Executive Director Harry Wu and personal friend to the Honorable Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will express his gratitude in a short elocution on Wednesday November 18. A portrait commemorating her time as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2011-2013 will be unveiled in Washington, DC.
Executive Director of the Laogai Research Foundation, left, with Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen at the China Human Rights Press Conference, photo courtesy of LRF, 21 November 2013.
Representative Ros-Lehtinen, who represents Florida’s 27th District, is currently Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. According to tradition, the portrait will hang in the House Foreign Affairs Committee room as it does for all former chairmen who commission a portrait.
Representative Ros-Lehtinen has issued a statement:
“I’m humbled by this moment but the true credit goes to my family, friends, and constituents, and colleagues who placed such trust in me.”
Other speakers include: Speaker Paul Ryan, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman, Cuban pro-democracy leader Jorge Luis Garcia Perez “Antunez,” Holocaust survivor David Mermelstein, the Honorable Dexter Lehtinen, and others.
The event is slated to start Wednesday, November 18th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm