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 ...
On Anniversary of the Brothers to the Rescue Shootdown, We Honor the Memory of the Four Brave Pilots Murdered by Castro and Shine a Light on the Threat Posed by This Dangerous Regime, Says Ros-Lehtine On Anniversary of the Brothers to the Rescue Shootdown, We Honor the Memory of the Four Brave Pilots Murdered by Castro and Shine a Light on the Threat Posed by This Dangerous Regime, Says Ros-Lehtinen
“I urge this Administration to take off its blinders and remain vigilant against this regime which remains a danger to the Cuban people.”
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement on the 18-year anniversary of the Brothers to the Rescue shootdown by the Castro regime which led to the deaths of three American citizens and one U.S. resident. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"Today we commemorate the deaths of Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Mario de la Peña, and Pablo Morales, whose planes were unjustly shot down over international waters at Castro’s orders. We remember these pilots and their families and praise them for their courage, but the best way to honor their memory is to recogni
Este Aniversario del Derribo de las Avionetas de Hermanos al Rescate, Honremos la Memoria de los Cuatro Valientes Pilotos Asesinados Por Castro y Prestemos Atención a la Amenaza Que Representa Este Ré Este Aniversario del Derribo de las Avionetas de Hermanos al Rescate, Honremos la Memoria de los Cuatro Valientes Pilotos Asesinados Por Castro y Prestemos Atención a la Amenaza Que Representa Este Régimen Peligroso, Dice Ros-Lehtinen
“Insto a esta Administración a quitarse las anteojeras y permanecer vigilante contra este régimen que sigue siendo un peligro para el pueblo cubano.”
(WASHINGTON) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración sobre el decimoctavo aniversario del derribo de las avionetas de Hermanos al Rescate por el régimen castrista que resultó en la muerte de tres ciudadanos estadounidenses y un residente estadounidense. Dijo Ros-Lehtinen:
"Hoy conmemoramos las muertes de Carlos Costa, Armando Alejandre, Mario de la Peña, y Pablo Morales, cuyas avionetas fueron injustamente derribadas sobre aguas internacionales por órdenes de Castro. Recordamos a estos pilotos
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“Federal agencies sometimes pitch curveballs at you, don’t get caught at strike three. Come to my office and let us help you hit a home run!” added Ros-Lehtinen.
Miami, Florida – If you are a resident of the 27th Congressional District and happen to be around Miami Springs, Coral Gables, or Cutler Bay, please stop by city hall and allow Ileana's Congressional Aide, Lourdes Ruiz, to help you with any problem related to a federal agency or any questions regarding the federal government. Lourdes will be at:
Miami Springs City Hall, 201 Westward Drive in Miami Springs (Okeechobee Road and Westward Drive) on Tuesday, February 25th from 10am – 3pm;
Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way in Coral Gables on Wednesday, February 26th from 10am – 3pm;
Cutler Bay Town Hall, 10720 Caribbean Blvd in Cutler Bay (US1 and Caribbean Boulevard) on Thursday, February 27th from 10am – 3pm.
Any resident of the 27th Con