Thomas A. Loftus
Ambassador Loftus is an international consultant specializing in Norway. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin, appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin in July 2005.
He served as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway from November 1993 to December 1997. He was awarded the Grand Cross by His Majesty King Harald, the highest order of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.
In 1998, Ambassador Loftus was invited by former Norwegian P.M. Gro Harlem Brundtland to join her transition team as she prepared to take over as Director General of the World Health Organization. He was named by Director General Brundtland to be her Special Advisor based in Washington, DC and served there until July of 2005.
Ambassador Loftus served in the Wisconsin Legislature from 1977-1991 and was the Speaker of the House from 1983 to 1991. He was the longest serving Speaker in the history of the state. In 1990, he was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Wisconsin.
Ambassador Loftus also has been a consultant to foundations that assist Parliaments in developing democracies, and completed projects with the new Hungarian Parliament (1990), the Parliament of Thailand (1991-1992), the National and Provincial Parliaments of Pakistan (1993), the Parliament of Latvia (1995), the Parliament of Turkey (1998 and 2006), and the Parliament of Macedonia (1999). In 1993, he spent a month observing in the Swedish Parliament as a grant recipient of the Swedish American Bicentennial Commission.
Ambassador Loftus is the author of the book, The Art of Legislative Politics, published by Congressional Quarterly Press.
He was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Visiting Professor at Rutgers University, and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Wisconsin System, and Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He was the Distinguished Visitor in International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the 1999/2000 academic year.
Ambassador Loftus received the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Schiller International University in London in December 1997. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ambassador Loftus was a military policeman in the United States Army (1965-1967).