Tony Hwang

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Tony Hwang
Member of the
Connecticut House of Representatives
from the 134th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Representative Tom Christiano[1]
Personal details
Born (1964-09-17) September 17, 1964 (age 49)
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Political party Republican
Residence Fairfield, Connecticut

Tony Hwang (born 1964) is a State Representative for the 134th district (which comprises sections of Fairfield and Trumbull) in the Connecticut General Assembly. Hwang was first elected in November 2008, as one of the Republican challengers within the United States to beat a sitting Democratic incumbent and in 2010, Hwang won re-election. Hwang currently serves as the Republican ranking member of the Legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee along with committee membership in Appropriations (budgetary) and Environment Committees. In April 2014, Hwang announced he would run for Connecticut State Senate, and is endorsed by Current State Senator John McKinney.[2]


Hwang was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan after his parents fled the communist government in mainland China as teenagers and re-settled in Taiwan.[3] The family emigrated to Watertown, New York when Hwang was approximately 9 years old. His family’s first residence in this country was in a federally subsidized housing project until his family moved to Syracuse, NY approximately 3 years later. Hwang began his education in the US, not able to speak or read the English language. In fact, Hwang started in remedial English as a 2nd language (ESL) curriculum during his initial years in America. It was through the inspirations and motivation of his parents and the caring and counsel of great teachers that Hwang succeeded academically by graduating from Corcoran High School in the Syracuse Public School system and later from Cornell University with a B.S. Degree in Labor Relations and Organizational Behavior.

Hwang’s first job was working in his family’s restaurant in Syracuse, New York throughout his teenage years. After graduating college, he joined United Technologies’ corporate training program in Hartford, Connecticut. He was employed there for several years in the executive search industry before becoming a realtor with Coldwell Banker.

Throughout the nearly two decades in Connecticut, Hwang has lived in the 134th itstrict and has been a dedicated community public advocate. He is a longtime member of the Rotary (Westport Sunrise Rotary Club), volunteers at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club (after school youth programs), Operation Hope (homeless shelter), the Center for Women and Families (domestic violence) and previously served as an assistant tennis coach at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Connecticut.

Hwang and his wife Grace are the parents of a high school age daughter and middle school age son and actively participate and support PTA functions and activities.


State Rep. Tony Hwang received the 2014 “Champion of Youth” award given annually by the Connecticut Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs at its annual legislative breakfast at the State Capitol on February 27, 2014.[4]

The Bridgeport Regional Business Council recognized State Representative Tony Hwang with the AT&T Regional IMPACT Legislator Award on June 3, 2014.[5]

Legislative Highlights[edit]

As of 28 June 2014, Hwang has introduced thirty-three bills [6] in the Connecticut General Assembly. Of the thirty-three bills introduced, one successfully completed the legislative process: HJ00023, "Resolution Expressing Sympathy On The Death of Carl Joseph Dickman."[7] This bill was co-introduced by nine legislators.

2015 Budget Position[edit]

State Rep. Tony Hwang, R-134th District, voted along party lines against the Connecticut state budget that was ultimately passed.[8] Representative Hwang was a strong supporter of a different package referred to as the Honest and Responsible Alternative budget introduced by Representatives Cafero, Klarides, Candelora, Williams and Miner.[9][10][11] Both budgets were balanced budgets due to the requirements of the state constitution. The Rep. Hwang-supported alternative focused on more extreme cuts in social services, which has been in conflict with Hwang's public positions of support for these areas:

  • Rep. Hwang had issued press releases on community support subjects: to "shine a light" on autism,[12] supporting Operation Hope [13] and supporting women and family events.[14] In 2014, by voting for the Honest and Responsible Alternative budget and against the state's approved budget, Rep. Hwang voted to cut housing and homeless Services by $600,000, reducing temporary assistance for needy families by $4.6M, reducing aid to the disabled by $4.5M and reducing health care for children by $2.9M.[15]
  • Rep. Hwang had issued press releases on senior and elderly subjects: about increasing awareness about senior fraud,[16] supporting Elder Services [17] and proclaiming the Fairfield Senior Center as a town treasure.[18] In 2014, through the budget votes, Rep. Hwang voted to reduce the renters' rebate for elderly renters by $3M and reducing old age assistance by $1.1M.[19]
  • Rep. Hwang had issued press releases on education subjects: supporting Connecticut bio-science investments in combination with University of Connecticut's STEM,[20] a program supporting Diversity Day at Osborne Hill School,[21] and hosting a Trumbull elementary school at the state capitol.[22] In 2014, Rep. Hwang voted to reduce the Connecticut Department of Education budget by $6M, a reduction in a block grant to Connecticut State University for $3M and a reduction in Nexus special education funding by $1.2M.

Environmental Record[edit]

State Rep. Tony Hwang, R-134th District, was a member of the Legislative Environment Committee in 2011[23] and 2012.[24] The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters scored Hwang 57% in 2011[25] and 63% in 2012[26] for voting in favor of top environmental legislation in Connecticut. He ranked 110th out of 151 Connecticut State Representatives with a Lifetime Score of 78% as of the latest 2013 scorecard.[27] Environmental legislation that Hwang has supported has included improved labeling for Genetically Modified Organisms foods and Mattress Recycling.[28] Environmental legislation that Hwang has voted against included Reducing Phosphorus in State Waters [29] and a bill focused on Chemicals of High Concern to Children.[30]

Anti-Domestic Violence Coalition Honors Hwang[edit]

State Rep. Tony Hwang, R-134th District, joined numerous other male leaders from across the state as they were recognized in a new class of "First 100 Plus" Men for their leadership in fighting domestic violence by the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.[31]

The state-wide event, held at the Crowne Plaza in Cromwell, gave the organization an opportunity to reflect on the positive legislative changes that have taken place in preventing domestic violence and honor those who have made significant contributions to that effort, while recognizing the tremendous work ahead in ending domestic abuse.[32]

Taking Lessons From Storm Cleanup Back To Hartford[edit]

State Rep. Tony Hwang was re-elected to a third term in the Connecticut General Assembly. He represents the 134th District, which covers parts of Trumbull and Fairfield.[33]

Tony is especially emboldened[citation needed] by the recent Fairfield Beach area cleanup effort, started by three young friends, Katie Boland, Lindsey Morton and Kelly Niznansky. Their idea of making a difference led and inspired over 1,000 volunteers and local businesses to come together to help their neighbors. There were no political party labels, partisan agendas or bureaucratic infighting—everyone heeded the call to make a positive difference.

Neighbors – Fairfield Beach Area Clean Up After Hurricane Sandy[34][35]


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  2. ^ "Hwang to run for state Senate, endorsed by McKinney - Minuteman News Center". 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  3. ^ "Veterans salute Independence Day values in Fairfield - Connecticut Post". 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  4. ^ "Hwang named 2014 ‘Champion of Youth’ - Fairfield Sun". 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
  5. ^ "Hwang gets BRBC award - Trumbull Times". 2014-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-24. 
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  32. ^ "anti-domestic-violence-coalition-honors-hwang". trumbulltimes/new/localnews/. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
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  34. ^ Neighbors - Fairfield Beach Area Clean Up After Hurricane Sandy on YouTube
  35. ^ "Taking-lessons-from-storm-cleanup-back-to-Hartford". ctpost/new/localnews/. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 

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