First Greek-American Member of the House of Representatives Dies

John Brademas(United States) – John Brademas, the first Greek-American senator in the United States, has passed away on July 11, 2016 at the age of 89. Brademas had along political career that officially ended in 1980 when he lost his seat in the House of Representatives to John Miller, a Republican. During his career, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives a total of 11 times. He also served as the majority whip from 1977 to 1981, which is the highest position ever to be held by a Greek-American in the House of Representatives.

During his time in the spotlight, he was an active member of the Greek diaspora. He would always make frequent appearances at events in both Washington and New York and he always showed an active interest in events going on in Greece and amongst the Greek-American community. He would also take part in meetings with Greek officials when they would visit the United States because he was often asked his opinions concerning international affairs between the United States and other countries such as Greece.

He was one of the politicians who were against the United States offering military aid to Greece when the military dictatorship came to power in 1967. He also was the main instigator of the 7:10 ration concerning American military aid to Greece and Turkey after the invasion of Cyprus in 1974. He ended his political career entirely in 1980 when he lost his seat in the house.

After his political career was finished, he became the President of New York University, a position he held for a decade. While he was there, he founded the Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies and also set up branches of New York Universities in countries like Cyprus. He is known for his ardent support of the humanities and in 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed him chairman of the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities.

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