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 ...
Ros-Lehtinen and Castor Lead Bipartisan Letter to Governor Scott Asking for More Information on HIV Reporting in Florida Ros-Lehtinen and Castor Lead Bipartisan Letter to Governor Scott Asking for More Information on HIV Reporting in Florida
“As a South Floridian, I understand how devastating this disease has been to our community and how important it is to make sure we utilize all the tools and resources available for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) led a bipartisan letter, along with Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Ted Yoho (R-FL), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), and Frederica Wilson (D-FL), to Governor Rick Scott seeking information regarding how the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) records, reports, and revises new cases of HIV infections in the state.
Accurate HIV infection rate data is crucial to the effective development and deployment of public health strategies. It also informs the data-d
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ros-Lehtinen Renews Fight for Holocaust Survivors On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ros-Lehtinen Renews Fight for Holocaust Survivors
“As we observe Holocaust Remembrance Day, I remain unyielding in my commitment to helping Holocaust survivors in South Florida, and across our nation.”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) made the following statement marking Holocaust Remembrance Day and the continuing fight for Holocaust survivors. Recently, Ros-Lehtinen and her colleague, Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-21), introduced a House Concurrent Resolution urging the German government to fulfill its moral responsibility to Holocaust survivors and urgently provide the financial resources necessary to ensure that survivors live in dignity and comfort in their remaining years. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“As we observe Holocaust Remembrance Day, I remain unyielding in my commitment to helping Holocaust survivors in South Florida, and across our nation. Elie Wiesel’s quote ‘Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywh
Ros-Lehtinen y Colegas Presentan Proyecto de Ley Bipartidista Para Extender Sanciones Contra el Régimen de Maduro Ros-Lehtinen y Colegas Presentan Proyecto de Ley Bipartidista Para Extender Sanciones Contra el Régimen de Maduro
“La corrupción, control absoluto del sistema judicial, y falta de respeto hacia las reglas democráticas por el régimen de Maduro han restringido seriamente los derechos humanos básicos de los venezolanos como la libertad de expresión y un proceso judicial justo, pero a pesar de esto no se está haciendo lo suficiente para sancionar a los oficiales responsables por estas violaciones.”
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, se unió a los Congresistas Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Albio Sires (D-NJ), y Ted Deutch (D-FL) para presentar el H.R. 5134, un proyecto bipartidista que extenderá la autoridad del Presidente para sancionar a oficiales del régimen de Nicolás Maduro responsables por las continuas violaciones de derecho
Ros-Lehtinen Hosts 2016 Congressional Art Competition Today, Monday, May 2 Ros-Lehtinen Hosts 2016 Congressional Art Competition Today, Monday, May 2
“As a former Florida certified teacher, I know that encouraging the next generation of South Floridians to be active in the arts adds another level of vibrancy to our community.”
Miami, FL – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) will host the 2016 Congressional Art Competition at her Miami district office (4960 SW 72 Avenue, Suite 208) today, Monday, May 2 at 5:30pm. Ros-Lehtinen hosts the annual Congressional Art Competition to showcase art created by high school students from Florida’s 27th Congressional district. The winner of the competition will have the work of art placed in the Capitol complex, runner-ups will have their works of art placed in Ros-Lehtinen’s Washington, DC and Miami offices.
WHO: U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, high school students, parents, and faculty from the 27th District of Florida
WHAT: Congressional Art Competition