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 ...
Giving Voice to the Jewish Community in Iraq, Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Israel Urge the Return of Historical Treasures to Rightful Owners Giving Voice to the Jewish Community in Iraq, Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Israel Urge the Return of Historical Treasures to Rightful Owners
“It’s imperative that we preserve the history of the Jewish community of Iraq so that future generations will always remember their ancestors’ experiences and historical contributions”
(WASHINGTON) – Today, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida congressional delegation, co-authored a letter, along with U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, urging Secretary of State John Kerry to return historic communal and religious items currently on display at the National Archives to the Iraqi Jewish community and their descendants, and not the government of Iraq. These artifacts, discovered in a decrepit state by U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq in 2003, were rescued and brought to the United States for repair and preservation. Next spring, these items are scheduled to be sent back to Iraq but Ros-Lehtinen and Israel are asking that they
Supporting South Florida’s Economic Development, Ros-Lehtinen States Water Resource Bill Will Help Produce Jobs and Trade Supporting South Florida’s Economic Development, Ros-Lehtinen States Water Resource Bill Will Help Produce Jobs and Trade
“This important legislation will help propel South Florida’s ports and waterways into the 21st century.”
Miami, Florida – Today, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida congressional delegation, announced her support for H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act. Through this bill, Congress authorizes the key missions of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, including developing, maintaining, and supporting the Nation’s economically vital waterway infrastructure and supporting effective and targeted flood protection and environmental restoration needs. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also focuses on development of our nation’s ports and, locally, PortMiami supports 207,000 jobs and has a $27 billion annual impact to our local and state economies. This bill will allow our deep dredge to be on track to create a
Apoyando al Desarrollo Económico del Sur de la Florida, Ros-Lehtinen Declara sobre Legislación de Recursos de Agua que Ayudará a Producir Trabajos y Comercio Apoyando al Desarrollo Económico del Sur de la Florida, Ros-Lehtinen Declara sobre Legislación de Recursos de Agua que Ayudará a Producir Trabajos y Comercio
“Esta legislación importante ayudará a entrar los puertos y fluviales del Sur de la Florida al siglo 21.”
Miami, Florida – Hoy, la congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, miembro principal de la delegación Congresional de la Florida, anunció su apoyo para H.R. 30808, la Ley de Reformar y Desarrollar Recursos de Agua. Por este proyecto de ley, el Congreso autorizará las misiones claves de los Ingenieros del Ejército de los Estados Unidos, incluyendo desarrollar, mantener, y apoyar los fluviales vitales a nuestra infrastructura y apoyar protección eficaz con el objetivo de prevenir las inundaciones y necesidades de nuestro medio ambiente. Los Ingenieros del Ejercito de los Estados Unidos también se enfocan en desarrollar nuestros puertos y, localmente, el PuertoMiami que mantiene 207,000 trabajos y tiene un impacto anual d