All the Greek American Winners of the 2020 Election
Democratic Rep. Dina Titus was reelected to a fifth term in the 1st Congressional District in Nevada, which includes the Las Vegas Strip.
Titus, the dean of Nevada’s congressional delegation, won a rematch with Republican Joyce Bentley.
Her reelection brings the tally of Greek-American women to Congress to two, following the election of Republican Nicole Malliotakis in the race for New York’s 11th Congressional district, which includes Staten Island and part of South Brooklyn.
Titus has represented her Nevada district since 2013. She was born in 1950 in Thomasville, Georgia. A Democrat, she earned her degrees at William & Mary, the University of Georgia and Florida State University.
She served as U.S. Representative for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional district from 2009 to 2011, when she was defeated by Joe Heck.
She served in the Nevada Senate and was its minority leader from 1993 to 2009. Before her election to Congress, Titus was a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where she taught American and Nevada government for 30 years.
Democratic incumbent Rep. Chris Pappas has won a second term in Congress, besting Republican challenger Matt Mowers for New Hampshire’s 1st District seat by a 6 point margin with close to 90 percent of the vote tallied early Wednesday morning.
Pappas, a Manchester business owner and former state lawmaker and executive councilor, told supporters Tuesday night that he viewed his work in Congress as a form of public service.
“You know, public service has never been a political game to me — it’s always been about making people’s lives better,” Pappas said.
Born in 1980, Pappas has been serving as the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional district since 2019. He previously served on the New Hampshire Executive Council from 2013 to 2019, representing the 4th district.
When elected on November 6, 2018, he became the first openly gay person representing New Hampshire in Congress.
Pappas was born in Manchester, the son of Dawn and Arthur Pappas. His paternal great-grandfather emigrated from Greece.
Pappas graduated from Harvard College, where he wrote for the Harvard Crimson, in 2002. He has also served as a board member of Southern New Hampshire Services and the Manchester Historic Association. First elected to public office in 2002, Pappas served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Veteran Greek-American Democrat Charlie Crist won the race in Florida’s 13th district, covering Pinellas County from Clearwater down through St. Pete, where he grew up.
Christ won by 53% receiving 215,000 votes. His challenger Republican Anna Luna got 190,000 votes with all results declared.
“I’m humbled and very grateful to have won again,” Crist said at a news conference outside his condominium in downtown St. Petersburg. “Public service, I think, is a calling. It’s something I’ve done for a long time. And I’m honored to have the opportunity to do it some more.”
The victory means a third term for Crist, 64, one of Florida’s most recognizable politicians and an advocate in Congress for veterans issues and civility.
He said his priorities in the next Congress will be advocating for veterans, protecting Social Security and Medicare, voting rights, protecting the environment and fighting climate change. He said he hopes to introduce a bill to make Election Day a national holiday.
“Just common sense things, things that are good for the people,” he said.
Crist was elected to the Florida State Senate in 1992, where he championed environmental protection issues and public education. In 2000, after two terms in the Florida Senate, he continued to push for education funding and better teachers’ pay as the state’s Education Commissioner. In 2002, he was elected Florida Attorney General.
When he served as Florida’s 44th Governor, he furthered his commitment to public education, using federal stimulus funding to save thousands of teachers’ jobs. Crist is also a staunch environmental advocate.
Democrat John Sarbanes won Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District.
With 70 percent of the votes counted, the Greek American congressman gets 70,8 percent with almost 170,000 votes. His opponent Republican Charles Antony is way behind with 70,000 votes.
First assuming office on January 4, 2007, Sarbanes serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in addition to the House Subcommittee on Health, the House Subcommittee on Energy and the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
Prior to his election to Congress, Sarbanes worked as an attorney and was chairman of his firm’s health care practice.
Sarbanes, the son of former Maryland senator Paul Sarbanes, was born in 1962 in Baltimore, MD. He earned his A.B. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Greek American Gus Bilirakis Reelected to US House in Florida
Republican US Rep. Gus Bilirakis won Florida’s 12th congressional district and he will continue to represent the area encompassing New Port Richey and areas north of Tampa. Raised in Tarpon Springs, the Florida native is the grandson of Greek immigrants, and has been elected in the House of Representatives for the 8th consecutive time.
With 63 percent of the votes counted, Bilirakis gathered a 62.8 majority against 37.2 percent that went to Democratic candidate Kimberly Walker.
In 2006, following the retirement of his father, Michael Bilirakis, from the U.S. House of Representatives—and a seat that he had held for 24 years—Bilirakis entered the race and was successfully able to continue his family’s legacy. A practicing lawyer, Bilirakis has made a name for himself as being a particularly active member of Congress, serving on the Energy and Commerce Committee and as Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
In addition, Bilirakis is also a member of the Republican Party’s Whip team, the Republican Study Committee, the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus, is a ranking member on the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Management, Investigations, and Oversight. Bilirakis is also Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Task Force for the Republican Policy Committee, serves as a Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Veterans Caucus.
Of importance to the Greek-American community, Bilirakis is also a leading member of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues.
GOP’s Nicole Malliotakis Declares Victory in New York Congressional Race
Republican candidate -and proud Greek American- Nicole Malliotakis claimed victory in the race for New York’s 11th congressional district, which includes Staten Island and part of South Brooklyn.
With 95 percent of the vote counted, Maliotakis is leading 57.8 percent over Democratic candidate Max Rose who is receiving 42.2 of the vote.
“This race was always about you, the hardworking New Yorker who obeys the law, pays their taxes and gets up every morning and goes to work,” noted Maliotakis addressing supporters at an event on Tuesday night.
Malliotakis, who received a B.A. in communications from Seton Hall University and earned an MBA from Wagner College, had spoken to Greek Reporter about the most important issues she wants to tackle with her candidacy: rebuilding the economy, restoring American jobs, public safety and preserving the American dream and stopping socialism.
“My community is looking for someone who’s going to push back against these radical policies that have made us less safe. Shootings, murders, burglaries, car thefts, they have all skyrocketed in the last year. And we are going back to the 1980’s and we need to restore law and order to the streets of this city,” Maliotakis noted.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris has officially returned to his seat in Albany for another term representing Western Queens. The Greek American politician ran unopposed in the general election, getting an automatic win on Tuesday in New York City.
He represents New York’s 12th State Senate district, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and parts of Woodside, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Woodhaven.
A son of immigrant parents, Nicholas and Magdalena, Senator Gianaris was born and raised in Astoria, Queens, where he continues to reside. He graduated from Fordham University and Harvard Law School. As a first-generation American, Senator Gianaris works with community groups to reunite families separated at the border and he wrote legislation barring discrimination based on immigration status.