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Spiro T. Agnew Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-1996) — also known as Spiro T. Agnew; Spiro Theodore Anagnostopoulos; "Spiro T. Eggplant"; "Nixon's Nixon"; "The White Knight" — of Towson, Baltimore County, Md. Born in Baltimore, Md., November 9, 1918. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; lawyer; Baltimore County Executive, 1962-66; delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1964; Governor of Maryland, 1967-69; Vice President of the United States, 1969-73. Episcopalian. Greek ancestry. Member, Kiwanis; American Legion; Order of Ahepa; Phi Alpha Delta; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Was charged with accepting bribes and falsifying federal income tax returns; pleaded no contest to tax evasion and resigned as Vice-President, October 10, 1973; disbarred by a Maryland court in 1974. Died, of leukemia, in Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin, Worcester County, Md., September 17, 1996 (age 77 years, 313 days). Interment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Timonium, Md.
  Relatives: Son of Theodore Spiro Agnew and Margaret (Akers) Agnew; married, May 27, 1942, to Elinor Isabel 'Judy' Judefind.
  Cross-reference: Patrick J. Buchanan
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books by Spiro T. Agnew: Go Quietly Or Else (1980) — The Canfield Decision (1976) — Frankly Speaking: A Collection of Extraordinary Speeches (1970) — Where He Stands: The Life and Convictions of Spiro Agnew (1968)
  Books about Spiro T. Agnew: Richard M. Cohen & Jules Witcover, A Heartbeat Away : The Investigation and Resignation of Vice President Spiro T. Agnew — Jules Witcover, Very Strange Bedfellows : The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon & Spiro Agnew
  Image source: Time Magazine, August 28, 1972
  Arthur Christ Agnos (b. 1938) — also known as Art Agnos — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., September 1, 1938. Democrat. Member of California state assembly, 1976-87; mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1988-92; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988. Greek Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Shot twice on December 13, 1973, by one of the "Death Angels", perpetrators of racially motivated killings in San Francisco during 1973-74. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of Christ Agnos and Mary A. Agnos; married 1975 to Cheryl Hankins.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Dean Alfange (1899-1989) — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y. Born in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey, December 2, 1899. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1941 (Democratic, 17th District), 1948 (Liberal, 24th District); American Labor candidate for Governor of New York, 1942. Greek ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; American Legion; Order of Ahepa; Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Delta Epsilon; Delta Sigma Rho. One of the founders of the Liberal Party of New York. Died, of cancer, in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., October 24, 1989 (age 89 years, 326 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Thalia Perry.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  George Aristedes Andrews (1892-1970) — also known as George A. Andrews — of Helena (now part of Helena-West Helena), Phillips County, Ark. Born in Alpohorion, Greece, January 1, 1892. Republican. Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 1960, 1964 (alternate); chair of Phillips County Republican Party, 1967. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Died in December, 1970 (age 78 years, 0 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Aristedes Andrews and Paraskeve (Darlas) Andrews; married, July 3, 1922, to Iva Grace Westgate Herrin.
  Philip Nicholas Angelides (b. 1953) — also known as Phil Angelides — of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif. Born in Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif., June 11, 1953. Democrat. Real estate developer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004; California Democratic state chair, 1991-93; California state treasurer, 1999-; defeated, 1994. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  George L. Argyros, Sr. (b. 1937) — of Costa Mesa, Orange County, Calif.; Newport Beach, Orange County, Calif. Born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., 1937. Republican. Real estate investor; U.S. Ambassador to Spain, 2001-04; Andorra, 2001-04; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008, 2012. Greek ancestry. Owner of the Seattle Mariners baseball team, 1981-89. Still living as of 2012.
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary
  George A. Athanson (1927-2000) — of Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. Born August 26, 1927. Democrat. Mayor of Hartford, Conn., 1971-81; defeated in primary, 1981. Greek ancestry. Member, Phi Beta Kappa. Died January 9, 2000 (age 72 years, 136 days). Interment at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford, Conn.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Constantine Avdalas — of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Shelley Berkley (b. 1951) — also known as Rochelle Levine — of Las Vegas, Clark County, Nev. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., January 20, 1951. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Nevada 1st District, 1999-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 2000, 2004, 2008. Female. Jewish. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
Helen Boosalis Helen Boosalis (1919-2009) — also known as Helen Geankoplis — of Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb. Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., August 28, 1919. Democrat. Mayor of Lincoln, Neb., 1975-83; candidate for Governor of Nebraska, 1986. Female. Greek Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, American Association of Retired Persons; League of Women Voters. Died, from a brain tumor, in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb., June 15, 2009 (age 89 years, 291 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married 1945 to Michael Gus Boosalis.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: City of Lincoln
  John Brademas (1927-2016) — of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind. Born in Mishawaka, St. Joseph County, Ind., March 2, 1927. Democrat. Rhodes scholar; legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Patrick McNamara; administrative assistant to U.S. Rep Thomas L. Ashley; executive assistant to presidential candidate Adlai E. Stevenson; college professor; U.S. Representative from Indiana 3rd District, 1959-81; defeated, 1954, 1956; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964, 1968, 1972; president, New York University, 1981-92. Methodist. Greek ancestry. Member, American Legion; Freemasons; Order of Ahepa; Eagles; Moose; Phi Beta Kappa. Died in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., July 11, 2016 (age 89 years, 131 days). Entombed at Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
  Relatives: Son of Stephen J. Brademas and Beatrice Cenci (Goble) Brademas.
  Cross-reference: Tim Roemer
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Sylvia Mathews Burwell (b. 1955) — also known as Sylvia Mary Mathews — of Washington, D.C. Born in Hinton, Summers County, W.Va., June 23, 1955. Democrat. Rhodes scholar; U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 2014-17; president, American Univrsity, 2017-. Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2019.
  Relatives: Daughter of William Peter Mathews and Cleo Mathews (1961?-); married 2007 to Stephen Burwell.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Susan Bysiewicz — of Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn. Born in Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1992-98; secretary of state of Connecticut, 1999-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2004, 2008. Female. Polish and Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Relatives: Married to David Donaldson.
  Sotiris Carapateas (b. 1880) — of St. Louis, Mo. Born in Kalamata, Greece, August 6, 1880. Naturalized U.S. citizen; bookkeeper; insurance agent; U.S. Consular Agent in Kalamata, 1914-32. Greek ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Gery Chico (b. 1956) — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Born August 24, 1956. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1996, 2004; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 2004; candidate for mayor of Chicago, Ill., 2011. Mexican, Greek, and Lithuanian ancestry. Still living as of 2011.
  Relatives: Son of Jesse Chico and Jacqueline Chico; married to Jeryl Minow and Sunny Pineda.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Zenon Christodoulou — of Branchburg, Somerset County, N.J. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2004. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  George Christopher (1907-2000) — also known as George Christopheles — of San Francisco, Calif. Born in Arcadia, Greece, December 8, 1907. Republican. Naturalized U.S. citizen; accountant; delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1956 (alternate; speaker), 1960; Presidential Elector for California, 1956; mayor of San Francisco, Calif., 1956-64; defeated, 1951; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from California, 1958; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of California, 1962; candidate in primary for Governor of California, 1966. Greek ancestry. As mayor, was instrumental in convincing the New York Giants baseball team to move to San Francisco, as well as the construction of Candlestick Park for the team. Died, from a stroke, in San Francisco, Calif., September 14, 2000 (age 92 years, 281 days). Interment at Greek Orthodox Memorial Park, Colma, Calif.
  Relatives: Son of James Christopheles and Mary (Koines) Christopheles; married 1936 to Tule Sarantitis.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Clay Constantinou (b. 1951) — of Colts Neck, Monmouth County, N.J. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., September 4, 1951. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988, 2004; Presidential Elector for New Jersey, 1992; U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg, 1994-99. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Corynne Courpas — of Westminster, Carroll County, Md. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 2004. Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  John Debbas (b. 1863) — Born in Tarsus, Turkey, November 25, 1863. Not U.S. citizen; U.S. Consular Agent in Mersina, 1907-08; U.S. Vice & Deputy Consul in Mersina, 1908-14; U.S. Vice Consul in Mersina, as of 1916-17. Greek ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Louis J. Diamond (1918-1996) — of North Adams, Berkshire County, Mass. Born July 13, 1918. Served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; school teacher; mayor of North Adams, Mass., 1960-61. Greek and Irish ancestry. Died in Sun City, Maricopa County, Ariz., July 13, 1996 (age 78 years, 0 days). Interment at Hill Side Cemetery, North Adams, Mass.
  Alexander Dimitry (1805-1883) — also known as Tobias Guarneriius — of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La. Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., February 7, 1805. Newspaper editor; college professor; linguist; as a young man, took part in several duels; Louisiana superintendent of public instruction, 1848-51; U.S. Minister to Costa Rica, 1859-61; Nicaragua, 1859-61. Greek and Alabama Indian ancestry. Died in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., January 30, 1883 (age 77 years, 357 days). Interment at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans, La.
  Relatives: Son of Andrea Drussakis Dimitry (1775-1852) and Marie Celeste (Dragon) Dimitry (1777-1856); married to Mary Powell Mills (1816-1894; daughter of Robert Mills (1781-1855; architect of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.)); second great-grandfather and great-granduncle of Dracos Alexander Dimitry, Jr. (1922-1973).
  Political family: Chilton family of Missouri.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  Michael Stanley Dukakis (b. 1933) — also known as Michael S. Dukakis — of Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass. Born in Brookline, Norfolk County, Mass., November 3, 1933. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict; member of Massachusetts state house of representatives, 1963-70; candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1970; Governor of Massachusetts, 1975-79, 1983-91; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980; speaker, 1988; candidate for President of the United States, 1988. Eastern Orthodox. Greek and Vlach ancestry. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of Panos S. Dukakis and Euterpe (Boukis) Dukakis; married 1963 to Katherine 'Kitty' Dickson; cousin *** of Olympia Dukakis (1931-); cousin of Apollo Dukakis (actor).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Books about Michael Dukakis: Richard Gaines & Michael Segal, Dukakis: The Man Who Would Be President
  Olympia Dukakis (b. 1931) — of Upper Montclair, Essex County, N.J. Born in Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., June 20, 1931. Democrat. Actress; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1988 (speaker). Female. Greek ancestry. Member, American Civil Liberties Union; National Organization for Women. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Daughter of Constantine S. Dukakis and Alexandra (Christos) Dukakis; sister of Apollo Dukakis (actor); married 1962 to Louis Zorich; cousin *** of Michael Stanley Dukakis (1933-).
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Nick Galifianakis (b. 1928) — of North Carolina. Born in Durham, Durham County, N.C., July 22, 1928. Democrat. Lawyer; member of North Carolina state house of representatives, 1961-66; U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1967-73 (5th District 1967-69, 4th District 1969-73); candidate for U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1972. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Kiwanis; Delta Theta Phi; Jaycees. Still living as of 2002.
  Relatives: Son of Mike Galifianakis and Sophia Kastrinakis Galifianakis; married, April 5, 1963, to Louise Cheatham Ruggles.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Jack John Garris (1919-2005) — also known as Jack J. Garris; Jack John Garatzgeone — of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Mich. Born in New York City (unknown county), N.Y., October 16, 1919. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; lawyer; Washtenaw County Circuit Court Commissioner, 1955; candidate for mayor of Ann Arbor, Mich., 1971. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, American Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; Delta Theta Phi; Jaycees. Died, of a stroke, while suffering from Parkinson's disease, in St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Superior Township, Washtenaw County, Mich., February 21, 2005 (age 85 years, 128 days). Interment at Forest Hill Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of John Garatzogeone and Constance (Maniatakos) Garatzogeone; married 1948 to Helen Cazepis.
  Tony George — of Westlake, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2004. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Demetrios Giannaros — of Farmington, Hartford County, Conn. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2004. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  George P. Harlamon (b. 1919) — of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn. Born in Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn., February 7, 1919. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; mayor of Waterbury, Conn., 1968-69; defeated, 1969. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, Elks; Exchange Club. Elected to Waterbury Hall of Fame, 2003. Presumed deceased. Burial location unknown.
  Arianna Huffington (b. 1950) — also known as Arianna Stasinopoulos — of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, Calif. Born in Athens, Greece, July 15, 1950. Founder and editor of The Huffington Post web site; Independent candidate for Governor of California, 2003. Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Daughter of Konstantinos Stassinopoulos and Elli (Georgiadi) Stassinopoulos; married, April 12, 1986, to Michael Huffington (1947-) (son of Roy Michael Huffington).
  Political family: Huffington family of Santa Barbara, California.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Alexandra Katsas — of Anaheim, Orange County, Calif. Democrat. Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Nicholas Kekas — of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, S.C. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2004. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Athenagoras Kokkinakis (1912-1979) — also known as Theodoros Kokkinakis; "Right Reverend Athenagoras" — Born in Patmos, Greece, 1912. Orthodox priest; bishop of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Boston, 1954-60; later archibishop of Great Britain. Greek Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Died September 9, 1979 (age about 67 years). Burial location unknown.
  Suzanne Kosmas (b. 1944) — of New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Fla. Born in Washington, D.C., February 25, 1944. Democrat. Member of Florida state house of representatives 28th District, 1997-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004. Female. Methodist. Greek ancestry. Member, Habitat for Humanity. Still living as of 2014.
  See also NNDB dossier
  Phil Leventis — of Sumter, Sumter County, S.C. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 2004. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Elaine Makas — of Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 2000, 2004, 2008 (alternate). Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Cleo Mathews — also known as Cleo Maroudas — of Hinton, Summers County, W.Va. Democrat. Mayor of Hinton, W.Va., 2001-09; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 2008. Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2009.
  Relatives: Married to William Peter Mathews; mother of Sylvia Mathews Burwell (1955-).
Nicholas Mavroules Nicholas James Mavroules (1929-2003) — also known as Nicholas Mavroules — of Peabody, Essex County, Mass. Born in Peabody, Essex County, Mass., November 1, 1929. Democrat. Mayor of Peabody, Mass., 1967-78; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1976; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1979-93; defeated, 1992. Greek Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, Kiwanis; Rotary. Pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of tax fraud and accepting gratuities while in office; sentenced to prison. Died in Salem, Essex County, Mass., December 25, 2003 (age 74 years, 54 days). Interment at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody, Mass.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Image source: Public Officers of Massachusetts, 1979-80
  Dennis Mehiel — of Manhattan, New York County, N.Y.; Valhalla, Westchester County, N.Y. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2000, 2004, 2008; member of Democratic National Committee from New York, 2004-08. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Jane Mitakides — Democrat. Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 3rd District, 2004. Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Nicholas Paindiris — also known as Nick Paindiris — of Glastonbury, Hartford County, Conn. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2000, 2004, 2008. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  George Panichas (born c.1922) — of Rhode Island. Born about 1922. Member of Rhode Island state house of representatives, 1970. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, Freemasons. Still living as of 2007.
  Louis J. Papan (1928-2007) — also known as Lou Papan; Elias Papandricoupolos; "The Enforcer"; "Leadfoot Lou" — of Daly City, San Mateo County, Calif.; Millbrae, San Mateo County, Calif. Born in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., August 28, 1928. Democrat. FBI agent; member of California state assembly, 1973-86, 1997-2002; candidate for California state senate, 1986 (Democratic), 2006; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1988. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Died, apparently of a heart attack, in Millbrae, San Mateo County, Calif., April 28, 2007 (age 78 years, 243 days). Interment at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, Calif.
  Relatives: Married to Irene Damis (died 2000); father of Virginia Papan (1960?-).
  Virginia Papan — also known as Gina Papan — of Millbrae, San Mateo County, Calif. Democrat. Lawyer; candidate in primary for California state assembly 19th District, 2002. Female. Greek ancestry. Member, Lions; Sierra Club. Still living as of 2007.
  Relatives: Daughter of Louis J. Papan (1928-2007).
  Maria Pappas — of Chicago, Cook County, Ill. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 2004. Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Angelo C. Petromelis (c.1928-1994) — of College Point, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., about 1928. Democrat. Greek ancestry. Chairman of New York State Crime Victims Board. Died, of kidney failure caused by a blood disorder, in North Shore Hospital, Manhasset, Nassau County, Long Island, N.Y., September 25, 1994 (age about 66 years). Burial location unknown.
  John Ralli — of Odessa, Russia (now Ukraine). Not U.S. citizen; U.S. Consul in Odessa, 1831-61. Greek ancestry. Burial location unknown.
  Paul Spyros Sarbanes (b. 1933) — also known as Paul S. Sarbanes — of Baltimore, Md. Born in Salisbury, Wicomico County, Md., February 3, 1933. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Maryland state house of delegates, 1967-70; U.S. Representative from Maryland, 1971-77 (4th District 1971-73, 3rd District 1973-77); U.S. Senator from Maryland, 1977-; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004. Greek Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, American Bar Association. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Father of John P. Sarbanes (1962-).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Harry Frank Scolinos (b. 1944) — also known as Harry Scolinos — Born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., 1944. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war; lawyer; candidate for U.S. Representative from California 29th District, 2004. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2006.
  Relatives: Son of Peter Scolinos and Mary Scolinos.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Sam Solon (1931-2001) — also known as "Senator Sam" — of Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn. Born in Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn., June 25, 1931. Democrat. School teacher; member of Minnesota state house of representatives, 1971-72; member of Minnesota state senate, 1973-2001; died in office 2001. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Pleaded guilty in 1995 to telecommunications fraud for letting his ex-wife make $2,430 in calls on his State Senate telephone line; reprimanded by the Senate in 1996. Died, of liver cancer, in St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn., December 28, 2001 (age 70 years, 186 days). Burial location unknown.
  The Solon Campus Center (built 1995, named 2001), at the University of Minnesota Duluth, is named for him.
  Zachary T. Space (b. 1961) — also known as Zack Space — of Dover, Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Born in Dover, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, January 27, 1961. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1996, 2008; U.S. Representative from Ohio 18th District, 2007-. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2014.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier
  Harry Vaios Spanos (1926-1995) — also known as Harry V. Spanos — of Newport, Sullivan County, N.H. Born in Newport, Sullivan County, N.H., May 8, 1926. Democrat. Lawyer; member of New Hampshire state senate, 1970; defeated, 1956; delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1960 (alternate), 1964, 1972; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1960; candidate for Governor of New Hampshire, 1976; probate judge in New Hampshire, 1980-95. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, Moose; Lions. Died in Newport, Sullivan County, N.H., March 18, 1995 (age 68 years, 314 days). Interment at Pine Grove Cemetery, Newport, N.H.
  The Harry V. Spanos District Court Building (formerly Grange Hall), in Newport, New Hampshire, is named for him.
  Christopher Stampolis — of San Jose, Santa Clara County, Calif.; Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, Calif. Democrat. Member of Democratic National Committee from California, 2004-08; delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004, 2008. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Christopher Thomas Sununu (b. 1974) — also known as Chris Sununu — Born in Salem, Rockingham County, N.H., November 5, 1974. Member of New Hampshire Governor's Council, 2011-16; Governor of New Hampshire, 2017-. Lebanese, Greek, and Irish ancestry. Still living as of 2020.
  Relatives: Son of John Henry Sununu and Nancy (Hayes) Sununu; brother of John E. Sununu (1964-).
  Political family: Sununu family of Salem, New Hampshire.
  See also Wikipedia article
  John E. Sununu (b. 1964) — of Rye, Rockingham County, N.H. Born in Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., September 10, 1964. Republican. U.S. Representative from New Hampshire 1st District, 1997-2003; U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, 2003-; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 2016. Catholic. Lebanese, Greek, and Irish ancestry. Still living as of 2016.
  Relatives: Son of Nancy (Hayes) Sununu and John Henry Sununu; brother of Christopher Thomas Sununu (1974-).
  Political family: Sununu family of Salem, New Hampshire.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — votes in Congress from the Washington Post — NNDB dossier
  John Henry Sununu (b. 1939) — also known as John H. Sununu; "King John" — of Salem, Rockingham County, N.H. Born in Havana (La Habana), Cuba, July 2, 1939. Republican. Engineer; university professor; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1973-74; candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from New Hampshire, 1980; Governor of New Hampshire, 1983-89; delegate to Republican National Convention from New Hampshire, 1988; White House chief of staff for President George H. W. Bush. Catholic. Lebanese and Greek ancestry. Member, Phi Sigma Kappa. Still living as of 2014.
  Relatives: Son of John Sununu and Victoria (Dada) Sununu; married 1958 to Nancy Hayes; father of John E. Sununu (1964-) and Christopher Thomas Sununu.
  Political family: Sununu family of Salem, New Hampshire.
  See also NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Alice Costandina Titus (b. 1950) — also known as Dina Titus — of Las Vegas, Clark County, Nev. Born in Thomasville, Thomas County, Ga., May 23, 1950. Democrat. University professor; member of Nevada state senate 7th District, 1989-2008; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nevada, 1996 (delegation chair), 2004, 2008; member of Democratic National Committee from Nevada, 2004-08; candidate for Governor of Nevada, 2006; U.S. Representative from Nevada, 2009-11, 2013- (3rd District 2009-11, 1st District 2013-18); defeated, 2010. Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Married to Thomas C. Wright.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article
  Barbara Tsairis — of Portsmouth, Rockingham County, N.H. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 2004. Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
  Eleni F. Tsakopoulos-Kounalakis — of Sacramento, Sacramento County, Calif.; Rancho Cordova, Sacramento County, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008. Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Callie Tsapis (1923-2003) — of Chester, Hancock County, W.Va.; Weirton, Hancock County, W.Va. Born in Weirton, Hancock County, W.Va., April 26, 1923. Democrat. Lawyer; member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1957-61; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Hancock County, 1959-64, 1967-68; elected circuit judge in West Virginia for the 1st Judicial Circuit 1972. Female. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Member, Grange; American Bar Association. Died June 12, 2003 (age 80 years, 47 days). Burial location unknown.
  Paul Efthemios Tsongas (1941-1997) — also known as Paul E. Tsongas — of Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass. Born in Lowell, Middlesex County, Mass., February 14, 1941. Democrat. Served in the Peace Corps; lawyer; U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 5th District, 1975-79; U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1979-85; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1992. Greek ancestry. Died of liver damage caused by cancer treatment, and pneumonia, at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Suffolk County, Mass., January 18, 1997 (age 55 years, 339 days). Interment at Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, Mass.
  Relatives: Married to Nicola S. Tsongas; twin brother of Thaleia Tsongas Schlesinger (1941-).
  Political family: Tsongas family of Lowell, Massachusetts.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Nick Vanoff (1929-1991) — of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, Calif. Born in Banitza, Greece, October 25, 1929. Democrat. Dancer; television producer; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1968. Greek ancestry. Died, in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Calif., March 20, 1991 (age 61 years, 146 days). Burial location unknown.
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile
  George John Vavoulis (1911-1992) — also known as George J. Vavoulis — of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn. Born February 6, 1911. Republican. Florist; mayor of St. Paul, Minn., 1960-66. Eastern Orthodox. Greek ancestry. Died in Ramsey County, Minn., July 4, 1992 (age 81 years, 149 days). Interment at Roselawn Cemetery, Roseville, Minn.
  Relatives: Married to Beverly Mortitz (1918-2010).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Margaret D. Xifaras — of Marion, Plymouth County, Mass.; New Bedford, Bristol County, Mass. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; member of Democratic National Committee from Massachusetts, 2004-08. Female. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2008.
  Peter K. Zachos — of San Mateo, San Mateo County, Calif. Democrat. Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000, 2004. Greek ancestry. Still living as of 2004.
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