Four Greek Americans have been elected in the new U.S. Congress after yesterday’s elections that saw Republicans sweep Democrats.
The results of the elections saw Republican Gus Bilirakis re-elected in Florida in the House of Representatives, Democrat John Sarbanes in Maryland, Democrat Niki Tsongas (wife of late presidential candidate Paul Tsongas) in Massachussetts, and Democrat Dina Titus in Nevada.
Cypriot American Charlie Crist, who was candidate for governor in Florida in the Democrat ticket, was not elected. It should be noted that Crist was governor of Florida until 2010 with the Republican party.
Greek American candidates were also elected in several state and district offices: Republican majority leader Dean Skelos in New York State Senate, Democrat Michael Giannaris in New York State Senate, Democrat Aravella Simotas in New York Assembly Home, Republican Nicole Malliotakis in New York State Assembly Home, and Democrat Leonidas Raptakis in Rhode Island State Senate.
Robert Menendez and his pro-Greek stance
Since the Republican party now has the majority in the U.S. Senate, Democrat Robert Menendez will now be the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. However, with a Democratic President of the United States, he will remain the White House and State Department’s most important voice on U.S. foreign policy in the U.S. Senate.