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 ...
We Must Not Stand Idly By As Christians and Other Religious and Ethnic Minorities Are Being Slaughtered in Syria and Iraq We Must Not Stand Idly By As Christians and Other Religious and Ethnic Minorities Are Being Slaughtered in Syria and Iraq
“America must come to the aid of those being terrorized; that everyone, everywhere—that is about justice, that is about freedom of religion—everyone should be able to live freely and openly without fear of persecution and be able to practice their faith.”
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement at a joint subcommittee hearing titled: “Genocidal Attacks Against Christian and Other Religious Minorities in Syria and Iraq.” Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Thank you so much Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Bass, thank you for your passionate words and for your long time leadership on this important issue. You, Mr. Smith, have been a vocal and steadfast ally for all of those who suffer and are denied their basic and fundamental rights, especially those who are ta
Ros-Lehtinen Statement in Response to President Obama’s Address on the ISIL Threat Ros-Lehtinen Statement in Response to President Obama’s Address on the ISIL Threat
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement following President Obama’s speech regarding the threat of ISIL in Iraq and Syria. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Even though it’s long overdue, I support targeted airstrikes in Syria but I’m disappointed that the President is once again circumventing Congress on military action. However, President Obama can’t have it both ways – he wants Congressional approval for funds to arm and train the so called moderate rebels but won’t seek our approval to strike ISIL in Syria.
“For years, I’ve been skeptical of arming Syrian rebel groups because we are too far into this Syrian crisis and the situation on the ground is so fractured and too complex. Had the President not dithered in 2011 when we could have possibly identified Assad’s opposition, we coul
Fighting For Our Children, Ros-Lehtinen Supports Bills That Work To Keep Our Kids Healthy Fighting For Our Children, Ros-Lehtinen Supports Bills That Work To Keep Our Kids Healthy
“I’m proud to support these important bills that work to keep our children healthy by ensuring medical attention is available to those who most desperately need it and by trying to understand the root cause of early death. Only by working to ensure our children are healthy can we ensure a bright future for our nation.”
(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) announced her support for two important bills that will work to keep our children healthy. The bills are:
· the Wakefield Act of 2014, which will reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program which works to ensure medical attention is available for seriously ill or injured children; and
· the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act, which will work to help us understand the causes of and treatments for unexpected early death in children.
Statement by Ro
Luchando en Favor de Nuestros Niños, Ros-Lehtinen Apoya Proyectos de Ley Para Que Nuestros Hijos Estén Saludables Luchando en Favor de Nuestros Niños, Ros-Lehtinen Apoya Proyectos de Ley Para Que Nuestros Hijos Estén Saludables
“Estoy orgullosa de apoyar estos importantes proyectos de ley que trabajan para mantener nuestros niños saludables y asegurar que atención médica esté disponible para quienes más la necesitan y tratar de entender la causa de la muerte temprana. Sólo trabajando para asegurar que nuestros hijos estén saludables podemos asegurar un futuro brillante para nuestra nación.”
(WASHINGTON) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen anunció su apoyo para dos proyectos de ley importantes que trabajarán para mantener a nuestros hijos saludables. Los proyectos son:
· el Wakefield Act of 2014, que reautoriza el programa “Emergency Medical Services for Children” que trabaja para asegurar que atención medica está disponible para niños severamente heridos o enfermos; y
· el “Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act”,