Political columnist George Skelton has covered government and politics for The Times since 1974.
Through the years he has been a political writer in Los Angeles, Sacramento bureau chief and White House correspondent. He has written a column on Sacramento politics, "Capitol Journal," since 1993.
Prior to joining The Times, he was the Sacramento bureau manager for United Press International. His other jobs include political writer for The Sacramento Union, state capital writer and sports writer for United Press International, and local government reporter for the Sunnyvale (Calif.) Daily Standard.
He received a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1959 from San Jose State College in San Jose, Calif.
A Santa Barbara native, he is married and has three daughters.