The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) awarded U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., with the Edward R. Roybal Award for Outstanding Public Service at the nonprofit's annual gala.
The gala was held in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26.
"U.S. Representative Ros-Lehtinen has distinguished herself through her unwavering commitment to public service," said Calif. state Sen. Alex Padilla, NALEO president. "Her leadership has improved the quality of life of her constituents and increased opportunities for a new generation of Latino leaders around the country. We honor U.S. Representative Ros-Lehtinen for exemplifying the spirit of service of the late Congressman Roybal through her work."
Ros-Lehtinen was elected to the Florida State House of Representatives in 1982, followed by a term in the Florida Senate in 1986. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve in either body. She is the most senior Republican woman in the U.S. House.
The Roybal Award is presented to an individual who is a devoted public servant to the nation and the Hispanic community, and pays tribute to the organization's founder, Edward R. Roybal.
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