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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: A Latina With Record of Many Firsts Set to Retire from Congress

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, 64, the current 27th Congressional District congresswoman is set to retire after 35-years in office and after a political career of many firsts.

This week Ros-Lehtinen announced her plans to retire when her term ends in 2018. She started her week with her announcement and finished it by dissing her fellow Republicans and President Donald Trump by voting no to repeal Obamacare.

The Congresswoman is use to rocking the boot since the days her family arrived from Cuba. She was born in Havana in 1952 and grew up in Little Havana an area she now represents. She also represents the Cuban majority areas of Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Key Biscayne, and Miami.

She has made a name for herself as a staunch anti-communist, anti-Castro legislator. With Fidel himself calling her “la loba feroz” aka big bad wolf. Ros-Lehtinen has also opposed Trump on most of his stances from LGBT rights to immigration to healthcare.

Ros-Lehtinen most of all is a woman of many firsts that has mentored the next generation of leaders including Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Here is a small list of her FIRSTS:

  • First Hispanic woman to serve in Florida State House and Senate
  • First Hispanic woman to serve in Congress, elected in 1989
  • First Cuban elected to Congress
  • First congressional Republican to publicly support marriage equality
  • First woman to chair a standing congressional committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

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