Democratic Rep. Dina Titus was reelected to a sixth term in the 1st Congressional District in Nevada, which includes the Las Vegas Strip at the US Midterm elections.
Titus narrowly defeated Republican opponent Mark Robertson, a retired Army Colonel.
Titus wrote on Twitter: “We always knew this would be a tough race and I am so grateful to all who volunteered, contributed, and dedicated their time to this race. I am humbled to have your support, and I promise to continue delivering for all Southern Nevadans.”
The fight continues to lower costs for families, to expand access to affordable health care, to protect a woman’s right to choose, to ensure our seniors can age with dignity and security, to protect our planet, and to protect our democracy.
With a full heart, I say thank you.
— Dina Titus (@dinatitus) November 11, 2022
Titus, 72, votes solidly for President Joe Biden’s proposals and is a staunch supporter of gun control, advocating for stricter measures after the 2017 massacre at a Las Vegas music festival where fifty-eight people were killed and more than five hundred wounded by a gunman in a hotel.
She was first elected in 2008 to represent Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District but, two years later, was defeated by Republican and former State Sen. Joe Heck by less than two thousand votes.
Dina Titus is of Greek descent
Originally born in Georgia to parents of Greek descent and a family with a political background, she has represented the state’s 1st Congressional District since 2013.
Titus grew up in South Georgia, and always had a close relationship with her Greek immigrant grandfather, Arthur Costandinos Cathones, who came to America in 1911 through Ellis Island. She learned her Greek letters and numbers from him, as well as the brilliance of Greek cuisine.
Her bio reads: “Dina’s Greek heritage has always been close to her heart and an important part of her life, even though she did not have the privilege of growing up in a large Greek community.
According to the bio, “Growing up in a small town in Georgia where her grandfather operated restaurants, the family would have to drive to the nearest city—sometimes over a hundred miles—to find feta cheese and Kalamata olives.”
Before her election to Congress, Titus served in the Nevada Senate and was its minority leader from 1993 to 2009. She also taught American and Nevada government classes from 1979 through 2011 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV,) where she has Professor Emeritus status, the site noted.
Greek-American victories at midterm elections
A number of significant victories were achieved by Greeks and philhellenes in this year’s U.S. midterm elections.
Among those who were elected or re-elected in the US Parliament and Congress were Alexi Giannoulias, Eleni Kounalakis, Nicole Malliotakis, John Sarbanes, Gus Bilirakis, and Chris Pappas.
The Greek diaspora in the United States boldly supported Greek candidates in this year’s midterm elections, proving the distinguished political presence of expatriate Greeks in their states.