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  • “Querida Ileana we need you !!!! Thank you for all your unconditional work and support you have given all of us for years making a huge positive impact in our government and in our lives .” – Tessi García

  • “There are three things to be a great legislator and Ileana has all three. Ileana is intelligent, works with integrity, and has a genuine sensitivity to the people.” –  Larry Adams, Retired FPL Executive Vice President

  • “When I decided to do a congressional internship, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was the first one that came to mind. With her amazing congressional career and years of service, I knew that I would gain a tremendous amount of insight and experience, especially as a hopeful future politician. I hope to work for Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen for many more years to come. Re-Elect Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Miami needs her!” - Alex Mendez, Miami/Student and Intern

  • “Its amazing how much attention Ily gives to the Keys, shows how much she cares about her constituents and of course the Keys!! Thanks.” – Daniel Samess, CEO Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce

  • “Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has a down to earth approach towards her Constituents, and is clear-cut in the way she presents herself. With my experience as an intern at her district office, she is committed to serving the South Floridian community, and the Nation as a whole as ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. I am pleased that she is my Congresswoman and that I can work with her to serve those Individuals who come to us in need.” – Anthony Travieso, Miami/Student and Intern

  • “All Americans, and we Floridians in particular, are blessed to have a person of such wisdom, energy, and integrity to represent us. You were an inspiration to my son Jordan when he was privileged to be your intern. I am most grateful to you for leading the way with legislation to derail Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon. Keep fighting the good fight!” – Evelyn Schreiber-Steckler, Safety Harbor, FL/Parent of a former intern

  • ”I will always support Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen because she has remained consistent throughout the years in what she believes in. She is approachable and real, and gives hands-on assistance to accomplish a need and be responsive to the taxpayers. I remember Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen when I worked for the One-Nation Citizenship drive, she actually would stop by to greet us. Keep watching out for us, God Bless.” – Marie D. Valenti, South Miami

  • “Aside from the excellent record and the steady and reliable efforts to help every member of our community, this took place recently and I would like to share this story with everybody. Not long ago my Mom, a friend and myself, were relaxing at Larios of South Miami. Ileana walked in and right away we started waving and trying to say hello. She walked to our table, with the most wonderful smile, all the time in the world, chatted with us and listened to what we had to say. My Mom is 92 years of age and Ileana has always been her most trusted political leader. On every issue throughout the years I still hear Mom say “what is Ileana saying about this”, “what does she say we have to do”. This meant a lot to Mom and myself. She probably does not know it but Mom got a great gift from Ileana when she graciously gave us that wonderful smile and her time. Rare political commodities these days: a smile and time to listen. You go Ileana. You rock!!!!!!!” - Juana Maria Garcia, Miami

  • “I disagree with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen on foreign policy, but her positions on social issues and her support of education in Miami-Dade are right on the money. The level of honesty and integrity she demonstrates is beyond reproach. Re-elect Ily in 2008!!!!!!” - Leonard Elbaum, Miami/Professor, FIU

  • “I am supporting Ileana, due to her sponsoring the National Hurricane Research Initiative, but I would also like to ask Ileana why the Fl. Keys requirements are so different than New Orleans, LA. When it comes to Femma. Please help us!” – James Fitzgerald, Tavernier/Deputy sheriff

  • “You have been so supportive to the people of Miami Dade community, I just wish there would be more honest and good leader like you. Leo” – Leo, Princeton Fl./Law enforcement

  • ”Ileana is one of the best person I have ever known and I know that she will continue to support the Cuban people for their quest for a “Free Cuba”, for Dr. Oscar Biscet and the other dissidents who still suffer under the Castro dictatorship.” – Alberto Ramos, Miami/Preso Politico de Cuba, Causa 1959 #2575

  • “Ileana Ros-Lehtinen represents the issues that are important to me. Issues regarding my job, social issues and issues important to the national and international security of our country.” – Adela Sygman, Palmetto Bay/teacher

  • “I, Olga Lidia Perez, and my husband supported our Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for Congress in the elections November 4, 2008. Your tasks are very important for all hispanic community, her help to all persons low income, health care, the freedom of Cuba against the dictators Raul Castro and Fidel Castro. I want know to help you in the campaign her following in the Congress. With appreciate salutes, Olga Lidia Perez, olgalidia45@yahoo.com” – Olga Lidia Perez, Miami

  • “On his favorite Republican: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the ranking member on Foreign Affairs. She’s just amazing.” – Sean Conner, Oakland, California

  • “Many thanks to Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and her entire staff for all their great support they have given our daughter as a Congressional Intern. You are people of the highest caliber and we are so proud to have you representing Florida and the USA! I would be happy to place signs down Ponce Road from Kendall to the UM! God bless you Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen in every way.” – Debbie Hasty, Miami

  • “I am proud to support a strong woman leader to serve our county. Many politicians from the mainland would forget Monroe and our small voting block, but Ily has been our champion and is our strong voice in Tally. Thanks for all you do for us here in the Keys and for understanding the needs of this unique community.” – Sunny Booker, Marathon/Safe and Healthy School/Monroe County Schools

  • “In addition to giving me the opportunity to work in her office and experience Capitol Hill, Ileana was one of the nicest, most down to earth people I have ever met. She works hard not only for the people she represents, but for our nation as a whole. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity Ileana! I will never forget my time in DC!” – Will McGauran, Northfield, Illinois/Former Intern

  • “I was born and raised here in Miami, and have lived in Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s district for many years. I am proud of her incredible commitment to our community, and know many colleagues, neighbors, family and friends that have been personally impacted by her great work. She is truly our best voice in Washington.” – Mitch Ackles, Coral Gables

  • “I’m Dave Rice and I’m supporting Ileana. The reason I support Ileana is because Ileana cares. Ileana’s accessible, when we need her – she’s there. I’ve never seen anyone with more energy, more commitment or more love for the area she represents. I’ll be supporting her from now on.” – David Rice, Constituent

  • “Hi, I’m Cindy, I support Ileana because she cares about the Keys. She’s the only person that has come down here when we’ve asked her to, with issues we have at hand. I’m a member Whiskers and Paws and I’m starting an animal sanctuary and she’s the first person that actually stopped to talk to me about the issues I have with homeless animals.” – Cindy Wolk, Constituent

  • “Hi, I’m Colleen Repetto and I live in Marathon and my husband and I support Ileana wholeheartedly. She has done so much for us in the Keys and she listens, she knows her stuff and she represents us well in Washington. So we are totally behind making sure Ileana gets re-elected.” – Colleen Repetto, Constituent

  • “Hi, I’m Charlotte Quinn and I support Ileana because she comes to the Keys and she believes in children and she believes in education. Any time there’s been an issue and we have written to her, she has responded immediately. That’s why I’m voting for Ileana!” – Charlotte Quinn, Constituent

  • “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for spending time with us during our recent visit to Washington. I realize how busy your schedule is this time of year and it meant a great deal to us to spend some time with you!” – Gail Cordial, Constituent

  • “Congresswoman, I want you to know how sincerely thankful we are for your support of my son. Thanks in large part to you, my son is not only gaining an invaluable education but he is being prepared to serve the greatest country on earth.” – Suzanne del Mazo, Constituent

  • “So many people tell you what they can do for you; rarely do these promises come true. You, on the other hand, don’t promise – you just perform! Maybe its those magical shoes that send the clack-clack-clack through the marbled halls of congress. Thanks for all your efforts and most of all, your friendship.” – Duffie, Constituent

  • “Once I become a citizen, rest assured that you have gained loyal support.” – Nicol Rae, Constituent

  • “Thank you so much for all your help. I finally became a US citizen. God bless you all.” – Ofelia Tizon, Constituent

  • “I extend to your family and wonderful staff my best wishes!” – Charbel Kenaan, Constituent

  • “The courteous attention and help we received from you and Maytee Sanz as well as your swift assistance in helping us obtain the visa so quickly and in such short notice was instrumental.” – Carol Wright, Constituent

  • “Let me reiterate my most expressive thanks for all your cooperation and help in the case.” – Maria C. Gonzalez, Constituent

  • “We would also like to thank Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for choosing such a wonderful assistant and staff. Be assured you have four votes with us.” – Edgardo Gallardo, Constituent

  • “Your support is critical in order to remedy this health care crisis.” – Phillis Oeters-Pena, Constituent

  • “I am proud to say that through your diligent efforts and that of your professional and highly efficient staff, my roof is well on its way to being replaced. I have no reason to fear any longer for the safety of my family and myself, not to mention the structural integrity of our home.” – Maria Labrada, Constituent

  • “Again I just ant to thank both your office and Ms. Hernandez for all the time and attention that was devoted to my acquiring US citizenship. Thank you so very much – the world can use a lot more caring people like yourselves…Thank You!!!!!” – Maria Viera, Constituent

  • “We know that without your help our children would not be here with us yet. God Bless you and your family.” – Julio Tenorio, Constituent

  • “I’m at a loss for meaningful words to convey my feelings for you, but know that the love, respect, admiration, and gratitude we feel for you is expressed daily to all the wonderful people involved with the foundation – You are truly our champion and I know in my heart that your efforts on our behalf will be rewarded soon with cures that will give millions of people the give of sight – we are truly close to the end of the search – we will celebrate!” – Lidsky, Constituent

  • “On behalf of my mother and I, I’m pleased to tell you my gratitude will show at the voting place, as ever.” – Jorge Abdo, Constituent

  • “You’re Special!” – Valentine Romero, Constituent

  • “Thank you for your attention, your concern….I will always be grateful. May God bless you.” – Anonymous, Constituent

  • “Again I wish to thank you for attending my case that was dragging for 3 years and that results have been obtained in 6 months thanks to you and your staff.” – Joseffe Woodworth, Constituent

  • ”Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is a leader in my life. Her dedication to her constituents and all the residents of South Florida is an example for me to live by in any future career. She has never stepped down against fighting for justice and human rights, particularly when confronted by Cuba, China, Iran and North Korea. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen provides me with a strong role model to emulate in a future career in politics. As of today, she has helped me learn to handle difficult situations with grace, menacing opponents with class, and to accept praise and condemnation with humility.” – Rafael Yaniz, Constituent

  • “Your hospitality and kindness was extraordinary and I am grateful to you for giving me this opportunity. This was a deeply meaningful experience for me, and I was happy that I could share this with my son Moshe. I know his visit will leave a lasting impression upon him as well.” – Rabbi Frederick L. Klein, Constituent

  • “All of us are sincerely grateful for all the support you have offered. You have been there for us since the beginning and had it not been for your suggestion about lobbying Congress, none of use would haven even had the courage to step on the plane that Monday afternoon. On a more personal note, I would also like to applaud your efforts in extending TPS to Peruvian nationals. I’m from Peru myself; my entire family in Lima, in fact, and their lives have been drastically affected by the earthquakes. You certainly have my support, and just as you said to me on our first day in the Capitol, you are doing the Lord’s work as well.” – Maurice Perez-Rosas, Constituent

  • “Please allow me to express my warmest appreciation for your generosity to have me as an intern for the summer of 2007. I am extremely grateful for this invaluable opportunity and it was an honor to serve you in the past three months.” – Se Hwan Youn, Former Intern

  • “To my surprise you placed your purse in the floor as you looked for a paper to write down my concerns regarding my 79 year old Uncle in his quest to become an American citizen. Consequently, you listened carefully and responded that someone from your office will call me the next business day. Sincerely, I was in doubt that someone would call me, however, your word was ‘Gold’. It is a privilege to live in a community you represent as a Congresswoman. I wish you continued success, health, peace and everlasting strength and wisdom to keep serving our community.” – Conrad Yero, Constituent

  • “This letter comes with a gratitude that is difficult to put into words. Thanks to you and your staff I was able to travel to Japan to see my son who is a Marine stationed in Iwakuni.” – Katherine Johnson, Constituent

  • “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you, on behalf of our organization’s 18,506 supporters in your district and 10 million supporters nationwide, for your leadership on the Canadian Seal Hunt resolution. As the Ranking Member, your co-sponsorship and vocal support were so deeply appreciated.” – Wayne Pacelle, Constituent

  • “Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity and honor of serving as an intern in your Capitol Hill office this summer. It was the experience of a lifetime, and I learned more than I thought possible about the workings of Congress.” – Savannah English, Former Intern

  • “It was more than thoughtful for you to send the letter to Commissioner Bronson on my behalf. I do appreciate it, but more than that you are our Member of Congress.” – Colleen H. Boggs, Constituent

  • “Most respectfully, only two words to express to you my appreciation, my happened and satisfaction for the copy of the letter you so kindly sent to the District Directors of USCIS. Your prompt response to my request for help in the matter of my delayed application for Citizenship has touched my heart and my conscience in the knowledge that you, and the other Cuban-American members of the Congress, are solid pillars in sustaining the sacred cause of our heroic Cuban people. Thank you so much again from the deep of my heart, as a conservative constituent of your Congressional district.” – Raul Palazuelos, Constituent

  • “I extend my warmest thanks to you for allowing me to have the best summer experience that I have ever had. Your office is amazing and your staff members made my experience even more enjoyable. You are a truly amazing person and I look up to you with all my respect. Thank you so much again for the internship this summer and everything you did. I will never forget it.” – Bethany Thomas, Former Intern

  • “I am writing to thank you for your assistance in acquiring my passport this June. By that time, it had already been 13 weeks since I applied for it, and I was concerned that I would miss my trip to Honduras. With your help, I received my passport two days before my departure date.” – David A. Anderson III, Constituent

  • “My family and I wish to thank you for your assistance in obtaining an appointment at the Miami Passport Office on July 10, 2007. We arrived at the Passport Office at 7:30a.m., but without your Congressional Appointment, we would not have obtained an appointment for that day and would not have received the passports in time for our flight. Our meetings with the senior Lufthansa German Airlines executives were successful and I thank you on behalf of HEICO Corporation, as well.” – Eric A. Mendelson, Constituent

  • “On behalf of RESULTS supporters in your district and throughout the state, please accept our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your leadership in support of the Stop TB Now Act and the Global Poverty Act at yesterday’s mark-up by the house Foreign Affairs Committee.” – Gail E. Neumann, Constituent

  • “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your wonderful staff for helping my family by assisting us in receiving the passports for our children in time for our departure to Germany.” – Frank Bornemann, Constituent

  • “Thanks for helping me get the passport. Again, thanks a million.” – Lt. Col James Dorris, Constituent

  • “Thanks for helping. This trip meant a lot to my dad and the rest of us.” – Barbara Dorris Houston, Constituent

  • “We just returned from Israel and a young woman almost could not go because she had no passport had a great time. Please extend my gratitude to the Congresswoman. The office really came through for us.” – Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, Constituent

  • “Our daughter Biana was able to travel to Peru on July 17/07, thanks to you and your staff, we sent to renew her passport on April 13/07, it was July 12 and we did not know if her passport was being processed. We were taking a road trip to Ohio and were out of our house. We cut our trip short to be able to attend an appointment at the passport agency in downtown Miami on July 13, but when we got there we were told that the passport was on its way to our house via Fed Ex. It was delivered when we arrived home. We would like to thank you for helping speed up the process.” – Juan Carlos Sandoval, Constituent

  • “I want to thank you for the opportunity I had to intern in your office this past spring and summer. I learned a lot about the legislative process and I will always cherish the time I spent working with you and your staff.” – Matt Dannals, Former Intern

  • “Your speech at our welcome reception on Friday, October 26, 2007 was greatly appreciated by everyone who attended. Our beautiful city, the lovely weather, and your well received presentation offered our guests from across the United States and Canada the best Florida has to offer.” – Rahul Ranadive, Constituent

  • “Thanks for sending your recent news card in which you informed us of your efforts to address the various issues at hand in Washington and in our state of Florida. I want to thank you for all the hard work you’ve done in the past and are continuing to do.” – Gladys Fuentes, Constituent

  • “I wanted to take this opportunity to share my greatest appreciation for your thoughtful donation of a Florida State Flag in honor of Task Force Bayonet. I am humbled by your generosity and honored that you would bestow this flag along with the letter signed by all 27 of the Florida House Representatives to the members of my command.” – Charles A. Preysler, Colonel, US Army

  • “On behalf of every volunteer working on this event, please know that we are eternally grateful for Ileana’s support and that of her wonderful staff.” – Dr. Ana Romero, Constituent

  • “I was an intern at your DC office about 5 years ago. I currently work for the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Foundation, and on hearing the good news of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen’s Co-chair appointed to the Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Caucus, I wanted to send a message to you, your office, and Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen my congrats and thanks for the hard work and concern for this important issue. You all gave me such a great experience in DC that honestly it shaped the path to where I am today.” – Ifdy Perez, Former Intern

  • “I have been contacted by the Guantanamo Naval Base Executive Officer regarding travel arrangements for my family and other required items to facilitate my request and he is helping me with all the requirements. Thank you, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, for your kind assistance to making my brother’s wish come true.” – Shirley Hill, Constituent

  • “I am very impressed with your eloquent statement on the floor of the House Tuesday in support of the Lantos-Hyde HIV/AIDS Act, and then was delighted with your vote today overwhelmingly approving the bill. I commend you and your colleagues for such a strong bi-partisan effort. So many lives will be saved thanks to your leadership.” – Gail Neumann, Constituent

  • “On behalf of the Title II Community AIDS National Network (TII CANN) and the more than one million Americans living with HIV/AIDS, I would like to thank you for your dedication to the HIV/AIDS and minority communities and for your continued work on the Early Treatment of HIV Act (ETHA). I would thus like to extend my deepest gratitude to you for supporting a first step in stopping the health crisis we are currently facing.” – William E. Arnold, TII CANN

  • “It was great seeing you in UM, thank you very much for being part of the pro-Israel crew. Your speeches are inspirational and honest, and I feel so very proud you represented me. Marcelo was really happy that I told you we both know him. After all the good things he said, it was great meeting you. It is so comforting to see people like you and your team that work each day to make a better world, that is almost refreshing and mind opening to people like myself that are trying to study and hopefully one day work with people like you, ‘ya que somos la generacion del relevo y es de personas como tu que se aprende de verdad.’” – Frima Enghelberg, Constituent

  • “Please pass along my sincere thanks to your entire staff for making our recent visit to Washington so memorable. Both days that we visited your office they showed us such thoughtfulness and courtesy. You should be proud! I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart that you made it all happen. Hunter loves you and will never forget her moments with you.” – Sally Matson, Constituent

  • “I want to thank you so very much for helping us get such wonderful seats for the Inaugural Parade. It was so exciting to see our son march in the parade and being able to see the President and his family was an added bonus! We will never forget that special weekend!” – Phillis Jones, Constituent

  • “The members of the veterans of Foreign Wars have been watching to see how our representatives voted and we deeply appreciate your courage and foresight in voting for the bill.” – Members, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

  • ”Stiltsville has benefited from your enthusiasm and tremendous energy.” – Wendy Tuttle Camp, Constituen

Your Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen