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 and Deutch Resolution Condemning Palestinian Authority Incitement Against Israel Passes House of Representatives Ros-Lehtinen and Deutch Resolution Condemning Palestinian Authority Incitement Against Israel Passes House of Representatives
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 regarding today’s passage by the House of Representatives of H. Res. 293, a bipartisan resolution condemning anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement within the Palestinian Authority and urging Palestinian Authority officials to discontinue and discourage incitement in Palestinian civil society. Ros-Lehtinen authored the resolution with her fellow South Florida colleague Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“The House has sent a clear message to Palestinian leadership that its anti-Israel incitement causing so much of the recent tension, violence, and terror will no longer be tolerated. There should be no doubt that the Palestinian Authority sets the tone w
Ros-Lehtinen Statement Regarding Reported Missile Attack on Camp Liberty Ros-Lehtinen Statement Regarding Reported Missile Attack on Camp Liberty
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement today regarding reports of a missile attack on Camp Liberty. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“I am deeply troubled by reports that Camp Liberty residents have come under missile attack tonight and that there may be two dozen or more killed. If true, this brutal and unprovoked attack represents a failure by the Iraqi government to honor its obligations to protect the residents at Liberty and must be condemned. Secretary Kerry and the State Department must call for an immediate and impartial investigation into this act of terror, work to bring the perpetrators to justice, and do more to ensure the security of Camp Liberty.”
Representatives Al Green And Ros-Lehtinen Introduce Resolution Honoring the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Representatives Al Green And Ros-Lehtinen Introduce Resolution Honoring the American Jewish Committee (AJC)
(Washington, DC)—On Thursday, November 5, 2015, Congressman Al Green (TX-9), along with original co-sponsor Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), introduced a resolution honoring and praising the American Jewish Committee (AJC) on its upcoming 109th anniversary.
"It is an honor to associate my name with the American Jewish Committee and to work for greater recognition of this distinguished organization,” Congressman Al Green said. “Throughout its history, the AJC has been a stalwart for human rights and a bulwark against injustice worldwide. In this, their 109th, year, they continue to fight for social justice as well as to combat racial hatred and anti-Semitism in our society. The AJC is truly on the frontlines of the struggle for increased tolerance and understanding. Additionally, the support and input of Ileana was invaluable throughout the process of crafting an