Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, FL-18
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba on July
15, 1952. Forced to flee Cuba at age 8, Ros-Lehtinen and her family
settled in Miami, Florida and put down roots.
After being elected in 1982 to the Florida House of
Representatives, she was subsequently re-elected and in 1986
successfully ran for the Florida State Senate. In 1989,
Ros-Lehtinen ran for and won the election to represent the 18th
Congressional District. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
immediately set to work to improve the lives of her constituents
In Congress, she has fought to ensure a strong economy, make us
energy independent, preserve the environment, and keep South
Florida vibrant by dredging the Miami River. She serves as the
Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where she
advocates for human rights in such places as Tibet, Darfur, and
other oppressed parts of the world.