Illeana Ros-Lehtinen is the first Hispanic woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress. She represents
Florida’s 27th Congressional District. Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1952, Ros-Lehtinen and her family came
to Miami, Florida, when she was eight years old. She became inspired to fight for a stronger educational
system, lower taxes, and a brighter economic future for the students and parents in her district. Ros-
Lehtinen says that education is a lifelong journey. “Education is the great equalizer,” Ros-Lehtinen said.
“My parents were always believers that education was the way to get ahead and that if you study hard
your dreams will come true.” JAMMIN’ one oh one five recognizes Illeana Ros-Lehtinen