is to be the most reliable and dependent provider of local news, to the largest audience possible by uncovering the truth, keeping people informed, and engaging the customers with the most fulfilling and rewarding experience. Doug's vision for HD media is be the leading multimedia company providing digital, print, and social products to engage the audience.
Brooke Lord, Former Co-Chair – Generation WV
“Doug Skaff is a bright light in our legislature. His energy, passion, and love for the people and our state is magnetic. His vision and foresight is exactly the type of next Generation of leadership we need to move our region and state forward. His focus on our future leaders of tomorrow is to be commended.”
Skaff also serves as a partner of Skaff Family Limited Commercial property development group with his sister, brother and father.
Skaff served as a member of the WVU Alumni Association’s Board of Governors for 6 years. In 2005, the Association honored Skaff for his commitment and service to his alma mater as an Outstanding Young Alum. Skaff currently participates in the Charleston Area Alliance events, HBA – Home Builders Association, Revenue Chairman & Co- Founder for the WV Kids Cancer Crusaders, Co-Chair of the Guys Night Out Committee for the YWCA Sojourners Women’s Shelter, Clay Center Board Of Directors. Skaff is also a proud member of St. George Orthodox Cathedral.