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 ...
House of Representatives Approves Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Nicaragua Bill In Response To Ortega’s Human Rights Violations and Electoral Manipulation House of Representatives Approves Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Nicaragua Bill In Response To Ortega’s Human Rights Violations and Electoral Manipulation
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa and Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, made the following statement after H.R. 5708 – the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) of 2016 – was approved by unanimous consent in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: “Daniel Ortega continues to consolidate power and trample on the rule of law and democratic foundations of Nicaragua which has led to economic and political instability in the country. This bill is aimed at holding Ortega and his regime accountable for violating human rights and manipulating the electoral process for his own political gain. In addition, the NICA Act directs the Department of State to issue a report on
Ros-Lehtinen Applauds Passage of the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act Ros-Lehtinen Applauds Passage of the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act
“As a cosponsor of the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act, I am pleased that the House passed this important legislation that will provide much needed relief to citrus growers both at home and throughout the country”
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), made the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act, which she cosponsored. This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow a full deduction in the current taxable year of the cost of replanting lost or damaged citrus plants. The taxpayer must own an equity interest of at least 50% in such replanted plants and may deduct costs paid or incurred through 2025. Under current law, individuals are allowed to deduct the cost, but the grower must bear the full cost of replanting.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
House Unanimously Approves Ros-Lehtinen Resolution Condemning Iran’s Persecution of Baha’i Minority, Urging Sanctions for Human Rights Violations House Unanimously Approves Ros-Lehtinen Resolution Condemning Iran’s Persecution of Baha’i Minority, Urging Sanctions for Human Rights Violations
“Despite failed attempts to portray Rouhani as a moderate, human rights under the current regime are worse than ever and I urge the administration not to turn a blind eye to the torment the regime inflicts at home by holding those responsible accountable with the sanctions at its disposal”
(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 after her resolution, H. Res. 220, Condemning the Government of Iran’s state-sponsored persecution of its Baha’i minority and its continued violation of the International Covenants on Human Rights, was approved by unanimous consent in the U.S. House of Representatives. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Iran’s deplorable human rights record at home is often overshadowed by its destructive behavior
La Cámara de Representantes Aprueba Legislación Presentada por Ros-Lehtinen y Sires en Respuesta a la Violación de Derechos Humanos de Ortega y la Manipulación Electoral de Su Régimen La Cámara de Representantes Aprueba Legislación Presentada por Ros-Lehtinen y Sires en Respuesta a la Violación de Derechos Humanos de Ortega y la Manipulación Electoral de Su Régimen
(Washington, DC) – Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, y el Congresista Albio Sires (D-NJ), Miembro de Alto Rango del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, hicieron las siguientes declaraciones después de que H.R. 5708- el Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA) de 2016 – fue aprobado unánimemente en la Cámara de Representantes.
Declaración de Ros-Lehtinen: “Daniel Ortega continua consolidando poder y pisoteando la autoridad de ley y la fundación democrática en Nicaragua que ha conducido a la instabilidad política y económica en el país. Este proyecto de ley está dirigido a Ortega para que él y su régimen tomen responsabilidad por la violación a los derechos humanos y a la manipulación del proceso elector