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 ...
While Vote Has Been Postponed, Administration Must Veto Any Additional Anti-Israel Resolutions at Security Council, Says Ros-Lehtinen While Vote Has Been Postponed, Administration Must Veto Any Additional Anti-Israel Resolutions at Security Council, Says Ros-Lehtinen
“Allowing this resolution to pass would only serve to embolden the Palestinian Authority’s attempts to achieve unilateral statehood and will damage any prospects for a negotiated peace”
(Miami, FL) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement in response to a postponed anti-Israel resolution that was offered at the United Nations Security Council. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“While this destructive and discriminatory anti-Israel resolution should have never been offered in the first place, I am glad to see that Egypt did the right thing and postponed the vote. If a similar measure is offered again, the Obama administration must stick with longstanding U.S. policy and veto any UN Security Council resolution that isolates and undermines our partner and ally,
Ros-Lehtinen Escribe Carta Bipartidista al Departamento de Estado Para Expresar sus Preocupaciones Sobre el Trato Débil con Las FARC Ros-Lehtinen Escribe Carta Bipartidista al Departamento de Estado Para Expresar sus Preocupaciones Sobre el Trato Débil con Las FARC
“El Departamento de Estado debe asegurarse que las FARC continúe siendo designada una organización terrorista extranjera, que las extradiciones desde Colombia continuen, y que el líder de las FARC Simón Trinidad se quede en la prisión a donde pertenece.”
(Miami, FL) -- Representante Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, envió una carta a Secretario de Estado John Kerry con un grupo bipartidista de cinco de sus colegas, incluyendo a Albio Sires (D-NJ), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Ted Yoho (R-FL), y Ron DeSantis (R-FL) delineando sus preocupaciones con el acuerdo decidido (say firmado or aprobado) entre el gobierno de Colombia y las FARC, la cual ha sido designada por Estados Unidos como una organización terrorista extranjera. Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen:
Ros-Lehtinen Leads Bipartisan Letter to the State Department to Express Serious Concerns Regarding Weak FARC Deal Ros-Lehtinen Leads Bipartisan Letter to the State Department to Express Serious Concerns Regarding Weak FARC Deal
“The State Department must ensure that the FARC continues to be designated as a foreign terrorist organization, extraditions from Colombia continue, and FARC leader Simon Trinidad remains in prison where he belongs.”
(Miami, FL) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, sent a letter to Secretary John Kerry with a bipartisan group of five of her colleagues, including Albio Sires (D-NJ), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Ron DeSantis (R-FL), outlining concerns with the deal concluded between Colombia’s government and the FARC, a U.S. designated foreign terrorist organization. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Like many Colombians in my South Florida community, I have been extremely worried about this weak deal with the FARC. Colombia’s cocaine production has increased s