Supreme President Savas C. Tsivicos has issued the following statement upon U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes’ (D-MD) announcement that he will not seek reelection in 2024:
We are grateful for U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes’ near two decades of public service in the U.S. Congress as a champion of the American Hellenic community and as a dedicated public servant to the constituents of Maryland’s Third Congressional District. His staunch advocacy for the policy priorities important to AHEPA’s mission—foreign and domestic—will be missed greatly.
Moreover, we are proud to call him a Brother Ahepan. He has been by our side during some of our Order’s proudest moments in recent history. The presentation of the Pericles Award to Civil Rights Icon John Lewis, whom he introduced, in 2015, and our participation at the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights, come to mind.
We are grateful for his appreciation and passion for volunteerism and service as demonstrated by his “Hellenism in the Public Service” campaign. The campaign aimed to shine a light on those ideals that we, as Ahepans, hold dear.
We wish him all the best in his next endeavor. We are confident that he will continue to contribute to the betterment of society.