Giorgos Kaminis
Georgios Kaminis is an American
United States
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 professor of constitutional law
Constitutional law
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, and mayor of Athens
Athens , is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world's oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state...

 since December 29 2010. He was the Greek Ombudsman from April 2003 until September 2010.

Early life

Giorgos Kaminis was born in New York
New York
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, where his father, Vasilis Kaminis was working at the time. He took the American citizenship, that holds until today along with the Greek. At the age of five he left New York and came to Athens.


He studied at the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens, graduating in 1980. He made postgraduate studies in Public Law, at Universite de Paris II, gaining a DEA in 1982, followed by the Universite de Paris I, where he obtained a Doctorat d'Etat en Droit
Doctor of law
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in 1989.


In November 1982, he was hired as a research and teaching fellow at the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens. He was elected a lecturer
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 in 1991 and an assistant professor in 1998.

From September 1989, he has been a research fellow at the Department of Parliamentary Studies and Research of the Directorate of Studies of the Greek Parliament.

Greek Ombudsman

Αfter serving as a Deputy Ombudsman for Human Rights, from 1998 to 2003, he served as the Greek Ombudsman from April 2003 until his resignation in September 2010, to run on the oncoming local elections.

Mayor of Athens

Kaminis was elected Mayor of Athens after the second round of the Greek local elections of 2010
Greek local elections, 2010
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. Kaminis, who ran as an independent, had been nominated by the small, newly formed Democratic Left party
Democratic Left (Greece)
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and was also backed by the country's ruling Pasok Party, the Ecologist Greens
Ecologist Greens
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 party, and Portokali (Drasi
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 and Liberal Alliance
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). In the second round of voting he got 52% of the vote and defeated Nikitas Kaklamanis
Nikitas Kaklamanis
Nikitas M. Kaklamanis is a Greek New Democracy politician and former Mayor of Athens. He is also a former Minister for Health and Social Solidarity. In the Greek local elections of 2010 he lost the position of mayor after being defeated by Giorgos Kaminis.-Medical career:Kaklamanis was born in...

, the rightwing incumbent supported by New Democracy
New Democracy
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 that lost control of the capital, historically a conservative stronghold, for the first time in more than two decades.

Personal life

Kaminis is married to Adamantia Anagnostou, a lecturer
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 at the University of Macedonia
University of Macedonia
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. They have two daughters, Angeliki and Katerina-Markella.

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