Doug Skaff Jr. of South Charleston is an independent and creative Leader running as a Democrat for the House of Delegates 35th District.
Doug is was elected in 2018 and currently serving his second stint in the House of Delegates where he is the Minority Chair of Small Business & Economic Development, Member of Finance Committee, & the Industry and Labor Committee. 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. During his time away from the capitol Doug got married to his lovely wife Marisa during the summer of 2015 and has three amazing and awesome young boys Andrew (4), Elias (2.5), Alexander (1) . Doug and Marisa are currently doing their part to help increase WV population one kid at time.
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.
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.
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.
“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 owns and serves as Managing Partner of his business Building & Remodeling Warehouse in South Charleston that he owns with his father and works alongside with his brother in law Mike. A few years ago a national Chain decided it no longer wanted to operate its business in WV, Skaff and his father along with business partners decided to save the business, change the focus, and keep those West Virginian’s working. He currently distributes building material products to contractors, remodelers, and do it yourself homeowners with a focus on selling those products made in WV.
Skaff also serves as Vice-President of Skaff Development company in South Charleston where he works with his father in commercial and residential development across WV.
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 serves or has served on West Virginia University’s Student Affairs Visiting Committee and 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, formerly served on the South Charleston Museum Foundation Board, and Roark Sullivan Men’s Shelter Board of Directors. Skaff is also a proud member of Charleston Moose Lodge and St. George Orthodox Cathedral.