Tong, William

District towns: New Canaan, Stamford

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Election history: Tong unseated two-term Republican Donald B. Sherer in 2006, winning by 558 votes in what long had been a GOP district. In 2008, he was unopposed.

2008 general election

William Tong (D) 8,348 100 percent
Brent Yarnell (Write-in) 1 0 percent

Public financing: Tong withdrew a notice of intent to seek public financing after learning he would be unopposed.

Background: Tong became the first Asian-American state legislator in Connecticut with his upset win over Donald Sherer, the Republican who succeeded Michael C. Fedele, the present lieutenant governor, in 2002.

Colleagues think that Tong’s ambitions lie beyond the General Assembly. He was on the short list for U.S. attorney in Connecticut after the election of Barack Obama, his old constitutional law professor at the University of Chicago.

As is the case with some other Democrats who won in Republican districts, Tong occasionally has been a dissenting voice in the House Democratic caucus on tax increases.

Committees: Energy and Technology, General Law, Judiciary

Education: B.A., Brown University; J.D., University of Chicago Law School.

Occupation: Lawyer, Finn Dixon & Herling

2008 Financial Disclosure: Tong and his wife, Elizabeth Tong, both are lawyers at Finn Dixon. They own a home in Stamford and a house in West Hartford.

Tong reported an ownership interest in Sampan Investment Holdings, a limited liability corporation.

He reported owning no securities worth more than $5,000, though he and his wife hold various retirement and college savings accounts.

He declined to make public a filing listing any debts in excess of $10,000, as allowed by law.

A note on financial disclosure: Every spring, officials are required to disclose the ownership of real estate, the source of any income exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year and securities worth more than $5,000.