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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
Cost per vote$8.59 in 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
Bachelor'sFlorida International University
Associate'sMiami-Dade Community College
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 (b. 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]

Ros-Lehtinen is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Ros-Lehtinen's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

Ros-Lehtinen released a statement regarding the situation in Syria on August 30, 2013. In it she told constituents that "we cannot simply allow Assad to continue this unthinkable brutality against his own people," but insisted that congressional approval is a necessary step.[10]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Neutral/Abstain Ros-Lehtinen did not vote on House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Ros-Lehtinen voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

Economy

Immigration

King Amendment

Voted "No" 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.[13][14][15]

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.[15]Ros-Lehtinen was one of the six Republican members who voted against the amendment.[14]

The amendment would effectively demand the government force out "Dreamers" who came to the U.S. as children.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17][15]

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Ros-Lehtinen voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Ros-Lehtinen voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Ros-Lehtinen voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Domestic partnerships

On September 19, 2013, Ros-Lehtinen, along with Mark Pocan (D-WI), Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) sponsored the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (DPBO) of 2013 in the House.[18] The bill was also sponsored in the Senate by Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Susan Collins (R-ME).[18] The proposal would provide benefits for same-sex domestic partners of federal civilian employees on the same basis as spousal benefits. These benefits would include participation in applicable retirement programs, life and health insurance benefits, and family and medical leave.[18]

“It has been a banner year for equality for all Americans but the Federal government still has much work to do. This is why my colleagues and I will present this bipartisan bill to ensure that employees in same sex domestic partnerships have the same rights and protections as heterosexual couples,” said Ros-Lehtinen, original co-founder and member of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. “The Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act (DPBO) would achieve this and I’m honored to be an original co-sponsor of this common sense bill.”[19]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[20]

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. [21]

Campaign themes

2012

Ros-Lehtinen's campaign website listed the following issues:[22]

  • 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."

Elections

2014

See also: Florida's 6th congressional district elections, 2014

Ros-Lehtinen is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[23]

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.[30]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Ros-Lehtinen's reports.[31]

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[32]April 15, 2013$1,790,595.03$154,423.45$(94,252.78)$1,850,765.70
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2013$1,850,765.70$105,766.41$(95,891.55)$1,860,640.56
October Quarterly[34]October 13, 2013$1,860,640.56$73,646.50$(101,946.82)$1,832,340.24
Running totals
$333,836.36$(292,091.15)

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 $2,146,246 and spent $1,189,776.[35] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[36]

Cost per vote

Ros-Lehtinen spent $8.59 per vote received in 2012.

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.[37]

U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 18th Congressional District, 2010 - Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,668,779
Total Spent $1,103,463
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $11,019
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $10,742
Top contributors to Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's campaign committee
NorPAC$22,282
Lewis Tein LP$16,800
Leon Medical Centers$15,254
Rosen Partners$13,200
Beauty Schools of America$11,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Pro-Israel$147,207
Lawyers/Law Firms$112,251
Real Estate$93,668
Health Professionals$82,004
Retired$64,200

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.[38]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[39]

Ros-Lehtinen most often votes with:

Ros-Lehtinen least often votes with:

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.[40]

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 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.[41]

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, 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.[42]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[43]

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.[44]

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.[45]

Voting with party

2013

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen voted with the Republican Party 91.3% of the time, which ranked 212th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[46]

Personal

Ileana is married to Dexter Lehtinen. The couple has 2 adult children. Ileana is also a step-mother and grandmother.[47]

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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. Office of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, "What do you think should be the United States role in Syria?," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Votesmart, "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. LA Times, "GOP rejects Dream Act-like deportation deferrals," accessed June 10, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 U.S. House, "Final Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 Huffington Post, "Steve King Amendment Passes House To Deport More Dreamers," accessed June 10, 2013
  16. Fox News, "House votes to resume deporting young DREAM Act immigrants," accessed June 10, 2013
  17. Huffington Post, "Steve King's Amendment To The Immigration Bill Worsens The GOP's Latino Problem," accessed June 10, 2013
  18. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named domestic
  19. Miami Herald, "Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act introduced in House, Senate; Ros-Lehtinen a sponsor," accessed September 20, 2013
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. FOX News Latino, "Romney Endorsed by 3 Key Latino Pols in Florida," November 29, 2011
  22. Campaign website, Issues
  23. [ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Elections/Florida ABC News "2012 General Election Results"]
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen" Accessed April 4, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 22, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  35. Open Secrets "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 14, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  37. Open Secrets "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 27, 2011
  38. Gov Track "Ros-Lehtinen" Accessed June 13, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen," Accessed August 1, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen," Accessed March 29, 2013
  41. LegiStorm "Ileana Ros-Lehtinen"
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla), 2011"
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Ros-Lehtinen, (R-Florida), 2010"
  44. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  47. Vote Ilena.com "Meet Ileana" Accessed October 19, 2011
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U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 27
2013-present
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Claude Pepper
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida, District 18
1989–2013
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Florida State Senate, District 34
1987-1989
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Florida House of Representatives, District 110
1983-1987
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