28 Facts About Alexi Giannoulias


Alexander Giannoulias is an American financier and politician who is the Illinois secretary of state.


Alexi Giannoulias previously served as the 72nd Illinois Treasurer from 2007 to 2011.


Alexi Giannoulias was a candidate in the 2010 elections for the seat in the United States Senate held by Roland Burris.


Alexi Giannoulias won the Democratic primary in February 2010, and narrowly lost the general elections in November 2010 to Republican Mark Kirk.


Alexi Giannoulias was elected secretary of state in the 2022 election, defeating Dan Brady to succeed longtime incumbent Jesse White.


Alexi Giannoulias attended The Latin School of Chicago and then the University of Chicago before transferring to Boston University.


Alexi Giannoulias then moved to Greece to play basketball with Panionios BC for a year.


Alexi Giannoulias had played basketball at The Latin School of Chicago, and played Division III basketball at the University of Chicago.


Alexi Giannoulias then played Division I basketball at Boston University.


Alexi Giannoulias founded and chaired the AG Foundation, a not-for-profit charity that donated money to treat child-related illnesses, curb poverty and assist disaster relief organizations.


On his first day as State Treasurer, Alexi Giannoulias "signed an executive order to enact the most comprehensive, widest-ranging ethics package of any elected official in the state", according to his official state website.


In 2009, Alexi Giannoulias worked to encourage Wells Fargo to cooperate in the sale of Chicago-based clothing manufacturer Hartmarx Corp.


The success of this sale with Alexi Giannoulias' support saved over 600 jobs at an Illinois Hartmarx factory that otherwise would have been closed.


Alexi Giannoulias cited the fact Wells Fargo received over $25 billion in federal TARP bailout funds as further reason why the bank should have supported the sale of Hartmarx instead of pursuing the company's liquidation.


Alexi Giannoulias launched the "Green Rewards" program, which gives a $1,000 rebate to Illinois residents who purchase a new hybrid or other fuel-efficient vehicle.


The Fallen Heroes Scholarship Program, which Alexi Giannoulias designed in a partnership with the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, awards an initial investment of $2,500 in college savings to children who have lost a parent in military service since 2001.


In 2008, Alexi Giannoulias announced the creation of the Bright Start Scholarship Program, which will award $3.5 million in need-based scholarships over 7 years, until 2015.


Alexi Giannoulias developed the Cultivate Illinois Excellence in Agriculture scholarship in 2008.


Alexi Giannoulias helped reform the program, and Bright Start went from being one of the worst programs in the country to one of the best.


Alexi Giannoulias started a pilot program in 2007 to sell the abandoned contents of safe deposit boxes on eBay, scrapping the state's annual live auctions.


From 2002 to 2006, Alexi Giannoulias worked as a senior loan officer and vice president at Broadway Bank, a community bank founded by his father.


Nine percent of the value of the bad loans originated while Alexi Giannoulias was chief loan officer.


Alexi Giannoulias has stated that he was not part of the loan committee that approved the loans to Giorango.


Alexi Giannoulias ran against Republican nominee Mark Kirk, Green Party nominee LeAlan Jones, and Libertarian nominee Mike Labno.


On March 2,2009, Alexi Giannoulias stated on CNBC that he was forming an exploratory committee in order to assess a potential candidacy for the US Senate in 2010.


Alexi Giannoulias was introduced to the crowd by Congressman Bill Foster.


Alexi Giannoulias announced he would run for Illinois Secretary of State to succeed retiring incumbent Jesse White.


On June 28,2022, he won the Democratic primary On November 8,2022, Alexi Giannoulias won the general election, defeating Republican Dan Brady.