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, Díaz-Balart, Curbelo, Duncan, Sires, Smith Hacen Llamado a Secretario General de la OEA Solicitando El Retiro de las Credenciales Diplomáticas del Embajador de Venezuela a la OEA Ros-Lehtinen, Díaz-Balart, Curbelo, Duncan, Sires, Smith Hacen Llamado a Secretario General de la OEA Solicitando El Retiro de las Credenciales Diplomáticas del Embajador de Venezuela a la OEA
“La OEA es una institución fundada en los principios de promover la democracia y la defensa de los derechos humanos, pero estos principios quedan por ser invocados para ayudar al pueblo de Venezuela”
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, se unió a los Congresistas Jeff Duncan (R-SC) Presidente del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, Albio Sires (D-NJ) Miembro de Alto Rango del Subcomité del Hemisferio Occidental, Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) Subcomité de Operaciones de Estado y Extranjeras y Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) enviándole una carta al Secretario de Estado John Kerry solicitando al Departamento de Estado la revocación de la visa del Embajador de Venezuela a la Organización de Estados Americanos
Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, Curbelo, Sires, Duncan and Smith Call On OAS Secretary General To Withdraw Diplomatic Credentials of Venezuela’s Ambassador to the OAS Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart, Curbelo, Sires, Duncan and Smith Call On OAS Secretary General To Withdraw Diplomatic Credentials of Venezuela’s Ambassador to the OAS
“The OAS is an institution founded on the principles of promoting democracy and defending human rights, but neither principle has yet to be invoked to help the people of Venezuela”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, was joined today by her Congressional colleagues, U.S. Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chairman of the Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights Subcommittee, Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Member of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), in sending a letter to Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, requestin
Democracy Suffers Yet Another Setback with Return of Maduro’s Decree Powers in Venezuela, Says Ros-Lehtinen Democracy Suffers Yet Another Setback with Return of Maduro’s Decree Powers in Venezuela, Says Ros-Lehtinen
“This trick of blaming the U.S. for the Venezuelan regime’s own failures is straight from the playbook of Maduro’s handlers in Havana, but no one should be fooled by this charade and his desperate attempts to cling on to power by any means”
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, made the following statement in expectation of the Venezuelan National Assembly’s decision to grant Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro decree powers. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“By making another power grab through decree, Maduro is attempting to distract away from the reality that it is his own disastrous policies that have caused Venezuela’s economy to spiral out of control. This is all smoke and mirrors from Maduro, arguing he needs these decree powers to counter the sanctions that the Obama administration ju
La Democracia en Venezuela Sufre Otro Revés con el Regreso de Los Poderes de Decreto de Maduro, Dice Ros-Lehtinen La Democracia en Venezuela Sufre Otro Revés con el Regreso de Los Poderes de Decreto de Maduro, Dice Ros-Lehtinen
“El truco de culpar a los Estados Unidos por las fallas del régimen viene directamente del libreto de los capataces de Maduro en La Habana, pero nadie se debe dejar engañar por esta charada y sus intentos desesperados de atornillarse al poder bajo cualquier medio”
(Washington, DC) – La Congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Presidenta del Subcomité del Medio Oriente y África del Norte, hizo la siguiente declaración sobre la proyectada decisión de la Asamblea Nacional Venezolana de otorgar al líder venezolano Nicolás Maduro poderes de decreto. Destacó Ros-Lehtinen:
“Al buscar acaparar los poderes a través del decreto, Maduro intenta distraer de la realidad que son sus propias políticas desastrosas que han causado que la economía venezolana continúe descendiendo fuera de control. Esto es todo un camuflaje por parte de Maduro argumentando que necesit