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 ...
Polis, Scott, Ros-Lehtinen Introduce Bipartisan Bill to End LGBT Student Discrimination Polis, Scott, Ros-Lehtinen Introduce Bipartisan Bill to End LGBT Student Discrimination
WASHINGTON, DC —Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) today introduced the Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA), which would help protect public school students from bullying, harassment, and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) will be introducing the companion bill in the Senate today.
“Every single child deserves a quality education that is free from discrimination and prepares them for college and a career,” said Representative Polis. “It’s simply unacceptable that in 2015, there are thousands of students who face bullying and harassment every day when they get to school simply because of their sexual orientation or their gender identity.”
“Evidence shows that discrimination against LGBT students deprives them of equal educational opportunities by increasing their li
Supporting Parental Rights and the Sanctity of Life, Ros-Lehtinen Re-Introduces the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Supporting Parental Rights and the Sanctity of Life, Ros-Lehtinen Re-Introduces the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
“The lives of the innocent unborn should be sacred. At a time where minors need to submit permission slips to go on a school trip, parents should not be left in the dark when their children have an abortion.”
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL) re-introduced her signature pro-life legislation, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), which supports parental rights and the innocence of the unborn. This critical legislation would make it a federal offense to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion, for the purpose of evading a parental consent law or parental notification law in the minor’s home state. CIANA also requires that in a state without a parental notification requirement, abortion providers notify a parent. Statement from Ros-Lehtinen:
“The lives of the innocent unborn should be sa
Ros-Lehtinen Calls Pro-Cuba Engagement Panelist’s Assertion that Human Rights Situation in Cuba Not “Uniformly Grim” Particularly Disgusting and an Affront to Fellow Panelists and the Millions Sufferi Ros-Lehtinen Calls Pro-Cuba Engagement Panelist’s Assertion that Human Rights Situation in Cuba Not “Uniformly Grim” Particularly Disgusting and an Affront to Fellow Panelists and the Millions Suffering Under Castro Regime
Ros-Lehtinen Thanks Panelists Berta Soler, Sara Fonseca, and Antunez for Their Brave Testimony and Congratulates Them on Being the Future Faces of a Democratic Cuba
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement at a Subcommittee hearing entitled “Human Rights in Cuba: A Squandered Opportunity” Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Thank you Chairman Smith, I am also glad Mr. Gross is home, but if by visiting Mr. Gross you believe you have been to a Cuban jail, maybe these dissidents here can tell you what a jail in Cuba is really like. We are thankful that he is home. We can ask someone like Mr. Basilio Guzman who is in the audience today. He served 22 years in Ca
Apoyando Los Derechos de Los Padres Y La Santidad de La Vida, Ros-Lehtinen Presenta de Nuevo El Proyecto De Ley Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act Apoyando Los Derechos de Los Padres Y La Santidad de La Vida, Ros-Lehtinen Presenta de Nuevo El Proyecto De Ley Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
“Las vidas de los inocentes no nacidos deben ser sagradas. En un momento donde los menores de edad necesitan pedir permiso de sus padres para ir en un viaje de escuela, los padres no deben de ser dejados en la oscuridad cuando sus menores tienen un aborto.”
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL) presentó de nuevo su importante legislación pro-vida, Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), que apoya los derechos paternales y la inocencia de los no nacidos. Esta crítica legislación haría un crimen federal el transportar una menor entre estados para obtener un aborto con el propósito de evadir leyes de consentimiento paternal o ley de notificación a padres en el estado donde reside la menor. CIANA también requiere que en un estado sin el requisito de notificación a los padres, los prov