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{{tnr}}'''Ileana Ros-Lehtinen''' (born Ileana Ros y Adato on July 15, 1952) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Ros-Lehtinen was elected by voters from the newly created [[Florida's 27th congressional district]].  
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{{tnr}}'''Ileana Ros-Lehtinen''' (born Ileana Ros y Adato on July 15, 1952 in Havana, Cuba) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Ros-Lehtinen was elected by voters from the newly created [[Florida's 27th congressional district]].  
  
 
Due to redistricting, Ros-Lehtinen ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 27th congressional district elections, 2012|27th District]].<ref>[http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/05/2626207/ros-lehtinen-apparently-redistricted.html ''Miami Herald'' "Ros-Lehtinen could be redistricted out of Florida Keys," Accessed March 10, 2012]</ref><ref name="ap">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/FL_US_House_0814.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP Results'' "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012]</ref><ref>[ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref> Ros-Lehtinen was first elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 1988 to [[Florida's 18th congressional district|District 18]].<ref name="biography"/>
 
Due to redistricting, Ros-Lehtinen ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Florida, 2012|Florida's]] [[Florida's 27th congressional district elections, 2012|27th District]].<ref>[http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/05/2626207/ros-lehtinen-apparently-redistricted.html ''Miami Herald'' "Ros-Lehtinen could be redistricted out of Florida Keys," Accessed March 10, 2012]</ref><ref name="ap">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/FL_US_House_0814.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''AP Results'' "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012]</ref><ref>[ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ''ABC News'' "2012 General Election Results"]</ref> Ros-Lehtinen was first elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 1988 to [[Florida's 18th congressional district|District 18]].<ref name="biography"/>

Revision as of 08:41, 1 July 2013

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Ileana Ros Lehtinen.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 27
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1989-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 25
PartyRepublican
PredecessorN/A
Leadership
Chair, U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
2011-Present
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1988
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$8,852,483
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida State Senate, 34th District
1987-1989
Florida House of Representatives, 110th District
1983-1987
Education
High schoolSouthwest High School
Associate'sMiami-Dade Community College
Bachelor'sFlorida International University
Master'sFlorida International University
Ph.D.University of Miami
Personal
BirthdayJuly 15, 1952
Place of birthHavana, Cuba
ProfessionTeacher
Net worth$857,003
ReligionEpiscopalian[1]
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (born Ileana Ros y Adato on July 15, 1952 in Havana, Cuba) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Ros-Lehtinen was elected by voters from the newly created Florida's 27th congressional district.

Due to redistricting, Ros-Lehtinen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 27th District.[2][3][4] Ros-Lehtinen was first elected to the U.S. House in 1988 to District 18.[5]

She previously served in the Florida State Senate from 34th District from 1987 to 1989 and the Florida House of Representatives in the 110th District from 1983 to 1987.[5]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Ros-Lehtinen is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Republican Party line more than her fellow members.

Biography

Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba.[5] They fled Cuba and settled in Miami, Florida. She attended Southside Elementary School in Little Havana, West Miami Junior High, and Southwest High School. In the years following, she earned an Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1972, Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education from Florida International University in 1975 and 1985 respectively, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Miami in 2004.[5]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Ros-Lehtinen serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Ros-Lehtinen served on the following committee:[7]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

Campaign themes

2012

Ros-Lehtinen's campaign website listed the following issues:[9]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "The number one issue for Americans is jobs: either finding one or keeping one. Our families need the financial opportunities and stability that come from a growing economy. Washington must work to revitalize our stagnant economy while helping to relieve the financial stress faced by many families and small businesses."
  • Government Spending
Excerpt: " Just as families have tightened their belts and adjusted their spending habits, our government must follow suit. It is clear that we must reduce government spending while helping to alleviate the tax burdens on our families. Ending wasteful and duplicative government programs is key to reducing our spending."
  • Education
Excerpt: " As a former educator, I understand the value and positive impact that a quality education has on individuals and their lives. In order for us to help individuals succeed professionally, we must first help them succeed academically. Today, more so than any other time in our history, we see that armed with the tools of a quality education, our children have a better chance of succeeding professionally."
  • Housing Crisis
Excerpt: "Home ownership is one of the most important goals of the American Dream. It is vitally important that we support efforts to ensure the markets’ future stability. During our economic recovery, we must work toward long-term and fiscally responsible housing policies that provide incentives for responsible homeowners."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: " As a nation, we must honor our veterans for the sacrifices they have made for our freedom and security. As the wife of a Vietnam combat veteran and the step-mother of two Marine officers, I know firsthand the importance of ensuring that our troops have the tools and skills they need both while in combat and upon their return home. We must work tirelessly to make sure that upon their return, our brave service men and women are given every opportunity to help them be made whole again – both physically and mentally."

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Ros-Lehtinen voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. She was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]

King Amendment

Nay3.png In June 2013 the House approved an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would end the department's discretion policies by cutting off funding for the proposed DREAM Act, which would have temporarily halted the deportations of young immigrants if they have served in the military or are attending college. This vote overturns an executive order signed by President Obama that formalized a process for the "Dreamers" to remain in the U.S.[11][12][13]

The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve King (R) of Iowa, passed the House by a vote of 224-201 and was approved mostly along party lines. However, three Democrats supported the amendment and six Republicans opposed it, while nine members did not vote.[13]Ros-Lehtinen was one of the six Republican members who voted against the amendment.[12]

The amendment would effectively demand the government force out "Dreamers" who came to the U.S. as children.[13] It contrasts with comprehensive immigration reform efforts, including proposed DREAM Act style legislation, and would resume the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children.[14] The amendment was the first immigration-related vote in either chamber of Congress in 2013, and blocks many of the provisions that are mirrored in the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill.[15][13]

Elections

2012

See also: Florida's 27th congressional district elections, 2012

Due to redistricting, Ros-Lehtinen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 27th District. Ros-Lehtinen sought re-election on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline was June 8, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Ros-Lehtinen ran unopposed in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[3] She was re-elected on November 6, 2012, defeating Democrat Manny Yevancey.[16]

U.S. House, Florida District 27 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngIleana Ros-Lehtinen Incumbent 60.2% 138,488
     Democratic Manny Yevancey 36.9% 85,020
     Independent Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins 2.9% 6,663
Total Votes 230,171
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ros-Lehtinen is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Ros-Lehtinen raised a total of $8,852,483 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[23]

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 27) Won $2,146,246
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 18) Won $1,668,779
2008 U.S. House (Florida, District 18) Won $1,834,650
2006 U.S. House (Florida, District 18) Won $1,190,331
2004 U.S. House (Florida, District 18) Won $876,886
2002 U.S. House (Florida, District 18) Won $709,896
2000 U.S. House (Florida, District 18) Won $425,695
Grand Total Raised $8,852,483

2012

Breakdown of the source of Ros-Lehtinen's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Ros-Lehtinen won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Ros-Lehtinen's campaign committee raised a total of $1,526,893 and spent $1,016,702.[24]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Ros-Lehtinen's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Ros-Lehtinen won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Ros Lehtinen's campaign committee raised a total of $1,668,779 and spent $1,103,463.[25]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Ros-Lehtinen is a "centrist Republican leader," as of June 13, 2013.[26]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Ros-Lehtinen missed 749 of 15,147 roll call votes from May 1989 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 4.9%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[27]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Ros-Lehtinen paid her congressional staff a total of $1,054,138 in 2011. She ranks 25th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and she ranks 111th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[28]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Ros-Lehtinen's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $554,007 and $1,160,000. That averages to $857,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. Her average net worth decreased by 10.50% from 2010.[29]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Ros-Lehtinen's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $604,008 and $1,311,000. That averages to $957,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[30]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Ros-Lehtinen ranked 230th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[31]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Ros-Lehtinen ranked 213th in the conservative rankings.[32]

Voting with party

2013

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted with the Republican Party 91.3 of the time, which ranked 212 among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[33]

Personal

Ileana is married to Dexter Lehtinen. The couple has 2 adult children. Ileana is also a step-mother and grandmother.[34]

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) "Biography" Accessed October 19, 2011
  2. Miami Herald "Ros-Lehtinen could be redistricted out of Florida Keys," Accessed March 10, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  4. [ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ABC News "2012 General Election Results"]
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen "About Me" Accessed October 19, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed October 19, 2011
  8. FOX News Latino, "Romney Endorsed by 3 Key Latino Pols in Florida," November 29, 2011
  9. Campaign website, Issues
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. LA Times, "GOP rejects Dream Act-like deportation deferrals," accessed June 10, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 U.S. House, "Final Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Huffington Post, "Steve King Amendment Passes House To Deport More Dreamers," accessed June 10, 2013
  14. Fox News, "House votes to resume deporting young DREAM Act immigrants," accessed June 10, 2013
  15. Huffington Post, "Steve King's Amendment To The Immigration Bill Worsens The GOP's Latino Problem," accessed June 10, 2013
  16. [ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ABC News "2012 General Election Results"]
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen" Accessed April 4, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 14, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  26. Gov Track "Ros-Lehtinen" Accessed June 13, 2013
  27. GovTrack, "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen," Accessed March 29, 2013
  28. LegiStorm "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen"
  29. OpenSecrets.org, "Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla), 2011"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Ros-Lehtinen, (R-Florida), 2010"
  31. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  34. Vote Ilena.com "Meet Ileana" Accessed October 19, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
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U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 27
2013-present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Claude Pepper
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 18
1989–2013
Succeeded by
Patrick Murphy (D)
Preceded by
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Florida State Senate, District 34
1987-1989
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Florida House of Representatives, District 110
1983-1987
Succeeded by
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