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Longtime Ros-Lehtinen foreign affairs staffer is leaving Capitol Hill

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

via @francoordonez @alextdaugherty

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's longtime staff director Eddy Acevedo is leaving.

Ros-Lehtinen, and several members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, where Acevedo is subcommittee staff director and senior foreign policy advisor for Ros-Lehtinen, took to the House Floor Tuesday to deliver tributes to Acevedo who is leaving to join the United States Agency for International Development. Acevedo, who worked for Ros-Lehtinen for nearly a decade, will be the new Deputy Assistant Administrator and Chief Legislative Strategist in USAID’s Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs.

“He’s been my partner for all of these battles in favor of freedom and democracy and against autocratic regimes,” said Ros-Lehtinen said of Acevedo, before speaking in support of a Venezuela humanitarian aid bill.

“I want to say about the gentlewoman from Florida—there’s no member of this body who has done more to champion democracy and human rights in Venezuela than the gentlewoman from Florida, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen," said Rep. Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat and ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Committee. “I also want to thank her longtime Staff Director Eddy Acevedo, who is in his last week on Capitol Hill," Engel said. "Eddy has been such a positive force on Venezuela and the entire Latin American region in support of Ileana’s work. He has been a consistent collaborator with my staff, and his work here will be sorely missed."