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 ...
Hillary Clinton Joins the Blame America First Crowd in Speech at FIU; Only Embargo That Should be Lifted is the One on Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights That Castro Has On the Cuban People, Says Ro Hillary Clinton Joins the Blame America First Crowd in Speech at FIU; Only Embargo That Should be Lifted is the One
on Freedom, Democracy and Human Rights That Castro Has On the Cuban People, Says Ros-Lehtinen
(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 in response to Hillary Clinton’s remarks regarding the normalization of relations with Cuba this morning at Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s alma mater, Florida International University. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Hillary Clinton’s speech this morning at my alma mater, FIU, is typical of the Blame America First crowd who naively believe that it is the embargo against Castro that has been the impediment to bringing the island into the 21st century. This argument is fatally flawed and backward; it isn’t the embargo that has held the people back, but rather it is the embargo by Fidel and Raul Castro against the people of Cuba and de
Ros-Lehtinen Introduces the Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act in Advance of Congressional Field Hearing in South Florida on Biscayne National Park’s Proposed No-Fishing Zone Ros-Lehtinen Introduces the Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act in Advance of Congressional Field Hearing in South Florida on Biscayne National Park’s Proposed No-Fishing Zone
“It’s especially important to me that we reconnect South Floridians with the natural lands and waters that surround and support our community, and that means giving folks as many opportunities as possible to enjoy, and thrive alongside, the ‘watery wonderland’ of Biscayne National Park.”
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen introduced the Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act (H.R. 3310) with the bipartisan support of 30 House colleagues. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo are among 18 members of the Florida congressional delegation to have cosponsored H.R. 3310. This bill would ensure that federal and state agencies collaborate in the development of any new fishing access restrictions in areas where state marine waters and national park or national marine
Ros-Lehtinen Statement on Announced Congressional District Map Ros-Lehtinen Statement on Announced Congressional District Map
Miami, FL – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL – 27) made the following statement after the announcement of a proposed Congressional district map. Statement from Ros-Lehtinen:
"I love every block of my hometown so I'll be pleased as punch with whatever areas the state legislature ultimately draws in its final maps. I enjoy my neighbors in Pinecrest as much as those in Little Havana, Hialeah, Coconut Grove and South Dade. Everywhere I go, I feel at home. As Stephen Stills sang, 'love the one you're with', and I intend to do just that."
Hillary Clinton Se Une en Actitud de Culpar Primero a E.U. en Discurso en FIU. El Único Embargo Que Debe Ser Levantado Es El Que Tiene Castro Sobre La Libertad, Derechos Humanos y Sobre El Pueblo Cu Hillary Clinton Se Une en Actitud de Culpar Primero a E.U. en Discurso en FIU. El Único Embargo Que Debe Ser Levantado Es El Que Tiene Castro Sobre La Libertad, Derechos Humanos y Sobre El Pueblo Cubano, Dice Ros-Lehtinen
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R – FL), Presidente del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración en respuesta al discurso de Hillary Clinton sobre la normalización de relaciones con Cuba esta mañana en el Alma Máter de la Congresista Ros-Lehtinen, FIU. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:
“El discurso de Hillary Clinton esta mañana en mi Alma Máter, FIU, es típico de la actitud de aquellos que culpan primero a Estados Unidos e ingenuamente creen que el embargo contra Castro ha sido el impedimento para que Cuba entre al Siglo 21. Este argumento es fatalmente incorrecto y por el contrario, no es el embargo de E.U. lo que ha perjudicado a la población sino el embargo de Fidel y Raúl Castro contra el pueb