Ileana Ros Lehtinen

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Ileana Ros currently serves the 18th Congressional district of Florida

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, has represented the 18th District of Florida in the United States House of Representatives since 1989. Her district includes Coral Gables and parts of Miami. (map)

Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Ros-Lehtinen voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Aid to Afghanistan

In May 2007, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, along with Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) sponsored the Afghanistan Freedom and Security Support Act (H.R. 2446), which would provide $1.6 billion per year over the following three years to assist development, economic, and security programs in Afghanistan.[2]

Scientology support

Ros-Lehtinen has supported and sponsored several pieces of legislation for the Church of Scientology [1], attended Scientology events [2], received recognition from Scientology publications [3], and collected numerous sizable campaign donations from prominent Scientologists [4].


Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba on July 15, 1952. She was educated at Florida International University and was a member of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate before entering the House.

Upon her election to succeed the late Congressman Claude Pepper, she became the first Hispanic woman elected to the United States House of Representatives. Her campaign manager was Jeb Bush and her candidacy was endorsed by Jorge Mas Canosa, former head of the Cuban-American National Foundation.

Ros is very popular among the populous gay community of Key West, as she has sponsored or supported some LGBT-friendly legislation such as:

  • A hate crimes law.
  • An employment discrimination bill to protect sexual minorities in federal jobs.
  • AIDS prevention funding.
  • A bill to allow openly homosexual military members. [5]

In 2006, Ros sponsored legislation making it a federal crime to accompany a minor across state lines in order to allow her to obtain an abortion while avoiding parental notification. [6]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated David Patlak to face Ros-Lehtinen in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [7] Ros-Lehtinen retained her seat.

Money in politics

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Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
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Committees and Affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Co Chair,Congressional Children's Caucus
  • National Guard and Reserve Component Organization
  • Congressional Boating Caucus
  • Congressional Fire Sevices Caucus
  • Congressional Horse Caucus
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Sunbelt Caucus
  • Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • Speaker's Task Force for a Drug Free America

Boards and other Affiliations

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Ileana Ros Lehtinen. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC Office:
2160 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-0918
Phone: 202-225-3931
Fax: 202-225-5620
Web Email

District Office- Miami:
9210 SW 72nd Street, Suite 100
Miami, FL 33173
Phone: 305-275-1800
Fax: 305-275-1801


Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Embassy of Afghanistan,"Afghanistan Freedom and Security Support Act Will Provide Country with Crucial Resources for Reconstruction and to Fight Terrorism," May 25, 2007.
  3. Members, Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China, accessed July 30, 2008.



Local blogs and discussion sites

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Co Chair of the Congressional Children's Caucus, National Guard and Reserve Component Organization, Congressional Boating Caucus, Congressional Fire Services Caucus, Congressional Horse Caucus, Congressional Human Rights Caucus, Congressional Sunbelt Caucus, Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus, Speaker's Task Force for a Drug Free America
Committees: House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
August 29, 1989
First Took Current Office:
August 28, 1989
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Florida State Senate, Florida House of Representatives
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District Offices:
1. 9210 SW 72nd Street, Suite 100, Miami, FL 33173
Phone: 305-275-1800 / Fax: 305-275-1801

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Date of Birth: July 15, 1952