Early Life & Education
Lily Tang Williams was born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, right before the Cultural Revolution. She spent her adolescence in China and, to this day, considers her high school math teacher to be her personal hero.
In 1988, with an urge to leave China for personal freedom, she moved to the United States with $100 in her pocket. She attended graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, earning her Master of Social Work degree.
Her professional experience includes practicing law in China and working as a law professor at Fudan University for several years.
After becoming a U.S. citizen, Williams got involved in politics. She ran as and sought election to the U.S. Senate from Colorado. She ran as a Libertarian candidate in 2014 and 2016 for District 44 of the Colorado House of Representatives.
Her campaigns were run on:
- Limiting the federal government's role to solely protect liberty rights, property rights, and national security.
- Liberating individuals' right to liberty, doing whatever they please as long as it does not infringe upon the equal rights of others.
- Limiting government spending, reducing the budget, and cutting taxes.
- Enhancing economic freedom and free enterprise, centralizing the federal government's role to protecting property rights, and
- Supporting the Second Amendment, upholding the citizen's right to keep and bear arms.
In 2014, she received 6.4% percent of the popular vote, and in 2016 she received 3.5%; she finished in third place both times.
Williams' favorite movies are Gone With the Wind and Braveheart and her favorite TV shows include Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Breaking Bad. She also enjoys listening to Classical music.