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Spotlight: Connecticut AG Willian Tong

Professional Background:
Tong is the 25th and current Attorney General of Connecticut, and its first elected Asian Pacific-American constitutional officer. He took office on January 9, 2019.

In recent weeks, Tong has taken on energy: oil/gas mogul, ExxonMobil, as well as regional cable/internet providers. In a suit filed against ExxonMobil, Tong states that the corporation has been misleading Connecticut consumers on the negative effects of its business practices on the climate. Among other things, the lawsuit seeks relief in the form of remediation for past, present and future harm from climate change, restitution for investments already made due to climate change, and an immediate end to the false and misleading information that ExxonMobil has been disseminating for years.

In an example of action in defense of consumer protection, in September 2020 Tong executed a letter to seven regional cable/internet providers demanding them to provide a credit or refund plan to reimburse Connecticut customers who lost coverage for intervals longer than 24 hours during Tropical Storm Isaias.

For 12 years (2007 to 2019) Tong served in Connecticut’s General Assembly representing the 147th District. From 2015 to 2019 Tong was House Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and he was responsible for all legislation related to constitutional law, criminal law, civil rights, consumer protection, probate, judicial nominations and the Judicial branch, and major areas of substantive law.

During his Connecticut General Assembly tenure, Tong helped lead passage of landmark legislation,  such as:

  • Connecticut Second Chance Act,
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order Act,
  • Lost and Stolen Firearms Act,
  • the Act Protecting Homeowner Rights, and
  • the Act Protecting Schoolchildren.

Prior to his election as attorney general, he practiced law for 18 years as a litigator in both state and federal courts in New York City and in Stamford, CT. Tong campaigned unsuccessful for Mayor of Stamford in 2013, and also for the US Senate in 2011.

Education: Tong received his undergraduate degree in classics with honors from Brown University in 1995. He earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 2000.

Personal: Tong grew up the oldest of five in Hartford, CT. His parents were originally from mainland China. Tong and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Stamford, CT with their three children. Elizabeth is VP of Tax for Diageo (North America).