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Eleni Kounalakis


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Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-2018 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 5914068 Win
11-08-2022 Democratic Lieutenant Governor 6418114 Win

Candidate Biography:

Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis
Born: March 3, 1966 in Sacramento, CA
Married: Markos Kounalakis
Children: Neo and Eon

1992: Staff, California Democratic Party
1996: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2000: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2004: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
Previous: Trustee, San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center
2008: Delegate, Democratic National Convention
2010-2013: U.S. Ambassador to Hungary
Previous: Member, First 5 California Commission board
2016-2017: Member, San Francisco Port Commission
2020: Member, Governor's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery
2026: Early Primary Candidate for Governor (Pending)

  • HISTORY: On March 31, 2022, Lt. Governor Kounalakis became the first woman to sign a California bill into law when she signed AB 2179 (Grayson), relating to extending the state's COVID-19 eviction moratorium.
  • PUBLISHED: Author of Madam Ambassador in 2015.
  • In 2019, Kounalakis was the target of an attempted recall led by Erin Cruz. The recall failed to qualify for the ballot.