After graduation from the National Law College in Peking in 1918, he went to Japan to study political science for several years.
On his return to China in 1916, Mr. Li articipated in the Anti-Yuan Shih-kai movement, representing the Guizhou military leaders to solicit support of the Sichuan army in organising a revolutionary force to bring about the downfall of Yuan Shihkai. In 1924, he went to Canton to join the Nationalist Revolutionary Movement. During and after the campaign, he held the following posts: chief secretary of the First Army Corps Headquarters and concurrently chief secretary of the Bandit Suppression Commission in the East River district, Guangdong, Shantou customs superintendent and commissioner of foreign affairs, chief secretary to the Generalissimo of the National Revolutionary Army, party representative of the 21st Route Army Corps etc.
Li Chung-kung was a member of the Jiangxi Provisional Political Commission, chief secretary of the Kuomintang Party Headquarters, chief secretary of the plenary session of the Third Central Executive Committee, chief secretary of the military disbandment conference of the National Revolutionary Army. Mr. Li also served as an assistant director of the China National Aviation Corporation and chairman of the Yangtse River conservancy commission.
Later he took the post of a chairman of the reorganization commission of the Hanyang, Daye and Pinxiang Iron Works and Mining Company. Mr. Li was a member of the Guizhou Provincial Government and concurrently director of the department of civil affairs. From 1928-1930 he served as a vice-minister of Communications and concurrently general-manager of the China Merchants Steam Navigation Company in Shanghai. Li Chung-kung was a member of the Legislative Yuan since 1933. From 1935 he was a member and concurrently Commissioner of Finance of the Guizhou Provincial Government, which posts he held for only a few months.
Member of the Kuomintang Party