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October 2, 2003

Press Contact:
Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330
Event contact: Taryn Deaton, Texas Exes, 512-471-3805

Loeffler, '71, to Receive UT Distinguished Alumnus Award

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Exes will honor Thomas G. Loeffler of San Antonio, a 1971 graduate of UT Law, as one of six University of Texas at Austin alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and through service to the university with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at a ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the LBJ Auditorium.

After graduating from law school, Loeffler began his distinguished record of public service by serving as chief legislative counsel for the late Texas Sen. John Tower. Then at age 28, Loeffler was appointed special assistant for legislative affairs by then-President Gerald Ford. Loeffler also decided to run for office and in 1978 was elected for the first of four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 21st Congressional District of Texas, soon becoming chief deputy whip. In 1987, President Ronald Reagan called upon Loeffler to serve as the principal coordinator for Central America in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.

He is also the founder and senior government affairs partner of Loeffler, Jonas & Tuggey, LLP in San Antonio. Loeffler's record of public service is complemented by his service to The University of Texas at Austin. In his 12 years on The University of Texas System's Board of Regents, Loeffler served in many capacities, including vice chairman and chairman of the board. He currently serves as a trustee for the university's Law School Foundation and chairman of the Foundation's Development Committee. He was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the School of Law in 2002. He is a Life Member of the Texas Exes.

Other 2003 Distinguished Alumnus Award recipients include: