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 ...
On the Eve of the Upcoming OAS Meeting, Ros-Lehtinen on the House Floor Denounces Maduro Regime As The Direct Cause of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People On the Eve of the Upcoming OAS Meeting, Ros-Lehtinen on the House Floor Denounces Maduro Regime As The Direct Cause of the Suffering of the Venezuelan People
"With its repression, its corruption, its disastrous economic policies, the Maduro regime is running Venezuela into the ground and it is no wonder that Venezuelans feel like they are under siege."
(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 on the House floor regarding the need for a referendum this year in Venezuela and how the Maduro regime is the direct cause of the suffering of the Venezuelan people.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Mr. Speaker, the situation in Venezuela is deteriorating very quickly. In Venezuela, the people are running out of medicine; running out of food; experiencing electricity shortages. The regime cannot even provide basic goods for the people.
Time is ticking, Mr. Speaker. It’s not a matter of
Ros-Lehtinen Welcomes Taiwan’s President Tsai to Miami Ros-Lehtinen Welcomes Taiwan’s President Tsai to Miami
“As we confront the many common challenges before us, including an increasingly aggressive China, I look forward to continuing to work with President Tsai to strengthen the U.S.-Taiwan partnership based on the Taiwan Relations Act and Six Assurances, and allow our two nations to become even better friends and allies moving forward”
(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 today after meeting with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen in Miami. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“I was honored to meet with President Tsai to discuss the importance of the U.S.-Taiwan bilateral relationship and it was a pleasure to welcome her to South Florida. Taiwan is a beacon of freedom, a key strategic ally in the Pacific, and the United States must make sure that Taiwan has what it needs to flourish economically and militarily. As we confront t