EMILYs List Endorses Eleni Kounalakis for California Lieutenant Governor
For Immediate Release
March 29, 2022
EMILY's List Endorses Eleni Kounalakis for California Lieutenant Governor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis for reelection in California. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is proud to endorse Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis for reelection in California. Since 2019, Lt. Gov. Kounalakis has led with integrity and fought for equality throughout her state. After becoming the first woman elected as California’s lieutenant governor, she introduced the Gender Equity in Leadership Act to ensure that California’s state laws were gender inclusive and that others can follow in her footsteps. Lt. Gov. Kounalakis has a distinguished record of advancing justice and opportunity, and EMILYs List is eager to support her as she continues catalyzing change in California.”
Eleni Kounalakis is the current lieutenant governor of California and the first woman elected to the position. Kounalakis has a long history of Democratic activism dating back to her work on the 1992 election in which California elected two women to the U.S. Senate and went blue. After the election, Kounalakis spent 18 years delivering homes to middle-class families, working her way up to President of her family business, AKT Development. In 2010, Kounalakis was appointed by President Barack Obama as the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary where she served through 2013. As lieutenant governor, she established a Transgender Advisory Council in order to create a forum to discuss issues impacting the transgender community in California. She and her husband, Dr. Markos Kounalakis, have two sons, Neo and Eon.
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