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 ...
Members Relaunch the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combatting Anti-Semitism Members Relaunch the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combatting Anti-Semitism
WASHINGTON—Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Kay Granger (R-TX), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Peter Roskam (R-IL) are announcing the re-launch of the Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism in the House of Representatives for the 115th Congress.
According to the latest available FBI statistics, the number of anti-Semitic criminal offenses rose from 635 in 2014 to 695 in 2015. Since January 2017, over 60 Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) have been targeted by telephonic bomb threats, including several more Monday morning. Over the last week, an estimated 170 Jewish graves were found toppled at a cemetery in Missouri and an estimated 100 headstones were toppled at a cemetery in Philadelphia.
As co-Chairs of the Taskforce, the Members issued the following statement:
“At home and abroad, we continue to witness anti-Semitism t
Ros-Lehtinen y Sires Dirigen Delegación Bipartidista a Honduras y Guatemala Ros-Lehtinen y Sires Dirigen Delegación Bipartidista a Honduras y Guatemala
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, y Albio Sires (D-NJ), Vice-presidente del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, hicieron las siguientes declaraciones antes de su viaje a Honduras y Guatemala. Ros-Lehtinen y Sires tienen previsto reunirse con los Presidentes de Honduras y Guatemala, y con otros altos funcionarios gubernamentales, miembros de la sociedad civil, y personal de la embajada de Estados Unidos para discutir relaciones bilaterales y cooperación regional. Esta delegación también evaluará el estado de la lucha contra la corrupción y lucha contra el narcotráfico en esas naciones así como formas para reforzar la seguridad.
Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen:
“Aunque Honduras y Guatemala han hecho las mejoras necesarias en sus esfuerzos para combatir la corrupción, priorizar los derechos humanos, y respeto a
Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Lead Bipartisan Delegation To Honduras and Guatemala Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Lead Bipartisan Delegation To Honduras and Guatemala
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and Albio Sires (D – NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, made the following statements ahead of their upcoming trip to Honduras and Guatemala. Ros-Lehtinen and Sires are scheduled to meet with the Guatemalan and Honduran Heads of State, as well as other high-ranking government officials, civil society members, and U.S. embassy personnel to discuss bilateral relations and regional cooperation. The delegation will also assess the state of combatting corruption and counter narcotics efforts in those nations and ways to bolster security coordination.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“While both Honduras and Guatemala have made much needed improvements in their efforts to combat corruption, prioritize human rights, and respect the rule of law, more work needs