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also known as Thomas Stephen Foley

ambassador , representative

Tom Foley, former ambassador, former United States Representative from Washington. Bar: Washington. Board overseers Whitman College; board advisors Yale University council; board directors Council on Foreign Relations. Member Phi Delta Phi.


Foley, Tom was born on March 6, 1929 in Spokane, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Ralph E. and Helen Marie (Higgins) Foley.


Bachelor, University Washington, 1951. Bachelor of Laws, University Washington, 1957.


Partner Higgins & Foley, 1957-1958. Deputy prosecuting attorney Spokane County, Spokane, 1958-1960. Assistant attorney general State of Washington, Olympia, 1960-1961.

Special counsel United States Senate Interior & Insular Affairs Committee, Washington, 1961-1964. Member United States Congress from 5th Washington district, 1965—1995, majority whip, 1981-1986, majority leader, 1987-1989, speaker of the House, 1989—1995. Chairman United States House Agricultural Committee, 1975—1981.

Partner Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP, 1995-1997, 2001—2008. United States ambassador to Japan United States Department State, Tokyo, 1997—2001. Instructor law Gonzaga University, 1958-1960.

Member board advisors Center Strategic and International Studies. Member advisory council American Ditchley Foundation, member Defense Policy Board, Homeland Security Advisory Council, since 2006. Chairman, President Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, 1995-1997, N. American Trilateral Commission.


  • Bar: Washington.


Board overseers Whitman College. Board advisors Yale University council. Board directors Council on Foreign Relations.

Member Phi Delta Phi.


Married Heather Strachan, December 1968.

Ralph E. Foley

Helen Marie (Higgins) Foley

Heather Strachan