Four Greek Americans Elected to U.S. Congress


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.

Robert Menendez has repeatedly shown his pro-Greece attitude in U.S. foreign relations. Lately he had sent a letter to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone and the Turkish provocations in the Aegean Sea.


  1. Robert Menendez:

    As a Greek I supported and voted for him (and I know him well and met him face to face many times)
    but as an Americans (if I was not of Greek origin) I would have not voted for him because he is more pro-Jew-fascist and has a USA bully the world mentality which is not of my likes.

  2. John Sarbanes: I don’t know him but I was a permanent donor and campaign supporter to his father. I just hope he is a true Greek like his father and I don’t see the reason why not?.

  3. Michael Giannaris in New York State Senate. Good luck MIhalh as always. You always have my support (and high respect to your father).

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