Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (also known as Ileana Ros; is a Cuban-American born as Ileana Ros y Adato July 15, 1952) is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 18th congressional district, serving since 1989. She is a member of the Republican Party.
She is currently the most senior Republican woman in the U.S. House, and was the first Republican woman elected to the House of Representatives from Florida. She is chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, effective 2011.
Early life, education and career
Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba, one of two children born to Enrique Ros and his wife, Amanda Adato.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in education and her Master of Arts in educational leadership from Florida International University. She attended the University of Miami ...
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement today on the announcement that U.S. law enforcement agencies have disrupted an Iranian plot to carry out acts of terrorism on U.S. soil:
“This revelation that Iran was actively plotting an attack on U.S. soil must serve as a wake-up-call about the commitment of the Iranian regime to harm the U.S. and our interests and allies, and the expansive nature of Iran’s network.
“The Iranian threat has many different components that must be addressed simultaneously. ...
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) has signed on as the first Republican supporter of a bill outlawing discrimination against same-sex couples from becoming adoptive or foster parents.
"It's way past time to allow the thousands of children in foster care the opportunity to live in safe and nurturing families who are eager to adopt them," said Ros-Lehtinen in a statement. "There are strict guidelines to ensure that the placement of these children will be regulated and that the parents will provide the protective guidance and structure that the children need."
"My home state of Florida had ...
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) has signed on as the first Republican co-sponsor of the bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.
“I voted against the constitutional amendment defining marriage so I’m pleased to co-sponsor the repeal of DOMA and work with my colleagues on marriage equality,” said Ros-Lehtinen in a statement.
The DOMA-repeal bill, known as the Respect for Marriage Act, now has 125 cosponsors.
Under DOMA, which was signed into law in 1996, states are allowed to not recognize valid same-sex unions performed in other states. Same-sex couples are also ...
Bipartisan Taskforce Introduces Legislation Focusing on European Anti-Semitism Bipartisan Taskforce Introduces Legislation Focusing on European Anti-Semitism
WASHINGTON - Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Kay Granger (R-TX), Steve Israel (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), and Ted Deutch (D-FL), the co-chairs of the House of Representatives Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism, introduced legislation aimed at shining a light on the growing problem of anti-Semitism in Europe. Upon introducing the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2016 (H.R. 6208), the co-chairs issued the following joint statement:
“It’s shocking that in the 21st century, anti-Semitism is gaining strength across Europe. From taunts and threats on the street; to violent attacks in schools and synagogues; to governments amplifying anti-Semitic voices and messages, such as leaders in Hungary giving a prestigious State award to anti-Semitic writer Zsolt Bayer, many European Jews are being forced to reconsider w
Ros-Lehtinen, Sherman, Garamendi, Nelson, and Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Restore Rights of Holocaust Survivors Ros-Lehtinen, Sherman, Garamendi, Nelson, and Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Restore Rights of Holocaust Survivors
“Now Congress has an opportunity to address the lingering injustices that Holocaust survivors have faced for over 70 years by restoring their rights and finally giving them, their heirs and the heirs of victims an opportunity to bring their cases before a federal judge”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement upon introducing H.R. 6279 – the Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2016 – alongside U.S. Reps. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, and John Garemendi (D-CA). Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) also introduced the Senate companion, S. 3418. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Congress has overwhelmingly voted – for the second time – to allow the families and victims of 9/11 to f
Ros-Lehtinen Votes to Jumpstart Everglades Restoration and Enhance Beach Renourishment Options for South Florida Ros-Lehtinen Votes to Jumpstart Everglades Restoration and Enhance Beach Renourishment Options for South Florida
“Along with key members of our south Florida Congressional delegation, notably Reps. Lois Frankel and Carlos Curbelo, I am proud to have helped deliver true results in these important efforts to make South Florida’s environment and economy more resilient for the benefit of everyone in our community.”
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development Act. The bill included important provisions for South Florida including federal authorization for the Central Everglades Planning Project that will improve freshwater delivery to Everglades National Park and Florida Bay, and more enhanced flexibility for local municipalities to select foreign sources of sand, including from the Bahamas, to improve quality and hold down costs of beach renourishment efforts.
Statement by Rep. Ros-Le
Ros-Lehtinen Helps Pass Critical Zika Funding Bill, Urges Continued Coordination To Eliminate Virus’s Foothold in South FloridaRos-Lehtinen Helps Pass Critical Zika Funding Bill, Urges Continued Coord Ros-Lehtinen Helps Pass Critical Zika Funding Bill, Urges Continued Coordination To Eliminate Virus’s Foothold in South Florida
“While the funds contained in this bill should never have been subject to delays over political wrangling, I am pleased that Congress has finally recognized South Florida's serious need for these critical funds to fight and contain the Zika virus.”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made the following statement after Congress approved H.R. 5325, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act of 2017. The bill funds continued federal government operations through December 9, 2016 and includes new resources for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs through Fiscal Year 2017. Finally, the bill includes $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus in South Florida and across the country.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“For months, I have been engaged in working to activate and shape the federal resp