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Former U.S. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Speaks to Upper School

Former U.S. Rep. Ros-Lehtinen Speaks to Upper School

Former U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Latina elected to Congress, visited Holton on Friday.

In conversation with Head of School Susanna Jones, Ros-Lehtinen discussed her journey from Cuba to the United States, offered insights from her time in office, and encouraged students to be civically engaged.

"This is an exceptional country -- it doesn't matter what party you belong to, that's neither here nor there. Be proud of your country and always push for positive change in our great country."

Ros-Lehtinen spoke about representing her diverse Miami-area district for 30 years, discussing what it took to be a voice for constituents of differing beliefs and backgrounds.

Among her proudest achievements, she said, are helping to pass the Florida prepaid college tuition savings program and her work to help empower people in other countries.

In response to questions from students, she said her hardest votes in Congress were any that involved sending troops overseas. 

"It can be hard ... but when you have that moral compass, you know what is right and what is wrong."