Congressional Pioneer Ileana Roslehtinen Keeps Radarup For Opportunities To Bring More Dollars To Her Varied District
Written by Miami Today on January 4, 2008
Eighteen years in Congress, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen still exudes the excitement and enthusiasm of a newly elected lawmaker straight off the campaign trail. A self-proclaimed "grassroots, pothole congresswoman," Ms. Ros-Lehtinen spends much of her time championing for local needs, she said, including transportation, education and the environment. Through the Omnibus Bill, passed last month, she helped secure $681,000 for the City of Miami Beach’s gang and drug prevention program, $350,000 for the Miami Dade College Freedom Tower Historical Museum project and more than $5.5 million for the Miami River dredging project, among other appropriations. As 2008 begins, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen says she plans to help tackle property tax and insurance issues, as well as how to bring troops "home in a way that does them honor, that doesn’t degrade their service overseas." Still a supporter of the decades-old Cuban embargo, she says her hope is that other countries will jump on board. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen was interviewed in her parents’ Pinecrest home by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky. This is an excerpt from the weekly profile article published in Miami Today. To read the entire article in full, order this issue or subscribe to the print edition of Miami Today.