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Ex-Foreign Affairs chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen embraces UAE lobby

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the only ex-lawmaker currently registered as a foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates.
UNITED STATES - MAY 4: Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., speaks with a school group on the House steps at the Capitol after a series of votes on repeal and replace of Obamacare on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., has signed on as a lobbyist for the United Arab Emirates amid intensifying pushback against the country’s growing regional ambitions.

Ros-Lehtinen registered on Jan. 21 as a foreign agent via Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld, the UAE’s oldest lobby shop, soon after becoming eligible to lobby her former colleagues after Congress’ one-year cooling-off period for retired lawmakers. She served as chairwoman from 2011 to 2013. This is Ros-Lehtinen's first registration as a foreign agent.

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