The Greek-American community will have a strong representation in the House following Tuesday’s midterm elections.
A Greek presence on the political map of the United States seems all but certain in the coming years, as six prominent politicians were elected.
Republican Representative Gus Bilirakis, the cochair of the Hellenic Caucus who represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, won a seventh term with in the House after defeating Democrat Chris Hunter, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor.
Also in Florida, Democratic U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist representing the state’s 13th congressional district, which includes the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater, was re-elected.
Crist, whose family name is derived from “Christodoulou” and whose father is partly of Greek Cypriot descent, was born in Pennsylvania but raised in Florida.
Meanwhile, Greek-American Democrat John Sarbanes retained his seat in Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District, scoring a comfortable victory over his Republican rival Charles Anthony.
In Nevada’s 1st Congressional District, Dina Titus won reelection to a fourth term, cruising to victory over her Republican opponent Joyce Bentley.
Democrat Chris Pappas beat Republican Eddie Edwards in the race for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. The state has now elected its first openly gay congressman.