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 ...
Ahead of French National Assembly Vote to Recognize Non-Existent State of Palestine, Ros-Lehtinen Urges Caution, No Vote Ahead of French National Assembly Vote to Recognize Non-Existent State of Palestine, Ros-Lehtinen Urges Caution, No Vote
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement today ahead of the scheduled French National Assembly vote to recognize the non-existent State of Palestine. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen also decried similar recent declarations made by the Spanish, British and Irish parliaments. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Though this vote by the French National Assembly is non-binding, if passed, it would send the wrong, and dangerous, message to the Palestinians and their leaders. France would be following in the misguided path of other nations, like Spain, Ireland and the UK, who have all passed similar unproductive measures recently and who have all failed to realize that the only way to achieve an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement is for both parties to come to a mutually acceptable deal.
Ros-Lehtinen Calls Latest Iran Nuclear Extension an Example of Administration’s Naiveté, Egregious Failure to Secure U.S. National Security Interests Ros-Lehtinen Calls Latest Iran Nuclear Extension an Example of Administration’s Naiveté, Egregious Failure to Secure U.S. National Security Interests
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement today after the announcement that the P5+1 and Iran have agreed to extend the nuclear deadline past the November 24, 2014 deadline. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“The latest nuclear extension by the P5+1 defies logic because it illustrates that Iran is not serious about completely abandoning its nuclear program and only cares about gaining more access to funds to continue all of its nefarious activities. This is just a stalling tactic by the Iranian regime, and the Obama Administration and P5+1 have fallen for it hook, line and sinker.
There is no justification for offering an extension to the regime, in exchange for the status quo from Iran and its promise to continue with the negotiations. T
Ros-Lehtinen Califica Última Extensión de las Negociaciones Nucleares de Irán como un Ejemplo de Ingenuidad de la Administración y un Fracaso Atroz en Asegurar los Intereses de Seguridad Nacional de l Ros-Lehtinen Califica Última Extensión de las Negociaciones Nucleares de Irán como un Ejemplo de Ingenuidad de la Administración y un Fracaso Atroz en Asegurar los Intereses de Seguridad Nacional de los Estados Unidos
(WASHINGTON) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración tras el anuncio de que los P5+1 e Irán habrían acordado extender la fecha del fin de plazo de las negociaciones nucleares, más allá del 24 de Noviembre. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:
“La última extensión por parte del P5 +1 desafía la lógica debido a que ilustra la falta de seriedad con la que Irán toma su abandono del programa nuclear. Su único interés consiste en conseguir acceso a más fondos para continuar sus actividades nefastas. Esta es otra obstrucción por el régimen de Irán pero la administración Obama y el P5+1 han sido engañados por la estrategia iraní.
“No existe justificación para of