William Tong is honored to serve the 147th District, representing parts of Stamford and Darien. Geographically the largest district in Stamford, the 147th includes North Stamford, Scofieldtown and part of Darien. Representative Tong is Co-Chair of the Banks Committee and serves on the Judiciary and Energy & Technology Committees.
A Connecticut native, Representative Tong attended public and private schools in West Hartford. He graduated from Phillips Academy Andover, Brown University and the University of Chicago Law School. Representative Tong is now an attorney with Finn Dixon & Herling LLP, one of Connecticut's leading corporate law firms. Before joining Finn Dixon & Herling, Representative Tong was an attorney with the international law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and a Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He is a member of the state bars of New York and Connecticut, and regularly practices before various state and federal courts. Representative Tong formerly served as a Commissioner on the Personnel Commission of the City of Stamford, and is a member of the Board of Directors for one of Fairfield County's leading social service organizations, Person-to-Person.
During his tenure Representative Tong has focused on bringing jobs to Stamford. He has worked to create new tax incentive and financing programs, such as the film production tax credit, that have helped move new jobs into to the area. Representative Tong has also worked to increase funding for Stamford’s Public Schools and fought for the redevelopment of Wright Tech. He has worked to keep our families safe by leading passage of the Lost and Stolen Firearms Act which has helped to get illegal guns off our streets.
William is the oldest of five children born to first generation immigrants. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Stamford with their three children, Eleanor, a first grader in the Stamford Public Schools, Penelope and son Sasha.
Representative Tong is proud to be the first Asian American to serve in the General Assembly, and the first Asian American to be elected at the state level in Connecticut's history.