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 Wants Assurances That Miami Airport Will Be Ebola-Free Ros-Lehtinen Wants Assurances That Miami Airport Will Be Ebola-Free
"Our community must be ready for any eventuality and that includes the possible spread of the Ebola virus from a Latin American country."
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) sent a letter to Miami International Airport (MIA) Director Emilio Gonzalez asking about the preparations MIA is making for any possible spread of Ebola affecting the airport. Although travelers from West African countries do not enter the country through MIA, the possible spread of Ebola throughout Latin America by returning Cuban health professionals is a risk South Florida should be prepared to confront. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Our community must be ready for any eventuality and that includes the possible spread of the Ebola virus from a Latin American country. The Castro regime’s decision to send Cuban doctors in a thinly disguised propaganda attempt may put the region and South Florida at risk. MIA should have up to d
Ros-Lehtinen Pens Letter To President Obama Opposing Any Executive Unilateral Action on Iran Sanctions And Urges A Final Nuclear Agreement Which Sees Iran Ending All Enrichment Capabilities, Dismantli Ros-Lehtinen Pens Letter To President Obama Opposing Any Executive Unilateral Action on Iran Sanctions And Urges A Final Nuclear Agreement Which Sees Iran Ending All Enrichment Capabilities, Dismantling Infrastructure
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, sent a letter to President Obama raising concerns about possible unilateral action that the Administration may take to ease sanctions on Iran and stating that the only acceptable nuclear deal with Iran would have to guarantee Iran has no capability to enrich uranium. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Contrary to what the Administration continues to say, the point of the Iran sanctions was not just to bring the regime to the negotiating table. As the author of several Iran sanctions bills, including the toughest set of sanctions codified into law, I know that the objective of the sanctions program was to force Iran to completely abandon its nuclear ambitions, cease