A Goodbye to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

So here I am, a few weeks after the announcement of the end of a reign in Washington, D.C. Some people claim that there must be term limits to ensure a legislative body of the people, for the people, and by the people, but this does not come to mind when I think of a particular person.  If only we could have a century of this legislator, things in America would be much better.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, or as the staff refer to her, IRL (it truly took me a few days to understand it was not them saying, “in real life”) is one of the most amazing and authentic legislators (and person in general) that I have had the privilege to not only meet, but work for.  As a Fall 2016 Running Start Star Fellow, I had the pleasure of getting to know ILLY! very well, along with her staff and the hill as a whole- and let me tell you- I caught the fever. Read below and check out the article my faves over at Running Start put out as partners with Politico’s WomenRule campaign!



Alexandria Murphy, Fall 2016 Star Fellow @murphalexandria

I am saddened to see that my former boss Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen is retiring, but amazed at the incredible career that she has had in public service. I have no doubt that because of Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, many future leaders will emerge through her inspiration and leadership. Working for the Congresswoman as a Running Start Star Fellow was simply the greatest time of my life so far. Each day we were greeted in the office with cheerful hellos and cafecito, and the Congresswoman listened to our updates on life, even from the interns. She took the time to make every single person feel important and worthy of being there. Working on Capitol Hill is magnificent in and of itself, but to work for a female Member who so dearly cares about her district and her staff and who paves the way for those that come after her is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I couldn’t have imagined being a part of a better experience in Washington. There are three portraits in the Capitol which inspire me: Jeannette Rankin, Shirley Chisholm, and (in the House Foreign Affairs Committee Room, as a beacon of hope for future women in public service) the undeniably resilient and forward thinking Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

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