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Olympia Snowe, first Greek American Congresswoman, announces retirement

Wednesday, February 29, 2012  | 

Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

Republican Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), who broke barriers as the first Greek American congresswoman, has announced that she will retire at the end of her term on January 3, 2013. A first generation Greek American whose father immigrated to the United States from Sparta, Snowe has been a consistent advocate for Hellenic issues in Congress. Indeed, she referenced her Spartan heritage in her statement announcing her retirement:

“With my Spartan ancestry I am a fighter at heart; and I am well prepared for the electoral battle, so that is not the issue. However, what I have had to consider is how productive an additional term would be. Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term.”

We need more leaders to follow in Senator Snowe’s footsteps and answer the call to public service in our community. By bringing Hellenic values of fairness, justice and philotimo to the table, the Greek American community can not only become more active in participating in our democracy, but we can help drive progress forward and improve it for the benefit of all citizens.

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