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Representatives Gus Bilirakis, Chris Pappas Reelected in US Midterms

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Gus Bilirakis and Chris Pappas were reelected in the US midterm elections. Illustration: Greek Reporter

Greek-American Representatives Gus Bilirakis and Chris Pappas were reelected in the US midterm elections in Florida and New Hampshire, respectively.

With almost all votes counted, Republican Bilirakis won 70.5 percent of the vote in Florida’s District 12. His opponent, Democrat Kimberly Walker, won 29.5 percent of the vote.

Chris Pappas is at 54.1 percent in District 1 of the New Hampshire vote with almost 80 percent of the votes counted. His Republican opponent, Karoline Leavitt, is trailing with 45.9 percent.

Bilirakis, Pappas are tireless advocates of Greece and Cyprus in Congress

In October, Bilirakis who has constantly been campaigning for Greek-related issues in Congress was honored to be one of four federal lawmakers to receive the inaugural Legislator of the Year award from the Wounded Warrior Program for his tireless advocacy on behalf of the nation’s most severely injured veterans.

In January 2022, Bilirakis, along with Hellenic Caucus Co-Chair Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH), led a group of colleagues in writing a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken opposing US plans to sell F-16s to Turkey.

They also demanded information from the State Department following recent reports of a request from Turkey to purchase forty F-16 fighter jets and dozens of modernization kits for its existing warplanes from the United States.

Born in 1980, Pappas has been serving as the U.S. Representative for New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional district since 2019. He previously served on the New Hampshire Executive Council from 2013 to 2019, representing the 4th district.

When elected on November 6, 2018, he became the first openly gay person representing New Hampshire in Congress.

Pappas was born in Manchester, the son of Dawn and Arthur Pappas. His paternal great-grandfather emigrated from Greece.

He has been named one of the most bipartisan members of Congress and has partnered with seventy-four Republicans on legislation he introduced in his second term in Congress, working across party lines to solve problems and provide solutions for New Hampshire families. He has also co-sponsored seventy-seven bills led by Republicans.

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