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 Responds to President Obama’s Final State of the Union Speech Ros-Lehtinen Responds to President Obama’s Final State of the Union Speech
(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement in response to the text of President Obama’s final State of the Union speech released earlier tonight by the White House.
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"President Obama's final State of the Union Address will be remembered not for what he said, but for what he didn’t say.
The President has failed yet again to use this opportunity to lay out a comprehensive plan to Congress and the American people on how best to defeat ISIS, and instead has opted to try to lull us into a false sense of security that is belied by the facts on the ground here in the U.S. and across the globe.
It's much the same situation with Iran: the President touted his nuclear deal with Tehran, yet what the President didn't say is that, since the deal, we have seen an increasingly bellicose regi
Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart Urge South Florida Community to Attend Event Marking 18th Anniversary of NACARA Law Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart Urge South Florida Community to Attend Event Marking 18th Anniversary of NACARA Law
“I’m proud of the work that Lincoln and I did to help so many members of our community who were fearful of being deported so that they could become contributing Americans.”
Miami, Florida – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) invites South Floridians to join her, former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, and various organizations from our local Nicaraguan community to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the passage of the NACARA law, which granted legal status to thousands of Nicaraguans, Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and others. The event will be held on Saturday, January 23 at 4pm at the West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way in Miami.
In 1997, Lincoln and Ileana worked to help ensure that Nicaraguans and others who were asylum seekers could become legal permanent residents in the United States. This law placed many on a path to American citizenship.
Ros-Lehtinen Statement In Anticipation Of Iran Nuclear Agreement’s “Implementation Day” Ros-Lehtinen Statement In Anticipation Of Iran Nuclear Agreement’s “Implementation Day”
“While the President may be content to recede from America’s role on the global stage and abdicate our leadership, Congress cannot shy away from its role and must take immediate and decisive action to reign in Iran’s increasing threat”
(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement in anticipation of the “Implementation Day” phase of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Agreement between the P5+1 nations of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, China and Russia and Iran. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“The President is so intent on seeing this weak and dangerous deal through that he’s allowed Tehran to bully the U.S. around with impunity and is actually paying the regime off with over $100 billion in sanctions relief – money that Iran will undoubtedly use to increase i
Ros-Lehtinen y Díaz-Balart Urgen a la Comunidad del Sur de la Florida Asistir a Evento Marcando 18 Años de la Ley NACARA Ros-Lehtinen y Díaz-Balart Urgen a la Comunidad del Sur de la Florida Asistir a Evento Marcando 18 Años de la Ley NACARA
“Estoy orgullosa del trabajo que Lincoln y yo hicimos para ayudar a tantos miembros de nuestra comunidad, quienes temían la deportación, para que se convirtieran en ciudadanos de EEUU que contribuyen.”
Miami, Florida – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) invita a los surfloridanos a que se unan a ella, al ex-Congresista Lincoln Díaz-Balart, y varias organizaciones de nuestra comunidad local nicaragüense para celebrar el 18 aniversario de la aprobación de la Ley NACARA, que otorgó estatus legal a miles de nicaragüenses, guatemaltecos, salvadoreños y otros. El evento será este sábado, 23 de enero a las 4pm en la biblioteca West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way en Miami.
En 1997, Lincoln e Ileana trabajaron para ayudar a asegurar que los nicaragüenses y otros que buscaban asilo pudieran ser residentes permanentes legales en los Estados Un