- The most senior US Representative from Florida, serving since 1989.
- The first Cuban-American and Latina elected to Congress.
- Chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee from 2011-2013, a trusted and respected foreign policy voice.
- Popular in her home district, winning with 60.2% of the vote in 2012, while President Obama carried the district by 7 points.
- Will not be seeking re-election in 2018.