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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 7/15/1952 (Havana)
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Residence: Miami, FL
Education: BA in English from Florida International University, Miami, FL; MA in Education from Florida International University, Miami, FL
Occupation: Educator
Office Type: U.S. House -- Florida District 18 

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba, and lives in Miami. She received an associate's degree from Miami-Dade Community College in 1972. She received a bachelor's degree in English in 1975 and a master's degree in educational leadership in 1986 from Florida International University.

She completed postgraduate courses in educational administration at the University of Miami. Ros-Lehtinen received a Florida teaching certificate and founded Eastern Academy, a private elementary school.

Ros-Lehtinen was elected to the Florida House in 1982. After serving four years there, she was elected to the Florida Senate in 1986. In 1989, Ros-Lehtinen won a special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by the death of Democratic Rep. Claude Pepper.

She and her husband, Dexter Lehtinen, have two daughters. He is a former state legislator and former U.S. attorney.

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was elected to the U.S. House in 1989, defeating Gerald Richman with 53 percent of the vote. She was re-elected in 1990 with 78 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Bill Anscher. She won re-election in 1992 with 67 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Magda Davis. Ros-Lehtinen was unopposed in 1994, 1996 and 1998 and had only a write-in opponent in 2000.

In 2002, she defeated Marathon retiree May Chote in the Republican primary with 89 percent of the vote. In the general election she defeated Chote's husband, Democrat Ray Chote, with 69 percent of the vote. The Chotes are former Reform Party activists.

Ros-Lehtinen served eight years in the Florida Legislature, four years in the House and four in the Senate, from 1982 to 1989.

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