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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)

District: 27th District
Political Highlights: Fla. House, 1982-86; Fla. Senate, 1986-89; U.S. House of Representatives, 1989-present
Born: July 15, 1952; Havana, Cuba
Residence: Miami
Religion: Episcopalian
Family: Husband, Dexter Lehtinen; two children, two stepchildren
Education: Miami-Dade Community College, A.A. 1972; Florida International U., B.A. 1975; Florida International U., M.S. 1976-86; U. of Miami, Ph.D. 2004
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1989 (13th full term)
Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs (Middle East & North Africa - Chairwoman; Western Hemisphere); Select Intelligence (Defense Intelligence & Overhead Architecture; NSA & Cybersecurity)

Election History
2014generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 00.0
2012generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 138,48860.2
Manny Yevancey (D) 85,02036.9
Thomas Cruz-Wiggins (NPA) 6,6632.9
2010generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 102,36068.9
Rolando Banciella (D) 46,23531.1
2008generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 140,61757.9
Annette Taddeo (D) 102,37242.1
2006generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 79,63162.1
David Patlak (D) 48,49937.9
2004generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 143,64764.7
Sam Sheldon (D) 78,28135.3
2002generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 103,51269.1
Ray Chote (D) 42,85228.6
Orin Opperman (I) 3,4232.3
2000generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 112,968100.0
1998generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 00.0
1996generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 123,624100.0
Richard Grayson () 60.0
1994generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 00.0
1992generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 104,75566.8
Magda Davis (D) 52,14233.2
1990generalIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 56,36460.0
Bernard Anscher (D) 36,97840.0
1989specialIleana Ros-Lehtinen (R) 49,29853.0
Roll Call Vitals


on the House Seniority List

Fellow Florida Rep. Corrine Brown (D) is 49th.


Florida is 2nd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Twitter Followers (@RosLehtinen)


Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has the 81st most Sunday talk show appearances amongst members of Congress.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.