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 ...
Ros-Lehtinen Reintroduces Bill to Allow Holocaust Survivors to Pursue Justice Against Insurance Companies Ros-Lehtinen Reintroduces Bill to Allow Holocaust Survivors to Pursue Justice Against Insurance Companies
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement today after introducing H.R. 762, the Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2017, alongside Reps. Brad Sherman (D-CA) and John Garamendi (D-CA). Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a companion bill in the Senate. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Just days ago, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the world commemorated the millions of Jews and other innocent victims who were systematically murdered at the hands of the Nazi regime. Yet, incredibly, more than 72 years later, Holocaust survivors and their heirs are still being denied justice from those that benefited from their suffering. We cannot sit idly by and allow these survivors to continue to be victimized and denied their day in court. That is why
On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Reacts To Trump Administration Continuing Protections for LGBT Individuals On the House Floor, Ros-Lehtinen Reacts To Trump Administration Continuing Protections for LGBT Individuals
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL – 27) made following statement on the House Floor regarding President Trump’s executive order continuing workplace protections for LGBT federal contractors.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“I am heartened by the Administration’s announcement that it will preserve workplace protections for LGBT federal contractors. This is a meaningful and positive step toward ending discrimination against hardworking LGBT Americans who only want to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. For many years, I have been working with my Congressional colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect skilled, qualified and motivated LGBT employees.
Too often, these individuals experience rejections at job interviews, are denied promotions, or face other types of harassment in the workplace, simply because of their sexual orienta
Fighting Against Human Trafficking Human trafficking is often portrayed as an international blight, but the sad reality is that this is a problem that hits right at home as well. The Department of Justice estimates that at least 200,000 American children are at risk for trafficking into the sex industry. FBI reports show that nationally, as many as 2.8 million children run away from their homes each year and are exposed to prostitution and pornography. Last year alone, the Miami Dade State Attorney’s office opened 356 new human trafficking cases. Unfortunately, as the gateway to the Americas and a community heavily dependent on tourism and agriculture, South Florida is one of the locations most affected by human trafficking in the country. Every day, innocent people in South Florida are sold, bought, smuggled and forced to engage in prostitution, enduring physical and psychological abuse.
However, despite the discouraging statistics, I am heartened by the number of organizations and individuals working to
Ros-Lehtinen Urges Action to End Anti-Israel Agenda at the UN; Says Security Council Resolution 2334 Makes Peace Even More Remote Ros-Lehtinen Urges Action to End Anti-Israel Agenda at the UN; Says Security Council Resolution 2334 Makes Peace Even More Remote
“It’s far past time that the United States hold Abu Mazen and the Palestinian Authority accountable for its actions at the UN, for its incitement to violence, and for its unwillingness to curb the violence and work with Israel to achieve a lasting peace”
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 at a joint subcommittee hearing entitled, “Israel, the Palestinians, and the United Nations: Challenges for the New Administration.” Statement by Ros-Lehtinen (as prepared):
“Two months ago, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2334 by a vote of 14-0, with the United States abstaining. It was a departure in policy by the Obama administration, and it was a move that was overwhelmingly opposed by many of us in Congress. Some argue, incorrec