Term: 2011 — 2014
Tom Loeffler received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1968 and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law in 1971. A resident of Dallas, Loeffler is a partner in the international law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Mr. Loeffler has a distinguished record of public service, including four terms in the United States House of Representatives (1979-1987) representing the 21st Congressional District of Texas. He served as Special Assistant for Legislative Affairs to President Gerald R. Ford and as Legislative Counsel to the late Senator John Tower. Under President Reagan, Mr. Loeffler acted as Principal Coordinator for Central America in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. His other contributions include service as a trusted advisor to both Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He served in various campaign finance capacities for Governor George W. Bush and President George W. Bush. He served as the General Co-Chairman and National Finance Chairman for the John McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign. He also served as National Chairman for Governor Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign and he is a Founding Member of Romney Victory 2012. Mr. Loeffler has advised candidates in local, state and national elections.
Mr. Loeffler is a former member of the University of Texas System's Board of Regents. During his 12-year service as a Regent (1989-2001), Mr. Loeffler served in many capacities, including Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board. Appointed by Governor William P. Clements, he was reappointed to a second term by Governor George W. Bush. Mr. Loeffler serves on the Chancellor's Council of The University of Texas System and on The University of Texas at Austin Development Board. He is a Trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation and was named the University of Texas Law School's Outstanding Alumnus for 2002. Mr. Loeffler has also been honored as a 2003 Outstanding Alumnus for the University of Texas at Austin. He is a lifetime member of the University of Texas Ex-Student’s Association.