Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, first Cuban-American in Congress, to retire

Washington( CNN) Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican who was the first Cuban-American elected to Congress, is retiring after 38 years — siding Democrats a major opening to pick off a GOP-held seat.

The 64 -year-old Ros-Lehtinen announced her decision to retire Sunday in an interview with the Miami Herald’s Patricia Mazzei. She has been a key moderate expression in the House, but said her decision has nothing to do with her divergences with President Donald Trump.

“I’ve sufficed under all kinds of different dynamics in all these years that I’ve been in office here, ” she told the newspaper. “Though I don’t agree with numerous, if not most, status of President Trump.”