Samuel K. Skinner

Samuel Knox Skinner ( born June 10, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American business manager, lawyer and politician of the Republican Party, who was both Minister of Transport of the United States as well as chief of staff of the White House.


After schooling, he studied accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign and earned there in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science (BS Accounting ). After his year-long military service in the U.S. Army, he was from 1960 to 1968 with sales agent at IBM and did next to postgraduate studies in law at DePaul University in Chicago and graduated in 1966 with a Juris Doctor ( JD ) from. After his admission to the bar in Illinois, he worked as a lawyer and a professor at Northwestern University. After working as a Bundesstaatswantl 1975 to 1977 he was until 1989 a senior partner at the law firm Sidley Austin, a law firm with 1,600 lawyers and is based in Chicago.

On February 6, 1989, he was appointed by U.S. President George Bush as Ministers of Transport ( Secretary of Transportation) in his cabinet. In a cabinet reshuffle, he was on December 14, 1991 Chief of Staff of the White House ( White House Chief of Staff ) and has held this position until 23 August 1992.

After leaving the government, he worked in the private sector and was among other CEO of Commonwealth Edison and a board member of Dade Behring, EVEREN capital and capital Odetics ITS. After a period as Chairman and CEO of U.S. Freightways since 2004 he is consultant to the law firm Greenberg Traurig a large law firm with 1500 lawyers and based in Miami and board member of Express Scripts.