Theodore Eliot "Ted" Deutch (born May 7, 1966) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives for Florida's 21st congressional district. He first won election to Congress during a special election in April 2010 in Florida's 19th congressional district. He previously served in the Florida Senate. In 2012, due to redistricting, he ran for and won re-election in Florida's 21st congressional district.[1]

Early life, education, and law career

Deutch was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the son of Jean (née Mindlin) and the late Bernard Deutch, who earned a Purple Heart during World War II. His grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.[2] A graduate of Liberty High School in Bethlehem,[3] Deutch graduated from the University of Michigan, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of Consider magazine, and the University of Michigan Law School.

Florida Senate

As a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of United Jewish Communities, Deutch organized over 2,500 people to march on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. with the intent of pressuring Congress on a slate of issues affecting children and the elderly. At the end of his tenure in the state senate, Deutch served as Vice Chair of the Committee on Regulated Industries, and the Policy and Steering Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2010

Special

In late 2009, Deutch declared himself a candidate in a special election to fill the 19th congressional district seat formerly held by Robert Wexler, who left Congress to lead the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation. He won the Democratic primary with 85% of the vote, and on April 13, 2010, won the special election, defeating Republican Edward J. Lynch.[5]

Deutch's district is located on the East coast of Florida. It includes parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties.

General

Deutch was challenged by Republican nominee Joe Budd and write-in candidate Stan Smilan.[6] He won the election.

2012

After Florida underwent redistricting in 2012, Deutch filed for re-election in the 21st congressional district.[1] Deutch won the November 6, 2012 general election with no major party opposition.[7]

2014

In the general election, against write-in opposition, Deutch won with 99.6% of the vote.[8]

2016

In December 2015, Florida underwent redistricting due to a Supreme Court ruling, swapping the districts of Deutch and fellow Democrat Lois Frankel of the 22nd congressional district. Deutch and Frankel agreed to run for each other's seats in 2016.[9]

Tenure

Deutch was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives on April 15, 2010.

Legislative record

Shortly after his election, Deutch introduced the Preserving our Promise to Seniors Act, which aims to keep Social Security benefits in line with retirees' costs and gradually raises the cap on FICA taxes over a period of seven years.[10]

During the 2011 debate regarding the debt ceiling, Deutch assembled and brought to the house floor an elaborate, game-show style wheel to illustrate which government services he claimed would be endangered by a default on the U.S. national debt.[11]

On November 19, 2011, Rep. Deutch introduced a resolution[12] proposing "an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to expressly exclude for-profit corporations from the rights given to natural persons by the Constitution of the United States, prohibit corporate spending in all elections, and affirm the authority of Congress and the states to regulate corporations and to regulate and set limits on all election contributions and expenditures".

Rep. Deutch’s amendment is a blend of "ideas from "Move to Amend, Free Speech for People, Public Citizen, People For the American Way, Common Cause, and the Center for Media and Democracy".[13]

Committee assignments

Creator of Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance

In 2013, a bipartisan, congressional group of Greek-Israeli members was created by Deutch and Gus Bilirakis, a Republican representative from Florida. The group, called the "Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance," was announced at a special Congressional event.[14] The Greek-Israeli caucus consisted of members of the Democratic and Republican parties.[15][16][17]

Personal life

Deutch is vegan.[18]

References

  1. ^ a b "Candidate Tracking system - Florida Division of Elections - Department of State". Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ Stone, Kurt F. (2010). The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional Members. Scarecrow Press. p. 625. ISBN 9780810877382. 
  3. ^ "Arena Profile: Rep. Ted Deutch". Politico. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "About Ted". Ted Deutch for Congress. Retrieved April 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Republican concedes; Deutch keeps Wexler's South Florida congress". Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Candidates and Races - Candidate Tracking system - Florida Division of Elections - Department of State". Election.dos.state.fl.us. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ Carney, Heather. "Hastings, Deutch, Wasserman Schultz win re-election". sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "November 4, 2014 General Election Official Results". Florida Department of State Division of Elections. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Man, Anthony; Sweeney, Dan (December 3, 2015). "Ted Deutch to run in Broward-based district, leaving Lois Frankel to run in all-Palm Beach County district". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ "FOR SOCIAL SECURITY, A BIRTHDAY MAKEOVER". New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Rep. Ted Deutch spins 'GOP wheel of misfortune' on house floor". Crooks and Liars. Retrieved September 26, 2012.  wheel
  12. ^ "Rep. Deutch Unveils OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment". US Congressman Ted Deutch. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Finally, a Constitutional Amendment for the 99%". Nation of Change. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ http://www.americanhellenic.org/news/2013-02-15.php
  15. ^ "Ambassador hosts congressional Hellenic-Israel caucus". Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  16. ^ "New Greek-Israeli Committee in U.S Congress". Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Israel's US envoy hosts meeting on Israeli-Greek-Cypriot ties". Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  18. ^ Anthony Man,"Going Vegan Was Winning Move for South Florida Congressman," Sun Sentinel, 12 September 2014.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Wexler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th congressional district

2010–2013
Succeeded by
Trey Radel
Preceded by
Mario Diaz-Balart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 21st congressional district

2013–present
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
John Garamendi
United States Representatives by seniority
220th
Succeeded by
Tom Graves