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Ros-Lehtinen is the longest-serving woman in Congress from the South (and other fun facts)


The folks at Smart Politics have compiled a number of interesting factoids about Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who said Sunday she will retire at the end of her term next year.

Among their findings:

  • "A new Smart Politics report finds that Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will exit the U.S. House in January 2019 with the sixth longest tenure (29 years, 4 months, 6 days) among the nearly 300 women who have served in the chamber and the second longest among GOP women.
  • Ros-Lehtinen will eclipse Frances Bolton on July 7, 2018 to exit Capitol Hill with the second longest service for a Republican woman in the chamber’s history behind only Edith Rogers.
  • Ros-Lehtinen is the longest-serving woman from the South in the chamber’s history and the only such member to serve over a quarter century. Texas Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson (24 years, 4 months) will eclipse that mark in early 2018."

The full Smart Politics report is available here.

Photo credit: Carl Juste, Miami Herald staff