Thomas Hefti (FDP.The Liberals) is the president of the Council of States 2021/22.

SRP Thomas Hefti


Date and place of birthOctober 30th 1959
Civil statusMarried
Military rankCaptain (retired)
Political Party
FDP.The Liberals

Education and professional career

  • Employee at a law office in Newark, New Jersey (USA)
  • Lawyer and notary in Glarus since 1994
  • President of the Glarus Bar Association from 2005 to 2010

Political career

​1998Elected to Schwanden Communal Council, vice president until 2006, last president of the political commune of Schwanden from 2006 to 2010
2011-2014First president of the newly formed commune of Glarus Süd

Member of the Cantonal Parliament of Glarus

2014Elected to the Council of States to succeed Pankraz Freitag, who died in office
    Member of the following committees:
    - Legal Affairs Committee
    - Finance Committee and Finance Delegation (vice president)
    - Political Institutions Committee
    - Member of the Office of the Council of States
2021Elected president of the Council of States

Policy priorities

  • Switzerland's security
  • Sound federal finances
  • Institutional matters