William Tong

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William Tong
William Tong Stamford Connecticut (cropped).jpg
25th Attorney General of Connecticut
Assumed office
January 9, 2019
GovernorNed Lamont
Preceded byGeorge Jepsen
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 147th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 9, 2019
Preceded byDonald Sherer
Succeeded byMatt Blumenthal
Personal details
Born (1973-05-02) May 2, 1973 (age 46)
Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Hotchkiss
EducationBrown University (BA)
University of Chicago (JD)

William Morten Tong (born c. 1973[1]) is an American lawyer serving as the 25th Attorney General of Connecticut. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives from 2007 to 2019. He represented the 147th district, which includes parts of Stamford and New Canaan. Geographically the 147th is the largest district in Stamford, and includes Westover, North Stamford, Scofieldtown, as well as the western side of Darien.

Tong is the first Asian American to have served in the Connecticut General Assembly, and the first Asian American to be elected at the state level in Connecticut's history. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Energy and Technology committee[2] and served on the General Law and Judiciary committees.

Tong was the first Connecticut legislator to endorse then-Senator Barack Obama for President.[3]

Family history[edit]

William's father, Ady, came to Hartford, Connecticut to look for work as a cook in a Chinese restaurant. He met William's mother Nancy, and had five children, William and his four sisters. William attended public and private schools in West Hartford. He graduated from Phillips Academy Andover, received his undergraduate degree in classics with honors from Brown University in 1995, and earned his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 2000.[4][5]

Public service[edit]

State Representative[edit]

Tong wrote legislation to overhaul Connecticut's Criminal Justice Information System.[6] During the 2009 legislative session Tong authored legislation that would classify biosolids as a class I renewable fuel source,[7] continued his push for transparency in the gasoline pricing,[8] and led an effort to pass lyme disease legislation that would extend additional protections to doctors who treat patients with the disease.[9]

Consideration for U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut[edit]

On March 7, 2009, it was reported that Tong was being considered by a panel assembled by Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman to screen candidates for United States Attorney.[10] On November 14, 2009, the Hartford Courant reported that the panel assembled by Dodd and Lieberman had forwarded four names to the White House and President Barack Obama for consideration; Tong was included in that list.[11]

2012 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

On March 15, 2011 it was reported that Tong was considering a candidacy for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.[12] Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) had announced he would retire, leaving the seat open. Tong would face former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and Rep. Chris Murphy in a potential Democratic primary.

The first week of May, 2011, Tong announced that he would seek the nomination, conceding that it would be "a heavy lift" to defeat Bysiewicz and Murphy.[1] The Tong campaign raised over $500,000 in the quarter ending June 30, 2011.[13] The final Federal Election Commission contribution tally was $1,063,993 for Team Tong.[14]

2018 State Attorney General campaign[edit]

In early 2018, Tong formed an exploratory committee to express possible interest in seeking the Democratic nomination for Connecticut Attorney General in the November 2018 election after incumbent George Jepsen declined to seek re-election. By April, Tong had begun full-blown campaigning.[15] He defeated Republican Sue Hatfield in the general election on November 6, 2018.[16] He was sworn in as the new Connecticut AG in January 2019.[17] He was the first Chinese-American attorney general in United States history.[18]

In March 2019, he oversaw Connecticut joining seven East Coast states in filing a court motion to stop the use of seismic testing for oil and gas exploration on the ocean floor.[19] In March 2019, his office oversaw a settlement, with Med Tech paying $467,000 to resolve False Claims Act allegations.[20]

Personal life[edit]

William is married to his law school classmate, Elizabeth Hotchkiss Tong, who is a corporate tax lawyer. Elizabeth and William are parents of two daughters, Eleanor Ming Lan Tong and Penelope Ming Li Tong,and one son, Alexander Ming Xiang Tong,[21] whom they call Sasha.



  1. ^ a b Kim, Elizabeth. "With potential to make history, Tong enters race for U.S. Senate". Stamford Advocate. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "State Representative William Tong, Connecticut House Democrats". Archived from the original on July 2, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2009.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 18, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Kei-Rahn, Jordan (November 25, 2018). "Tong '95 elected Connecticut's first Asian-American attorney general". Brown Daily Herald. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "William Tong, '00, Appointed Cochairman of Connecticut General Assembly's Judiciary Committee | University of Chicago Law School". www.law.uchicago.edu. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "News of William Tong, 26 November 2007". Stamford Advocate. Retrieved December 6, 2009.[dead link]
  7. ^ [1] Archived July 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ [2] Archived July 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Bill Status". Cga.ct.gov. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  10. ^ "Committee formed to select U.S. attorney for Connecticut – Norwalk, Stamford, Westport, Weston and Wilton Connecticut News, Sports, Business, Obituaries and Advertising – The Hour – Norwalk's Newspaper". The Hour. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  11. ^ "Finalists." (Publisher) (November 14, 2009) Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  12. ^ "A new face in the Senate race... – Norwich, CT – The Bulletin". Norwichbulletin.com. March 15, 2011. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.politico.com/blogs/davidcatanese/0711/Tongs_half_a_million_dollar_statement_in_Conn.html?showall
  14. ^ http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandidateCommitteeDetail.do
  15. ^ Dixon, Ken (April 8, 2018). "Sixth term Rep. Tong running for AG post". CT Post.
  16. ^ "Democrats win attorney general and underticket". Connecticut Post. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "New AG Tong Names Senior Legal Staff." (Connecticut Law Tribune) (January 4, 2019) Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  18. ^ "William Tong ’91: First Chinese-American Attorney General In US History." (The Phillipian) Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  19. ^ "Connecticut joins suit against testing for offshore drilling." (Connecticut Post) (March 6, 2019) Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  20. ^ "Med Tech Pays $467,000 to Settle False Claims Act Allegations." (Connecticut Law Tribune) (March 7, 2019) Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  21. ^ "Births – Stamford News – The Stamford Times – Stamford's Newspaper". The Stamford Times. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012. Retrieved March 12, 2012.

External links[edit]

Connecticut House of Representatives
Preceded by
Donald B. Sherer
Member of the Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 147th district

Succeeded by
Matt Blumenthal
Legal offices
Preceded by
George Jepsen
Attorney General of Connecticut