Thomas A. Loftus
Ambassador Loftus is an international consultant specializing in Norway. He is a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin, appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin in July 2005. He served as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway from November 1993 to December 1997. He was awarded the Grand Cross by His Majesty King Harald, the highest order of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit. In 1998, Ambassador Loftus was invited by former Norwegian P.M. Gro Harlem Brundtland to join her transition team as she prepared to take over as Director General of the World Health Organization. He was named by Director General Brundtland to be her Special Advisor based in Washington, DC and served there until July of 2005. Ambassador Loftus served in the Wisconsin Legislature from 1977-1991 and was the Speaker of the House from 1983 to 1991. He was the longest serving Speaker in the history of the state. In 1990, he was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Wisconsin. Full bio.