JT is a lifelong Georgian and native Gwinnettian. He's running to be District 97's voice in the Georgia State House - and would be the first Chinese American male ever elected to the Georgia General Assembly. Born to immigrant parents, JT went from Gwinnett County Public Schools to graduating cum laude on scholarship from Princeton University, where he got his start in public service working with the State Department. Since then, he's collaborated with diplomats on policy research, successfully raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour as the first-ever Asian-American on the Gwinnett County Public Library Board, and founded an early childhood literacy nonprofit in Gwinnett County teaching kids of all backgrounds to read.
In addition to his philanthropic educational and healthcare advocacy, JT has held private-sector executive roles in the financial and healthcare industries, partnering with doctors to expand access and non-opiate treatment options for patients suffering from chronic pain or opioid and substance use disorders.
JT's running a positive campaign to defend the promise of the American Dream for every Georgian, grounded in shared values of Opportunity, Community, and Progress. Thanks to deep relationships with local leaders, JT has a proven track record of bringing folks together to get things done. He's running to make sure the next generation of Georgians will have the same opportunities he had growing up - high-quality education, affordable healthcare, an economy that works for every Georgian, and hope for a brighter future.