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John Thomas Schieffer Edit Profile

also known as 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.


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.


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.