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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1952. Earning her doctorate in education from the University of Miami, she began her career as a teacher before entering politics in Florida’s state government. In 1989, she became the first Hispanic woman elected to Congress. During her tenure, she has championed conservative and Hispanic causes, fought domestic violence, and joined the attempt to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, becoming the first Republican in Congress to support same-sex marriage.