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Learn more about Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen!


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The Biography of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was born on July 15, 1952 in Havana, Cuba. She and her family fled the communist regime and settled in Miami, Florida where she attended Southside Elementary in Little Havana.

After moving to Westchester, a suburb of Miami-Dade County, Ileana graduated from West Miami Middle School and Southwest Miami Senior High School. She continued her education at Miami Dade College where she obtained her Associates of Arts degree. A proud Golden Panther, Ileana obtained her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in education at Florida International University. In 2004, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen completed her Doctorate degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

Developing a passion for teaching from an early age, Ileana became a Florida certified teacher and founded Eastern Academy, a private elementary school in Hialeah where she served as a teacher and school principal. Through meetings with hundreds of parents who were struggling to attain the American dream of home ownership and saving for their children’s future education, Ileana became inspired to help those in her community by running for public office.

In 1982, Ileana began her series of “firsts” by becoming the first Hispanic woman in the Florida House of Representatives.

Soon after, in 1986, she became the first Hispanic woman in the Florida Senate. Upon her election to the United States Congress in 1989, she had the honor of being the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress, in addition to being the first Cuban-American in Congress.

While in the Florida Senate, Ileana sponsored the legislation for the Florida Pre-Paid College Tuition Program, which is now the largest pre-paid college tuition program in the nation. Since its inception in 1987, over 1.6 million families have used this vital tool to foster a better future for their children by ensuring a college education.

After winning a special election in 1989 to fill the U.S. Congressional seat held by the late Claude Pepper, Ileana immediately began working to enhance the lives of her constituents and make South Florida a better place. From working to strengthen the South Florida economy to fighting for additional funding for our local Coast Guard, Ileana’s work can easily be seen across our community.

Ileana has constantly strived to make Washington more fiscally responsible, to lower taxes, preserve senior benefits such as Medicare and Social Security, and ensure a top-notch education for our students, one that makes them globally competitive.

With an ever-growing national deficit, Ileana has strived to reign in wasteful government spending and decrease our national debt. By eliminating duplicative and wasteful government programs, Ileana believes we can work together as a nation to find a solution to our financial woes. She believes in a constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget and has consistently voted against legislation that would hinder economic growth though unnecessary regulation and tax increases for small businesses. Ileana is in favor of comprehensive tax reform that will benefit families and small businesses, which she considers to be the backbone of our economy and vital to economic growth. She supports providing tax incentives to small businesses that provide healthcare benefits to their employees.

Ileana has fought to ensure that our nation keeps the promises it has made to our seniors through her defense of Medicare and Social Security. She has co-authored legislation that increases the criminal penalty for those guilty of Medicare fraud- a problem that costs taxpayers billions of dollars annually.

Her passion for our students continues in Congress and the issue remains at the top of her concerns. She supports legislation that increases the availability of student financial aid and reduces the amount of unnecessary paperwork that hinders students in need during the application process. Ileana believes in an education system that is multifaceted and includes a locally driven innovative curriculum that reflects the needs of today’s students and adequately prepares them for a bright future.

Ileana recognizes South Florida’s distinctive and delicate ecosystem and is a champion of environmental reform at home. She has worked with local authorities to combat erosion in Miami Beach, improve water quality in the Florida Keys, and dredge the Miami River.

Ileana understands the problems that are unique to South Florida. Florida residents have battled the devastation of hurricanes and other natural disasters, and Ileana has fought to improve vital programs that help residents recover, such as the National Flood Insurance Program. Ileana also supports the creation of a National Catastrophe Fund, which would help stabilize the skyrocketing cost of homeowners insurance.

Former Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana is now Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. In this post, Ileana continues to tirelessly encourage the expansion of liberty and democracy in the region, while advocating for the protection of basic human rights.

Ileana also serves as a member of the important Committee on Rules, whose main priority is to ensure that legislation of the utmost importance is presented on the House floor.

A founding member of the Congressional Hispanic Conference, Ileana presently serves as Vice-Chair. The Conference’s main objective is to promote legislation that addresses issues affecting the Hispanic community.

Honoring the work of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, Ileana authored legislation that ultimately awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal.

As one of Congress’ leading supporters of the State of Israel, Ileana is committed to fighting Islamic extremism overseas while providing much needed assistance to our key ally in the Middle East. Closer to home, Ileana spearheaded trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, Korea, and Peru which enhanced our local economy and created thousands of jobs in South Florida- the gateway to the Americas.

Having fled the communist regime in Cuba as a child, freedom and democracy for the island is a dream that Ileana persistently works to make a reality. From meeting with activists and former political prisoners of the tyrannical Castro regime, Ileana is a staunch voice that supports human rights, democracy, and respect for individual liberties around the world.

Rooted deep in the community, Ileana continues to work for the interests of South Florida every day. She is married to Dexter Lehtinen; the couple has two adult children. Ileana is also a proud stepmother and grandmother.

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2016 Endorsements

  • Laborers International Union of America (AFL-CIO)
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • Community Newspapers
  • Transport Workers Union
  • United Faculty of Miami-Dade College
  • Maggie’s List
  • National Education Association
  • National Right to Life Committee
  • South Florida Council of Fire Fighters
  • Florida AFL-CIO
  • Susan B. Anthony List
  • United Teachers of Dade
  • Dade County Police Benevolent Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police District 6 FL State Lodge
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • To Protect Our Heritage PAC
  • Log Cabin Republicans
  • United Faculty of Miami-Dade College
  • Libre
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Dade Regional
  • ConservAmerica

2012 Endorsements

  • ConservAmerica
  • Florida AFL-CIO
  • Fraternal Order of Police District 6 Florida State Lodge
  • GOProud
  • Libre
  • Log Cabin Republicans
  • Maggie’s List
  • National Federation of Independent Business
  • National Right To Life Committee
  • Service Employees International Union of Florida
  • South Florida Council of Fire Fighters
  • The Miami Herald
  • The Pinecrest Tribune
  • To Protect Our Heritage PAC
  • United Faculty of Miami-Dade College
  • United Teachers of Dade

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  • In Appreciation for Your Commitment to our Economic Development Efforts-Beacon Council 2012
  • Florida International University Medallion For Outstanding Alumna
  • In Appreciation of Your Time and Commitment Award – South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • National Policy Leadership Award – Lupus Foundation of America
  • Premio Libertad – La Herencia Cultural Cubana
  • Recognition of Exceptional Leadership and Vision Award – Latina Style Inc.
  • The 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award
  • The American Farm Bureau Award- Miami-Dade County Farm Bureau
  • Thomas Jefferson Award – International Foodservice Distribution Association
  • Outstanding Legislator Award- To Protect Our Heritage Pac


  • Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award – International Foundation for Electoral Systems
  • Esa Soy Yo Soy Latina Award – Discovery Familia
  • Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom – Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  • American Optometric Association – Health Care Leadership Award
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • Hebrew Academy – Community Service Award
  • Jewish War Veterans Medal of Merit
  • Cuban-American National Council Award
  • American Security Council Foundation Award
  • South Florida Business Leader – Women Extraordinaire Award


  • 2010 NCLR Capital Award
  • Champion of Public Health Award
  • Congressional Management Foundation 111th Congress Silver Mouse Award
  • David Berry – Write Your Congressman’s Constituent Award
  • Equality Florida “Voices for Equality” Award
  • Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award from the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Women’s Democracy Network (WDN)
  • Log Cabin Republican’s Spirit of Lincoln Award
  • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Leadership Award
  • NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award
  • SaveDade Champion of Equality award
  • The World Trade Center Miami – International Women’s Day Award
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • Union Positiva, Inc, Champion in the battle against HIV/AIDS in the Latino Community of South Florida
  • UNOS Donate Life – Transplant Leadership Award


  • American Children’s Orchestra for Peace Award
  • Boy Scouts of America Hispanic Heritage Award
  • Century Council Leadership in Combating Underage Drinking Award
  • Florida Monthly Magazine, Best Legislator Award
  • Hispanic Police Officers Association Award
  • InterAmerican Foundation’s Dante Fascell Award
  • Korean American Voters Council Certificate of Appreciation
  • Miami-Dade County Farm Bureau Award
  • Pillar Award for Civic Engagement


  • American Optometric Association Health Care Leadership Award
  • Booker T. Washington Senior High School Plaque
  • Congressional Crime Fighter Award from the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
  • Cuban American National Council Award
  • Dominican American National Roundtable Award
  • Florida Congressperson of the Year Award from the Air Force Association
  • Florida International University Phi Theta Kappa Most Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Florida International University Thank You Recognition
  • Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the Homeless Award
  • Food Distribution International Thomas Jefferson Award
  • Green Living & Energy Education Green Award
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Certificate of Recognition
  • Humane Society Legislative Leader
  • Inducted as an honorary Member of Sigma Iota Roe
  • Inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame
  • League of United Latin American Citizens Award
  • Lincoln-Marti Schools Recognition
  • Miami-Dade County Award of Special Recognition
  • Minority Equality Forum Severo Ochoa Award for Commitment to Fighting Minority HIV
  • Mote Marine Laboratory the Honorable Andy Ireland Costal Stewardship Award
  • National Breast Cancer Certificate
  • National Hispanic Bar Association Capital Award
  • National Write your Congressman Constituent Service Award
  • NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award
  • Phi Theta Kappa International Society Distinguished Alumni Award
  • President Achievement Award- Hispanic US Chamber of Commerce
  • Royal Palm Elementary Thank You Recognition
  • Teach for America Recognition
  • The Board of Directors of Helen B. Bentley Family Health Center Inc. Appreciation Award
  • University of Miami FEC Yuca Award


  • Amnesty International Human Rights Advocacy Honor
  • Associated Builders and Contractors of the Merit Shop Champion Recognition
  • Certificate of Excellence from the National Breast Cancer
  • Children Champion Award
  • Community Smiles Community Leadership Award
  • Endowment for Middle East Truth Speaker of the Truth Award
  • Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Appreciation
  • Florida International University Recognition
  • Hope for Vision Recognition
  • Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners the Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Day Recognition
  • Miami-Dade Holocaust Survivors Service Award
  • Monroe County Board of Commissioners Recognition
  • Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio Proclamation Recognition
  • National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems Safety Net Award
  • National Latina Symposium Latina Style Award
  • New Generation Leadership and Workforce Institute Unidad Community Leadership Award
  • NTM Information and Research Bipartisan Leadership Award in NTM Healthcare
  • Policy Pioneer Award from the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the National Women’s History Museum
  • Presentation of a READ poster at Shenandoah Public Library
  • Ripon Society Rough Rider Award
  • South Florida Mental Health Association Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Spirit of Lincoln Award from the Log Cabin Republicans
  • The AIDS Institute/ National HIV/AIDS Cure and Treatment Award
  • The Child Assault Prevention Inc Project of South Florida Humanitarian Award
  • The Child Assault Prevention Project of South Florida Humanitarian Performance Award


  • Albanian American Civic League Balkan Peace Award
  • American Optometric Association Health Care Leadership Award
  • Barry University Education Leadership Award
  • Bienestar and Aids Foundation of HIV/AIDS Work for Latino Community Recognition
  • Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award
  • Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief Partnership Award
  • Distinguished Community Health Superhero Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Eating Disorders Coalition Award for Policy Leadership
  • Florida International University Leadership and Support Award
  • Florida International University Leadership and Support of Biology and Nanotech Research Recognition
  • Grand Lodge of District of Colombia Masonic Medal of Freedom
  • Health Choice Network Jessie Thrice Heroes Award
  • Hindu American Foundation Human Rights Leadership Award
  • Hope for Vision The Best of the Best Award
  • International Foodservice Distributors Association Thomas Jefferson Award
  • National Hispana Institute Leadership Award
  • National Marine Sanctuary Stewardship Award
  • Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Randy Shifts Visibility Award
  • Smithsonian Latino Center Advancing Latino Culture Recognition
  • South Florida Mental Health Association Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Freemasons Freedom Medal
  • The Seniors Coalition and Age Related Macular Degeneration Alliance Brighter Vision Award
  • U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services Outstanding American by Choice Award
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Recognition


  • Albanian American Civic League Balkan Peace Award
  • American Hellenic Institute Hellenic Heritage National Public Service Award
  • Borinquen Healthcare Center recognition for commitment and leadership to uninsured communities
  • Coconut Grove Playhouse Making a Difference Award
  • Community Blood Centers of South Florida Award for Dedication and Support of Blood Drives
  • Eating Disorders Coalition Award for Policy Leadership
  • Florida International University Martin Luther King Service Award
  • Florida International University Multicultural Programs and Services Recognition
  • Hope for Vision Friend of Research Award
  • Jackson Health System Doctor for a Day
  • Joe Martinez and Carlos Alvarez Award for Special Recognition
  • Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency Recognition
  • Local Support Initiatives Corporation Leadership Award
  • Miami Dade College Commencement Address
  • Miami River Day Award
  • Miami-Dade Lions Club Certificate of Appreciation for Support to the Crusade Against Darkness and Silence
  • National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc Distinguished Community Health Superhero Award
  • National Breast Cancer Coalition Certificate of Excellence
  • National Hispana Institute Leadership Award
  • National Marine Sanctuary Stewardship Award
  • National Mental Health Association Legislator of the Year Award
  • Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce Acknowledgement Award
  • Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce Special Recognition
  • Reserve Officer Association Miami-Dade Chapter Minuteman Award
  • Small Business Administration Appreciation Recognition
  • The American Jewish Committee Congressional Leadership Award
  • The Century Council Recognition for Dedication to Fighting Alcohol Abuse
  • The Seniros Coalition Brighter Vision Award
  • University of Miami School of Medicine & Jackson Health System and Public Health Trust Commitment Toward Patient Safety Award
  • Women’s Health Advocate Award, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Youth Co-op, Inc. Inspiration and Dedicated Service through Support of Education Leading to the Employment and Self-Sufficiency of Members of South Florida Recognition


  • Americans for Tax Reform Hero of the Taxpayer Award
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Champion of the Merit Shop Award
  • Central America – US Chamber of Commerce Certificate of Appreciation
  • Century Council recognition for commitment to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking
  • DMR Appreciation
  • Jordanian House of Representatives Honorary Plaque of Amman’s Gate
  • Miami Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Certificate of Appreciation
  • Miami River Day Appreciation
  • National Jobs Corp recognition
  • NOVA Southeastern University Doctor of Public Service
  • Peruvian American Coalition Support of Peruvian Community Recognition
  • Small Business Advocate Small Business Survival Committee Award
  • State Coordinators of Refugee Resettlement Recognition of Service and Dedication to New Americans
  • The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association Pericles Award
  • The Foundation Fighting Blindness Good Will Ambassador Award
  • The Foundation for Fighting Blindness The Centurion Award
  • The Latin Auxiliary of Douglas Gardens Spotlight on Achievers Award
  • University of Miami Academic Merit Award
  • University of Miami Doctor of Education


  • 75th Anniversary National Business Women’s Week Recognition
  • Anti-Defamation League Distinguished Public Service Award
  • Christian Israel Public Action Campaign Defender of Israel Award
  • Community Service Award, Premios Tesoro (Treasure Award), President of Glamour en Espanol
  • Dedicated Support of Israel’s Continued Effort to Build and Sustain a Strong Economy and to Achieve a Secure and Lasting Peace Recognition
  • Florida Farm Bureau Friend of Florida Farm Bureau
  • Florida International University Alumni Association Torch Award
  • Global Mission to Rescue Persecuted Falun Gong Practioners Conscience and Courage Award
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Leadership of Congressional Refugee Caucus
  • Latin American Friends Huellas Award
  • Latin Business Club of America Latino of the Year Award of Excellence
  • Miami-Dade Community College Hall of Fame 2003 Award
  • National Recreation and Park Association National Congressional Award
  • The Foundation Fighting Blindness Founder of the Congressional Vision Caucus
  • Theodore R. Gibson Memorial Fund, Inc. Honor Award
  • United Way Miami Dade Recognition of Good Works in the Community


  • Americans for Tax Reform Hero of the Taxpayer Award
  • Ana G. Mendez Excellence in Education Award from the Ana G. Mendez University System
  • Benjamin Leon JL Leon Medical Award
  • Combined Federal Campaign Recognition of Staff
  • Miami River Commission Friend of Miami River Award
  • NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award
  • The Blind Sailing Team of Shake-a-Leg Support of Educational Programs for Disabled and Disadvantaged
  • The Foundation Fighting Blindness and Heart Sight Goodwill Ambassador Award


  • Florida Coalition for Hispanic Aging Outstanding Service Award
  • Florida Detroit Diesel-Allison Support of Miami River Cleanup Project
  • Miami Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Award
  • Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio Comision Nacional de Mujeres Municipalistas Recognition
  • Municipios de Cuba en el Exilio Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Day Recognition
  • Municipios de Cuba en el exilio Proclamation
  • National Alliance for Autism Research Recognition in Support of Autism Research
  • National Association of Manufacturers Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence
  • Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and the Jerusalem of Aish Hatorah The Friend of Zion Award
  • Squadron Flag 93rd Expeditionary Fighter Recognition
  • The Century Council Award In Recognition to Fight Drunk Driving


  • Americans for Tax Reform Recognition
  • Citizens Flag Alliance Thank You Recognition
  • Citizens for a Sound Economy Jefferson Award
  • City of Miami Beach Certificate of Appreciation
  • Combined Federal Campaign Recognition of Staff
  • Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Outstanding Support
  • Friend of the Farm Bureau Award
  • Hero of the Taxpayer Award
  • League of United Latin American Citizens National Legislation Award
  • Miami Design Presidential League Award
  • NAAR Appreciation
  • National Hispana Leadership Institute Recognition
  • United Parcel Service Appreciation
  • XXVI Jose Marti School Parade Certificate of Participation
  • Youth Crime Watch of America Elected Official of the Year


  • A Resolution of Thanks Organ and Tissue Donation Appreciation
  • BAUNIC “Bloque de Apoyo a la Unidad Nicaraguense”
  • Charles R. Hadley Elementary Recognition for the Continuous Support Towards Education
  • Christian Coalition For Dedication to South Florida “Sancitity of Human Life” Award
  • City of Coral Gables Proclamation
  • City of Homestead Proclamation
  • City of Miami Beach Proclamation
  • City of South Miami Proclamation
  • City of West Miami Proclamation
  • Community Blood Centers of South Florida, Inc. Certificate of Appreciation
  • De Ex Presos Politicos (AICEP) Certificate of Appreciation
  • Exilio Cubano Lincoln-Marti Merit Medal Award
  • Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Appreciation for Outstanding Leadership in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
  • Haitian American Grassroots Coalition Honoring Our Champions Award
  • National Breast Cancer Coalition Breast Cancer Award
  • NOVA Southeastern University Honorary Degree Citation Recognition
  • Senior Companion Program 25th Anniversary Award
  • Southwest High School Alumni Association Southwest Miami High School Hall of Fame
  • Southwest Miami High Alumni Association Hall of Fame Induction Award
  • Unidad Hondurena (Honduran Unity) Hard Work Obtaining Legal Status for the Honduran Community Recognition
  • Village of Key Biscayne Proclamation


  • Hispanic Unity of Florida Gracias Award
  • John Lummins Legislative Award
  • Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Recognition of Leadership Award
  • Miami Senior Adult and Community Appreciation
  • National Marrow Donor Program Support of Marrow Donor Program
  • Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to our Children, their Education, and Collective Future, Dade County School Board
  • People of Cyprus Pancyprian Association of Fl. Kyrenia II Award
  • Red Cross Hispanic Donor Award
  • The City of Opa-Locka “Commitment to Humankind” Award
  • Unidad Hondurena (Indio Limpisia) Appreciation
  • United Cuban Organizations Recognition Award


  • ASPIRA Public Policy Leadership Program Development of Effective and Responsible Hispanic Leadership
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Champion of the Merit Shop
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Leadership Award
  • Coordinadora Nicaraguense por el Exilo Capitulo San Francisco California Labor Appreciation
  • Cuban American Veterans Association Award
  • Dade County School Board Demetrio Perez Leadership Recognition
  • Florida Foreign Trade Association Contribution and Support of Miami’s Role in International Trade
  • Jefferson Award from Citizens for a Sound Economy
  • Kendall Lakes Elementary School Award
  • Local Herald Newspaper Eight years on the Job Recognition
  • Los Leones Cubanos (El Exilo US and Cuba) Recognition
  • Metropolitan Dade County Park and Recreation Dept. Natural Area Management Award
  • Miami Spanish Yellow Pages Admiracion Appreciation
  • Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce Congresswoman of the Year Award
  • Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Leadership and Accomplishment Award
  • The Dade County Association of Occupation/Placement Specialist & the Alliance for Career Education Award
  • The Great Lodge of Cuba Recognition for Extraordinary Work in Congress
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Leadership on the Taxpayer Relief Act of
  • Unidad Revolucionaria Orden Mambisa de Mento


  • Association of Real Estate Latina Woman of the Year Award
  • Circuit Court Employees Certificate
  • Community Action Elderly Award
  • Financial Women International 1996 Award Winner
  • Financial Women International 1996 Award Winner
  • Florida International University Alumni Association Award
  • Florida International University Speak Off Keynote Speaker
  • Metropolitan Dade County Park and Recreation Dept. Natural Area Management Award
  • Miami Medical Team Foundation Humanitarian Award
  • Miami Medical Team Foundation Humanitarian Performance Award
  • National Council of La Raza Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Hispanic Community
  • People Helping People Elderly Award


  • Awareness Achievement Award from the Board of Sponsors of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Coordinadora Internacional de Ex-Prisioneros Politicos Cubanos Orden “Noelia Ramirez”
  • Cuban Kindergarten Association Accomplishments Obtained as a Woman, Teacher, and Congresswoman Recognition
  • Cumbre Patriotica Cubana Award
  • Hispanic American Builders Association Award
  • Hispanic Association of Correctional Officers Certificate of Appreciation
  • Miami Police Hispanic Heritage Committee Hispanic Pioneer in Politics and Positive Role Model
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Award of Honor
  • The Community Coalition for Women’s History Woman of Impact Award
  • U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Government Hispanic Business Advocate of the Yea
  • Willy Chirino Fund Acknowledgement Award


  • American Red Cross Blood Shortage Certificate of Recognition
  • Brigada de Asalto 2506 17 de Abril Orden al Merito Giron
  • City of Miami Police Department Appreciation Award
  • International Fine Arts College Doctor of Fine Arts
  • Melrose Town Homes Key
  • Miami-Dade Police Department Outstanding Service in Support of Women Empowerment
  • Nova University Community Service Award


  • Amor Fraternal No 5 Appreciation
  • Comite Pro Democratizacion de Nicaragua Appreciation
  • CONIPOE Help of the Poor Exile of Nicaraguans in Miami Recognition
  • Hispanic Heritage and Leadership Committee Eagle Award
  • Hispanic Magazine Recognition
  • La Associacion de Ex Prisioneros Politicos Nicaraguenses “Por su Ayuda A Las Victimas” Recoginition
  • National Women of the League of United Latin American Citizens National Woman Achievement Award
  • Republica de Nicaragua Communidad Appreciation
  • Republica de Nicaragua Labor Appreciation


  • American Heart Association Woman of the Year
  • Florida International University Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation Community Leadership Award
  • Habad of the Grove Recognition for Her Untiring Work In Congress
  • KAM Induction Ceremony Certificate of Recognition
  • National Security Leadership Award
  • South Shore Hospital Claude Pepper Community Service Award
  • Women’s Committee of One Hundred Trail Blazer Award
  • Women’s Committee of 100 Trail Blazer Award


  • City of Miami – U.S. General Services Administration Ceremony
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus Member in Good Standing
  • Hispanic American Support Group Persian Gulf Certificate of Appreciation
  • Jewish War Veterans of U.S.A. Certificate of Appreciation
  • Key Biscayne Commission Honorary Plankowner
  • La Associacion de Manzanilleros en el Exilio Award
  • Monsignor Edward Pace High School Award
  • Republian National Hispanic Assembly RNHA Distinguished Award


  • American Cancer Society Ladies Auxiliary Spring Fantasy Luncheon Recognition
  • Appreciation for efforts on behalf of tourism in the US from American Tours International
  • Eagle of Freedom Award from the American Security Council Foundation
  • El Ex Preso Meritos
  • Hispanic Elected Official of the Year Award
  • L.B.A. Political Figure of the Year
  • National Community Den Week Recognition
  • Puerto Rican Congress of N.J. Hispanic Women’s Resources Center of Catholic Community Service Award
  • South Florida NAPS Recognition
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Support on behalf of Veterans Recognition


  • Association of Veterans of Bay of Pigs Recognition
  • Campaign Volunteers Recognition
  • Comite de Nicaraguences Pobres en el Exilio Recognition
  • El Ex Preso Recognition
  • Ex Presas Politicas Recognition
  • Gold Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Recognition
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Certificate of Partnership
  • La Prensa Centro Americana Recognition
  • LBPW Woman of the Year Award
  • Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce Inc Recognition
  • Southside Elementary School Recognition of Excellence
  • Transportistas Unidos Recognition

Your Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen