SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Eleni Kounalakis is California’s new Lieutenant Governor. She beat fellow Democrat Dr. Ed Hernandez to win office.
With 97.2 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, Kounalakis was declared the winter with 55.65 percent of the vote.
Kounalakis is a former Ambassador to Hungary, where she served from 2010-2013 under President Barack Obama. She also served on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign as a fundraiser and a member of her foreign advisory team.
She is the daughter of Angelo Tsakopoulos, a well known Sacramento developer. She started her career as a real estate developer.
Kounalakis has a BA in English from Dartmouth and an MBA from UC Berkeley.
She and her husband, Markos, have two sons.