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Demetrios Giannaros

 M.A., Ph.D,  Boston University;

Professor of economics,
University of Hartford

Demetrios is currently also
the State Representative
and the Deputy Majority Leader 
in the Connecticut House.


Giannaros, State Representantive

State Rep. Demetrios Giannaros Wins Re-Election

Hartford, CT. in a race that turned into a fiercely contested electoral campaign, four-term incumbent State Representative Demetrios Giannaros (Democrat) from Farmington, Connecticut won re-election with fifty-nine percent of the vote.

This past summer, Rep. Giannaros was elected President of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Union (WHIU) is composed of elected officials of Greek heritage from around the globe. Members come from Canada, South America, Europe, Russia and states of the former Soviet Republic, South Africa, Australia and the United States. The WHIU met in Athens this past summer in sessions with the Greek parliament to discuss issues of mutual interest. Prior to his election as President of WHIU, Rep. Giannaros served as Alternate President.

Although a Democrat, State Rep. Giannaros represents Connecticut’s 21st Assembly District that has a long history as a republican stronghold. Only two other democrats were ever elected from has district – one during the Great Depression, and the other during the Watergate scandal. Neither democrat was reelected. Demetrios made history in his first re-election bid by being the first democrat ever re-elected from the 21st District.

Rep. Giannaros, who was born in Samos, Greece, is an economist and Professor of economics and international business at the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business in Hartford, Connecticut. At the legislature, he serves as Chairman of the Energy & Technology Committee and he is a member of the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee and the Education Committee. He has been a strong advocate for small business, education, the environment and defending the rights of legal immigrants. He is the son of the late Spiros Giannaros and Irene Kiriakou Giannaros of Boston who immigrated from Samos, Greece.

During his first term in office (1995), Rep. Giannaros introduced legislation that made the 25th of March, Greek Independence Day, a day to be annually recognized in the state of Connecticut. Ever since, the day has been celebrated with speeches, Greek music and dancing, and the Greek flag flying over the Capitol for a week.

Cited from Hellenic News of America, Inc































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