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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ed.D Biography

Former Member of the US House of Representatives (R-FL)
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"

“In addition to imposing economic pressure on the Castro regime and holding it accountable for actions against U.S. interests, the embargo is a moral stance against the brutal dictatorship. Over the last 50 years, the embargo has served as a constant form of solidarity with the Cuban people. I am ever hopeful that a Cuban Spring will arrive as long as we maintain and enforce policies which support the freedom-loving will of the Cuban people. The embargo will remain in place until free, fair and transparent elections are scheduled, political prisoners are released, and freedom of expression and the press are established.”

“Fifty Years Later, Cuban Embargo Demonstrates U.S. Solidarity with Cuban People,” House Committee on Foreign Affairs website, Feb. 7, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, US House of Representatives (R-FL), 1989-2019
  • Recipient, Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), 2013
  • Recipient, Latino Information & Technology “Campeones” Beacon Award, 2013
  • Former Co-Chair, National Marine Sanctuary Caucus
  • Former Co-Chair, Congressional Vision Caucus member of the House Committee on Rules
  • Former Chairman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and am now
  • Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Member, Florida Senate, 1986-1989
  • Member, Florida State House of Representatives, 1982-1986
  • Principal and founder, Eastern Academy
  • Florida certified teacher
  • Ed.D, Education, University of Miami, 2004
  • MS, Education, Florida International University, 1985
  • BA, Education, Florida International University, 1975
  • AA, Miami-Dade Community College, 1972
  • Born in Havana, Cuba in July 1952
  • Moved to Miami at age 8
  • First Hispanic woman to serve in the Florida State House of Representatives, Florida Senate, and US House of Representatives
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?