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lawyer , secretary , Transportation executive

Samuel Knox Skinner, lawyer, retired transportation executive, former United States Secretary of Transportation. Bar: Illinois; certified jet pilot. Named Outstanding Salesmen of Year, Nationwide, International Business Machines Corporation, 1967; recipient Distinguished Eagle Scout award, Boy Scouts America, Silver Buffalo award.


Skinner, Samuel Knox was born on June 10, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Vernon Orlo and Imelda Jane (Curran) Skinner.


Bachelor of Science in Accounting, University Illinois, 1960. Juris Doctor, DePaul University, 1966. Numerous honorary degrees.


Various sales and management positions International Business Machines Corporation Corporation, 1960-1968. Assistant United States attorney (northern district) Illinois United States Department Justice, 1968-1975. United States attorney United States Department of Justice, 1975—1977.

Senior litigation & regulatory partner Sidley & Austin, Chicago, 1977-1989. Chairman Regional Transportation Authority, 1985-1989. Secretary United States Department Transportation, 1989—1991.

Chief of staff to President The White House, Washington, 1991-1992. President Commonwealth Edison Company, 1993—1998, Unicom Corporation, 1993—1998. Co-chairman Hopkins & Sutter, 1998—2000.

President, Chief Executive Officer United States Freightways Corporation, Chicago, 2000. Chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer USF Corporation (formerly United States Freightways Corporation), 2001—2003. Of counsel Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Chicago, since 2004.

Former adjunct professor John Marshall Law School, University Chicago Harris School Public Policy. Adjunct professor management and strategy Kellogg School Management, Northwestern University. Board directors Chicago Board Options Exchange, Navigant Consulting, Inc., Diamond Management & Technology Consultants, Inc., Express Scripts, Inc., since 2004.

Member Department Defense Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission, since 2005. Chairman board directors Echo Global Logistics, Inc. Vice chairman board directors Virgin America, APAC customer services.


  • Bar: Illinois; certified jet pilot.


Active Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Illinois Economic Development Board, George Bush Presidential Library. Foundation Lieutenant United States Army, 1960-1961. Member of American Bar Association, Commercial Club, Economic Club.


Married Mary Jacobs, 1989. Children: Thomas, Steven, Jane.

Vernon Orlo Skinner

Imelda Jane (Curran) Skinner

Mary Jacobs

Thomas Skinner

Steven Skinner

Jane Skinner