Thank you for contacting my office, as you may be aware, beginning January 2019 Dr. Donna Shalala will serve as Representative of the 27th District of Florida. Accordingly, my office is beginning the transfer of constituent services to the incoming Representative. It has been one of the greatest honors of my professional life representing each and every person in our South Florida community.

My office will continue to serve and assist individuals and families as able until the swearing-in of the Member-Elect - if you are currently working with a member of my team I would ask that you reach out to him or her to discuss the best option for the transitioning of your particular situation. My Miami office can be reached at (305) 668-2285.

If you have a new request for help with a federal agency, case, tour, or any other service and assistance my office regularly provides you also have the option to contact the office of Sen. Marco Rubio who will continue to serve as one of your Senators at (305) 596-4224 or (866) 630-7106.

Congresswoman-elect Donna Shalala’s transition coordinator Mr. Raul Martinez, Jr. may be reached at

Please also find my statement congratulating Congresswoman-elect Donna Shalala below.

Ros-Lehtinen Congratulates Congresswoman-Elect Donna Shalala

“As this season comes to an end in my life, I am confident that Donna Shalala will be a remarkable leader for our community.”

Miami, FL - U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) issued the following statement congratulating Congresswoman-elect Donna Shalala who will succeed her in representing Florida’s 27 Congressional district.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“I have been humbled to serve our South Florida community and honored to be its voice in Congress for nearly three decades. As this season ends, a new one begins. It is now my honor to congratulate Donna Shalala as Congresswoman-elect of Florida’s 27th Congressional district. Donna is committed to public service and her many contributions to our South Florida community will serve her well as she represents this diverse district in the halls of Congress. Our beautiful South Florida community merits a leader who represents it to the best of her ability, and I am confident that Donna will do so with unequivocal certainty. This is democracy at its best. In my native homeland of Cuba there are no freedoms. Our country gave my family a chance, and we are all blessed to live in a country where we can be active participants in our democratic process. It has been one of the greatest honors of my professional life representing each and every person in our South Florida community. As this season comes to an end in my life, I am confident that Donna Shalala will be an unwavering leader for our community. I am proud to welcome and congratulate Congresswoman-elect Donna Shalala.” 

“Es con mucha humildad que he servido a nuestra comunidad del Sur de la Florida y me siento honrada de ser su voz en el Congreso durante casi tres décadas. A medida que termina esta temporada, comienza una nueva. Ahora tengo el honor de felicitar a Donna Shalala como Congresista electa del 27 ° distrito del Congreso de la Florida. Donna está comprometida con el servicio público y sus muchas contribuciones a nuestra comunidad del Sur de la Florida le servirán bien ya que representara a este distrito diverso en los pasillos del Congreso. Nuestra hermosa comunidad del Sur de la Florida merece un líder que la represente lo mejor de sus habilidades, y estoy segura de que Donna lo hará con una certeza inequívoca. Esto es lo mejor de la democracia. En mi tierra natal de Cuba no hay libertades. Nuestro país le dio una oportunidad a mi familia, y todos estamos bendecidos de vivir en un país donde podemos ser participantes activos en nuestro proceso democrático. Ha sido uno de los mayores honores de mi vida profesional representar a cada persona en nuestra comunidad del Sur de la Florida. A medida que esta temporada llega a su fin en mi vida, confío en que Donna Shalala será una líder inquebrantable para nuestra comunidad. Me enorgullece dar la bienvenida y felicitar a la congresista electa Donna Shalala."


Kudos to Ileana on an outstanding interview with Anne O'Bannon this morning. Ileana really nailed it, hitting every major point on Catch Shares and hammering those points again and again. Fleet reduction and job loss, especially in the Keys, would devastate our local economy and they are having the same affect on a broader scale nationwide. Please give our best to Ileana and our sincere thanks for her rock-solid support.

Florida Keys Commercial Fisherman’s Association

Thank you very much for the acknowledgment letter for my 25 years of service with the Key West Fire Department. We seldom get recognition like this other then what the City of Key West does for us. I am proud to serve the people of Key West and will greatly miss my brothers along with the people of this great Island. Again thank you very much for your letter it means a lot that someone other then the city is thinking about what we do.

Captain Peter, Key West Fire Department

The Orthodox Union would like to a wish a congratulations to Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) on her recent election to be the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Over the years, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen has been a stalwart advocate on behalf of her constituents in South Florida which includes the Young Israel of Bal Harbour, an Orthodox Union member synagogue. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen has been a champion of Jewish causes around the world including many that directly affect the Jewish community and the State of Israel.

The Orthodox Union

Thank you for helping me this last year with my VA benefits and my personal problems. You were really there for me - You are really there for us... Thank you so very much. On behalf of myself, my family, and my many friends - we will be there for you...

John, Big Pine Key

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