SAVE THE DATE: February 13, 2012
WNF Law to Host Fundraiser for Congresswoman and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba on July 15, 1952. Forced to flee Cuba at age 8, Ileana and her family settled in Miami, Florida and put down roots. Ileana attended Southside Elementary School in Little Havana and graduated from West Miami Junior High and Southwest High School.
Ileana obtained her Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College, Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education from Florida International University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Miami.
Ileana spent the early part of her career as a Florida certified teacher in the Miami-Dade Public School system. In 1981, Ileana founded Eastern Academy, a private elementary school in Hialeah where she served as teacher and principal. Ileana was inspired to run for public office by her students' parents, who like so many in our community, were struggling to afford the American dream of owning a home and save for their children's future education.
In 1982, Ileana began her series of "firsts" by becoming the first Hispanic woman in the Florida House and in 1986, the Florida Senate. Ileana authored the Florida Pre Prepaid College Plan, the largest pre-paid college tuition program in the nation. Since the program's inception, more than 1.4 million families have used this savings tool to send their children to college.
Ileana entered Congress in 1989, after winning an 11 candidate special election to fill the seat held by the late Claude Pepper. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen immediately set to work to improve the lives of her constituents and community.
While in Congress, Ileana has fought to bring fiscal discipline to Washington, keep taxes low, preserve seniors' benefits such as Medicare and Social Security, and invest in a robust education for our students.
In recent years, Ileana has fought to end runaway spending and scale back our bloated deficit. She supports legislation to freeze unnecessary spending and eliminate all duplicative and wasteful government programs. Ileana supports legislation to require a balanced federal budget and has consistently voted against job killing, unnecessary regulations and tax increases.
Ileana believes that true reform should include tax incentives to families and businesses. Small businesses are a main engine of economic growth in South Florida and their ability to grow is vital for the long term stability of our economy. Ileana also supports providing tax savings to small businesses which provide healthcare benefits to their employees.
Ileana has fought to ensure the financial stability to Social Security and Medicare. She is the co-author of legislation to increase criminal penalties for perpetrators of Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud robs our seniors of their hard earned benefits and costs taxpayers billions of dollars.
Education remains one of Ileana's top priorities. She supports legislation to increase the availability of student financial aid, and reduce the paperwork burden for students and parents applying for financial aid for college. Ileana is also a strong supporter of the Head Start program for elementary education, and curriculums which incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—critical learning blocks of a 21st century education.
A champion of the environment, Ileana is a strong supporter of coral reef conservation programs, has worked to bring improved water quality to the Florida Keys, as well as combat beach erosion throughout Miami Beach.
As South Floridians continue to suffer the devastating consequences of hurricanes and other natural disasters, Ileana has worked to improve the National Flood Insurance Program. She supports a permanent extension of this important program to provide necessary flood insurance to South Florida homeowners. Ileana also supports the creation of a National Catastrophe Fund, which would help rein in the skyrocketing cost of homeowners insurance.
Ileana serves as the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. In that role, Ileana is an outspoken advocate for human rights. She has led the Congress on human rights issues pertaining to Tibet and Darfur, even authoring legislation to award his Holiness the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal.
Ileana is one of Congress' leading supporters of the State of Israel. She is also working with her colleagues to provide for a strong national defense and fight against Islamist extremism overseas. In the Western Hemisphere, Ileana supports trade agreements with Colombia and Peru and remains committed to helping the people of Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake of 2010. She is also a champion in the domestic and international fight against HIV/AIDS.
As a Cuban refugee, Ileana's dedication to a free Cuba is at the heart of many legislative battles. Her interactions with former political prisoners of Castro's gulags serve as inspiration to relentlessly speak out in favor of human rights, democracy, and respect for individual liberties.
Ileana is married to Dexter Lehtinen; the couple has 2 adult children. Ileana is also a proud step-mother and grandmother.
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