Lieutenant Governor of California

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Eleni Kounalakis

Lieutenant Governor of California

Professional Profile

The first woman elected lieutenant governor of California (though the second to serve in the position), Eleni Kounalakis already has her eye on higher office. She has said she wants to ensure a female candidate wins the governorship in 2026 — and it could just be her. The light duties of her office, which mainly involve sitting on the governing boards of California’s public higher education systems and a state land use commission, have provided few opportunities to build her profile, however. 

Kounalakis received some attention in March, when she became the first woman to sign a bill into law in California, while Gov. Gavin Newsom was on spring break with his family, and last fall, when she stepped in to lead California’s delegation to the United Nations climate summit in Scotland after Newsom dropped out at the last minute. But otherwise, the spotlight has shined brightest on Kounalakis when she picked a date for last year’s gubernatorial recall election and back in 2019, when she solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations, largely from labor unions, to renovate her state office.


Lieutenant Governor of California


Originally hoping to serve again in the federal government, she pivoted to running for lieutenant governor after Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election.

Has been a regular presence at University of California Board of Regents and California State University Board of Trustees meetings, advocating against tuition hikes and executive salary increases and for other policies favored by students.

Appointed by Newsom as California’s representative for international affairs and trade development, she ratified a series of agreements with Mexico on trade, investment, energy, and environmental policy in 2019.

U.S. ambassador to Hungary


Nominated by then-President Barack Obama, she worked to promote free governance in a country with backsliding democratic values.

Wrote a memoir, “Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest,” about her experience.

President, ​​AKT Development Corporation


After graduating from business school, she rose from project manager to president at a Sacramento-area housing development firm founded by her father, Angelo Tsakopolous.


  • California Democratic Party
  • Most California’s statewide elected officials, including Gov. Gavin Newsom and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla, along with dozens of legislators and members of Congress
  • Major unions such as SEIU California, the California Teachers Association and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association
  • Organizations that support abortion rights candidates, including EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice California and Planned Parenthood

“I remain more determined than ever to ensure that while I may be the first to do so, I will certainly not be the last.” (in a statement after she became the first woman to sign a bill into law in California).

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