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Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Key Coastal Communities:
Miami, Florida Keys
Foreign Affairs; Permanent Select on Intelligence
National Marine Sanctuary Caucus

“I am committed to keeping the environmental integrity of the Keys intact.”


Leadership: Representing a district surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Atlantic on the other, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen understands the necessity of protecting the Oceans. Co-Founder of the National Marine Sanctuary Caucus, she has worked to “protect the environmental integrity of coral reefs and other coastal marine resources.” Rep. Ros-Lehtinen recently cosponsored H.R. 774 (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015) and H.R. 1648 (Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2015).

A former educator, Rep Ros-Lehtinen understands the need to get future generations involved with the oceans.  She dove down to the Aquarius Undersea Laboratory in the Florida Keys where she participated in an online question and answer session with several school classrooms. Representative Ros-Lehtinen has pushed for accountability from BP and the Minerals Management Service for their role in the Gulf oil spill.

Representative Ros-Lehtinen sponsored:

  • H.R 5771 (Conserving Our Reefs and Livelihoods Act of 2016)
    H.R 3310 (Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act 2016)
  • H.R. 2047 (Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Act of 2011)
  • H.R 856 (Recognizing the national marine sanctuaries program as critical to managing the ocean and Great Lake resources of the United States, and commending local and State partners and volunteers of the program for their contribution 2006)

Representative Ros-Lehtinen cosponsored:

  • H.R.3852 (To direct the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study on the benefits of solar net energy metering, and for other purposes)
    H.R 4811 (Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2016)
  • H.R. 774 (Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 1684 (Foreign Spill Protection Act of 2015)
  • H.R. 2553 (Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2015)
  • H.R 2772 (Saving Fishing Jobs Act of 2011)
  • H.R 5804 (Billfish Conservation Act of 2010)