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 ...
Obama’s Secret Ransom Payment to Iran Must Be Investigated; Congress Must Block Further Concessions to Regime, Says Ros-Lehtinen Obama’s Secret Ransom Payment to Iran Must Be Investigated; Congress Must Block Further Concessions to Regime, Says Ros-Lehtinen
“Surreptitiously sending a cargo plane full of cash to Iran, knowing full well that it is the world’s primary money-laundering and terror financing regime, puts our national security at risk as well endangers the stability and security of the Middle East region”
(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 in response to reports that the Obama administration sent a cargo plane carrying the equivalent of $400 million to the Iranian regime as a ransom payment for the release of American citizens. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“News of the Obama administration sending a plane full of cash as a ransom payment to the State Sponsor of Terror, Iran, comes as no surprise and further underscores just how far the President will go to appease the regime
Ros-Lehtinen leads Florida Congressional delegation letter urging the CDC to allocate more Zika funding to Florida Ros-Lehtinen leads Florida Congressional delegation letter urging the CDC to allocate more Zika funding to Florida
“The Obama Administration and Congress must put aside partisan fights and pass a full funding bill dedicated to eradicating the Zika virus. The CDC is an essential partner for our state and our community to be able to deal with this emerging public health crisis, but Florida needs to receive far more financial support. CDC Director Frieden must develop a fair funding formula that accurately reflects Florida’s greater risk from Zika.”
(Miami, FL) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen continued her leadership in mobilizing federal government resources to better prepare our community for the impacts of Zika virus in South Florida by sending a letter to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Tom Frieden. Ros-Lehtinen’s letter was signed by every member of Florida’s U.S. House delegation, all of whom agreed that the situation in Florida demands a greater allocatio