September 05, 2014
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Illeana Ros-Lehtinen

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. Ros-Lehtinen began her career as a teacher. 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 told TFK’s Emily Goldberg. “My parents were always believers that education was the way to get ahead and that if you study hard your dreams will come true.”

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