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, Engel, Yoho, and Sherman Introduce North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act Ros-Lehtinen, Engel, Yoho, and Sherman Introduce North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs made the following statements after introducing H.R. 2061, the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act of 2017, alongside U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Under Kim Jong Un’s brutal regime, North Koreans continue to be exploited and trafficked in the regime’s harsh labor system while dissidents are sent to work camps and subjected to starvation and torture. Without rule of law, justice, or freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly, North Koreans live in constant fear of arrest, disappearance, and exe
Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Re-Introduce Bipartisan Nicaragua Bill To Hold The Ortega Regime Accountable for Fraudulent Elections, Corruption, and Human Rights Abuses Ros-Lehtinen and Sires Re-Introduce Bipartisan Nicaragua Bill To Hold The Ortega Regime Accountable for Fraudulent Elections, Corruption, and Human Rights Abuses
(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 re-introducing the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA Act) of 2017, H.R. 1918. On September 21, 2016, the U.S. House of Representative approved a similar version of the legislation by unanimous consent. The NICA Act aims to put conditions on Nicaragua similar to what Congress has already enacted into law regarding Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. On December 18, 2015, Congress enacted the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (P.L. 114-113), providing funds to implement the Central America strategy. The act placed numerous conditions on aid for Honduras, Guatemal
Ros-Lehtinen y Sires vuelven a presentar el proyecto de ley de Nicaragua para mantener el régimen de Ortega responsable por las elecciones fraudulentas, la corrupción y los abusos contra los derechos Ros-Lehtinen y Sires vuelven a presentar el proyecto de ley de Nicaragua para mantener el régimen de Ortega responsable por las elecciones fraudulentas, la corrupción y los abusos contra los derechos humanos
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte y el Congresista Albio Sires (D-NJ), Vice-Presidente del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, hicieron los siguientes comentarios después de volver a presentar H.R. XXX – el Nicaraguan Investement Conditionality Act (NICA) del 2017. En Septiembre 21, 2016, la Cámara de Representantes aprobó una versión similar a esta legislación de manera unánime. El NICA Act tiene como objetivo poner las condiciones en Nicaragua de igual manera a lo que el Congreso ya ha promulgado en Honduras, Guatemala, y El Salvador. En Diciembre 18, 2015, el Congreso aprobó el Consolidated Appropiations Act del 2016 (P.L. 114-113), que proporciona fondos para implementar
Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch Condemn Syrian Chemical Attack and Russian Obstruction at UN Ros-Lehtinen, Deutch Condemn Syrian Chemical Attack and Russian Obstruction at UN
(Washington) Today, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), respectively the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, delivered a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urging for a strong response by the Security Council to the horrific and criminal use of chemical weapons by Syria's Assad against innocent civilians:
“Assad’s repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria is barbaric and unconscionable," said Chairman Ros-Lehtinen. "I join my colleague in applauding Ambassador Haley for her strong condemnation of this brutal act at the Security Council and for her willingness to call out Russia and Iran for their culpability in perpetuating this tragedy. For over six years, we have seen horrifying images and the Syrian people have endured the unthinkable, yet these nations prevented