He has been a member of the New Democracy Central Committee since April 1994. He was elected MP in the Kilkis constituency in the general elections of 1996 and 2000.
In June 2000, he became shadow minister for the environment, town planning and public works.
In March 2004 he was appointed Minister for Rural Development and Food but resigned in September of the same year after it became public that he had tried to influence his son's transfer into a corresponding University department of a different city.
He returned to the cabinet on February 15, 2006 as Minister for Employment and Social Protection. On April 27, 2007, he resigned after weeks of government criticism that followed the discovery that a state pension fund had overpaid € 4.8 million (US$6.4 million) for state bonds.
- Curriculum Vitae on the Greek Parliament website
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