New York.- The Hellenic American Bankers Association honored Senator Paul S. Sarbanes, during their annual dinner, on Tuesday, May 23, 2006. The veteran member of Congress will to retire next January after a distinguished 30 year career as Maryland’s Senator.
Sarbanes praised the memory of his parents Spyros and Matina Sarbanes, who taught him to be proud of his Greek heritage and his Orthodox religion. He also talked of his efforts for the Greek national issues.
Archbishop Demetrios praised Sarbanes as a champion for the causes of Greece and Cyprus and the Human Rights.
Paul is an inspiration to every Greek American, said John Catsimatidis, calling the senator a role model.
He ran for the Maryland House of Delegates in 1966 and in 1970 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first of three terms. He was chosen by his House Watergate Committee colleagues to introduce the first Article of Impeachment against Richard M. Nixon. He was elected to the Senate in 1976, where as chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, he co-sponsored the Sarbanes-Oxley bill to reform the accounting industry and restore investor confidence after the collapse of Enron and WorldCom.