Tony Hwang

District towns: Fairfield and Trumbull

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Election history: Hwang unseated freshman Democrat Tom F. Christiano in 2008.

2008 general election

Anthony T. Hwang (R) 6,425 53 percent
Tom F. Christiano (D) 5,757 47 percent

Public financing: Hwang and Christiano each received $25,000 in public financing for their campaigns under the Citizens’ Election Program. Each returned a surplus: Hwang, $1,080.07; Christiano, $287.11

Background: Tony Hwang was one of the few bright spots in 2008 for a House Republican caucus that shrank from 44 to 37 seats in the 151-member House. In a big Democratic year, he seized back a traditionally Republican seat that the GOP lost in 2006.

Hwang moved to the U.S. from Taiwan as a nine-year-old. He is only the second Asian-American member of the General Assembly.

Committees: Appropriations, Education, Transportation

Education: B.A., Cornell University

Occupation: Owner, residential real estate agency

2008 Financial Disclosure: Hwang reported income from his business, Whitfield Homes. He and his wife, Grace T. Hwang, own a home in Fairfield.

He reported owning stock in Garmin, General Electric, IBM, iShare and Proctor & Gamble.

Hwang filed a confidential addendum listing any debts exceeding $10,000. He declined to release the addendum, as is his choice under the 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. They also are required to file an addendum in which they report any debt of more than $10,000; this may by law be kept confidential.