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John Thomas Schieffer (Tom Schieffer)

John Thomas Schieffer, American lawyer, former ambassador. Bar: Texas 1979. Recipient Order of Australia, Government of Australia, 2005, Medal for Distinguished Public Service, United States Department Defense, 2008.


  • Schieffer, John Thomas was born on October 4, 1947 in Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Son of John E. and Gladys (Payne) Schieffer.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Government, University Texas, 1970. Master of Arts in International Relations, University Texas, 1972. Juris Doctor, University Texas.


    • Member Texas House of Representatives, 1973—1979. Private law practice, 1979—1989. Partner-in-charge of ballpark development Texas Rangers Baseball Club, 1990—1991, president, 1991—1999, general partner, 1994—1999.

      President J. Thomas Schieffer Management Company & Pablo Operating Company, 1989—2001. United States ambassador to Australia United States Department State, Canberra, 2001—2005, United States ambassador to Japan Tokyo, 2005—2009. Senior counsel Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, since 2010.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Member advisory board United States Studies Center, University Sydney. Board member Maureen & Mike Mansfield Foundation. Board councilors United States-Japan Council.

    Member advisory board Japan American Society of Dallas/Fort Worth.


    • Married Susanne Silber, September 22, 1979. 1 child Paul Robert.
    John Thomas Schieffer
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    Born October 4, 1947
    (age 70)