Many people today talk about “the American Dream” in passing. However, for Tony Pham the Dream is a reality because he’s known what it is like to live without freedom and opportunity.
His family fled Vietnam in 1975 as it fell to communist control. They lived in a refugee camp in Arkansas before relocating and beginning their new lives in Henrico County, Virginia. Tony’s family always concentrated on bettering their situation through education – a lesson Tony took to heart. He completed his undergraduate work at the College of William and Mary in 1995, then went on to graduate from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1999.
After law school, Tony secured a judicial clerkship in Henrico County Circuit Court. Desiring to advocate and fight for victims of crimes, Tony then went on to serve as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Richmond – before being chosen to serve as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. While in this position, Tony focused on issues of public safety, including prosecuting illegal weapons charges and narcotics trafficking.
Tony’s experience and dedication led him to managing the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Manchester (Southside Richmond), supervising other attorneys and support staff. Additionally, he served as the lead attorney on numerous homicide cases in the area. Due to his success in this post, Tony was asked to lead Richmond’s first ever gang unit task force, charged with prosecuting and dismantling area gangs. After his time as a gang prosecutor, Tony transitioned to the City Attorney’s office as their Public Safety Attorney. In 2010, Tony became the only serving counsel to a constitutionally-elected law enforcement officer when he became the General Counsel for the Sheriff of the City of Richmond; he is still serving in this capacity today.
Tony possesses an impeccable work ethic, strength of conviction, and passion for bettering his community. His professional and personal accomplishments have earned him recognition by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly as a “Leader in the Law,” in addition to a spot on Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40.” Recognizing his professionalism and fairness, the Virginia Supreme Court also appointed Tony to serve on the Virginia State Bar’s Disciplinary Board.
More important than his professional accomplishments, however, are Tony’s roles as a husband and father. He has been married to his lovely wife, Tara, for fourteen years, and they have two bright young children. His race has truly been a “Phamily affair,” as his children are often out with Tony – walking neighborhoods and visiting with voters.
Tony’s campaign has focused on the principles of “Leadership, Commitment, and Courage” – the principles he has followed in both his personal and professional interactions. For Tony, it isn’t just about leading – it’s about leading by example. As a long-time member of the Henrico County Republican Committee, Tony has worked tirelessly to help elect Republican candidates throughout Virginia. His example proves that he is the right person to fight for all of Henrico County – including the next generation. Tony regularly works with the Rule of Law Program in Richmond and Henrico, teaching students about law and order in our society. He also volunteers with Coaches in the Classroom , in order to help children build a stronger foundation to make better life choices. As the next Commonwealth’s Attorney, he has a vision for continuing to build networks that focus on holistic community involvement, nurturing mutual trust and respect between officials and their communities, and early intervention.
Henrico has been identified as the county that will dictate whether or not Virginia will “go Red”. We need a new, energetic Republican leader in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office who can help guide Henrico in 2016 and beyond. Please donate $5, $10, $25 or $50 now to help the GOP succeed in Henrico County.
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