Two Greek-American House Representatives have been re-elected in the 2022 U.S. midterms.
The first, New York Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, won against former Democratic Rep. Max Rose in a rematch between the two.
The second, Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes, was reelected to the state’s 3rd Congressional District after defeating Republican Yuripzy Morgan.
Redrawing the battle lines
Since 2020, Malliotakis took over the seat and was able to keep it after winning against Rose, a military officer, after only serving just one term. Democrats in Albany had tried to throw Malliotakis off the seat by redrawing congressional lines that would affect her conservative, majority Staten Island 11th district by adding liberal parts of Brooklyn, including Park Slope, to the picture.
Malliotakis however was saved by a judge who struck down redistricting Democratic governor, Kathy Hochul had sought to push forward, and had a special master redraw the lines.
Earlier in the summer, Rose tried to engage with voters by arguing that the state’s controversial bail laws need to be changed, however his attempts failed to gain him voters.
He said, “This is very simple: Gov. Hochul and the legislature need to have a special session to change the bail law. … Judges need the discretion to detain recidivists. Get it fixed,” according to a report by The New York Post.
Who is Republican Nicole Malliotakis?
Nicole Malliotakis was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2020, defeating an incumbent Democrat by more than 18,000 votes. In 2021, she began serving as the U.S. representative for New York’s 11th congressional district.
She currently serves as Assistant Whip for the House Republican Conference and on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Foreign Affairs committees.
The Congresswoman is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations and Global Corporate Social Impact. She was also chosen to serve on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.
Malliotakis main areas of focus are government accountability and transparency, supporting law enforcement, securing the nation’s law enforcement, and combating the spread of socialism.
Who is Democrat John Sarbanes?
Congressman John Sarbanes has represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. Congress since 2007.
He currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change as well as Vice Chair of the House Subcommittee on Health.
Congressman Sarbanes also serves on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and its Subcommittee on Government Operations. In addition, the Maryland representative chairs the Democracy Reform Task Force, which has assembled HR1, the For The People Act, to reform and strengthen US democracy.
Born and raised in Baltimore, the Greek-American politician has experience working in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
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