November 16, 2017 - Congressman Eric Swalwell Endorses Eleni Kounalakis For Lieutenant Governor


Swalwell joins a growing roster of prominent Californians supporting Kounalakis’ bid for Lt. Governor

San Francisco – Today, U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell formally endorsed Eleni Kounalakis for Lieutenant Governor. In his statement, Swalwell praised Kounalakis for her commitment to advocating for all Californians.

“As a diplomat and a lifelong Californian, I know Eleni Kounalakis has the dedication and experience to ensure California leads the way into the future,” said Swalwell. “She understands what’s at stake in securing our democracy, values and diversity and strengthening our economy, so it works for everyone. I am proud to endorse Eleni for Lieutenant Governor.”  

“I am deeply honored that Congressman Eric Swalwell has endorsed me for Lt. Governor,” said Kounalakis. “Eric’s leadership in California as an advocate for justice is inspiring for anyone interested in public service. His bipartisan efforts to explore the benefits of the sharing economy demonstrate his commitment to the people of California. As Lt. Governor, I look forward to the opportunity to work with leaders like Congressman Swalwell to protect and strengthen California values.”

Kounalakis comes armed with a growing list of endorsements from prominent Democratic elected officials and organizations, like U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, EMILY’s List, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs, Representatives Anna Eshoo, Doris Matsui, Jimmy Panetta, and Mike Thompson, former State Senator Mark Leno, Sacramento Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, CA Women’s List, and the Fresno, Marin, and Ventura County Young Democrats.

Kounalakis is a business woman and diplomat. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as Ambassador to Hungary in 2010. She is a life-long Democrat and five-time delegate to the Democratic National Convention and worked as an advocate for early childhood education as a member of California's First 5 Commission and the Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism.

She was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council and served as a member of the San Francisco Port Commission. Prior to serving our country in the diplomatic corps, she was president of AKT Development Corporation in Sacramento, where she grew up. She is a graduate of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and Dartmouth College. She and her husband, Markos, live in San Francisco where they are raising their two teenage sons.

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