First Hispanic Woman to Head Powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee
When Congress convenes for its next session, Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will be heading the powerful and influential House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Ros-Lehtinen fled Cuba with her family when she was 7 and started her political career in the Florida state legislature before being elected to Congress in 1989. She was the first Cuban-American and Hispanic woman to serve in Congress.
She is known for her depth of knowledge on U.S. foreign affairs, her staunch support of the U.S. Cuban embargo and Israel. She represents one of the largest communities of Holocaust survivors in the country.