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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Former Representative for Florida’s 27th District

pronounced i-lee-AH-nuh // ross LAYT-nun

Ros-Lehtinen was the representative for Florida’s 27th congressional district and was a Republican. She served from 2013 to 2018.

She was previously the representative for Florida’s 18th congressional district as a Republican from 1989 to 2012.

Photo of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R-FL27, 2013-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Ros-Lehtinen.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Ros-Lehtinen is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Ros-Lehtinen sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

United States Chamber of Commerce: 83% Human Rights Campaign: 76% The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: B Americans for Prosperity: 66% League of Conservation Voters: 57% The Club for Growth: 52% FreedomWorks: 40% American Civil Liberties Union: 33% NIAC Action: D NumbersUSA: 15%

Enacted Legislation

Ros-Lehtinen was the primary sponsor of 20 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 20 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Ros-Lehtinen sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

International Affairs (76%) Government Operations and Politics (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Ros-Lehtinen’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay

Passed 236/189 on Feb 15, 2017.

One of the most controversial bills in this Congress split the two parties so much that the Senate vote produced no Republicans opposed and no ...

Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay

Passed 231/193 on Feb 15, 2017.

H.J.Res. 66 disapproves and nullifies the rule issued by the Department of Labor on August 30, 2016, establishing a “safe harbor” from the Employee Retirement ...

Ros-Lehtinen voted Nay

Passed 234/191 on Feb 15, 2017.

H.J.Res. 67 disapproves and nullifies the rule issued by the Department of Labor on August 30, 2016, establishing a “safe harbor” from the Employee Retirement ...

Ros-Lehtinen voted No

Passed 236/187 on Feb 2, 2017.

H.J.Res. 37 nullifies the rule issued by the Department of Defense (DoD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) ...

Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Ros-Lehtinen voted Aye

Ros-Lehtinen voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea

Ros-Lehtinen voted Yea

Failed 258/168 on Jan 28, 2009.

Missed Votes

From May 1989 to Dec 2018, Ros-Lehtinen missed 993 of 18,797 roll call votes, which is 5.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: