Ted Deutch

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Ted Deutch
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 21st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Mario Diaz-Balart
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 19th district
In office
April 13, 2010 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Robert Wexler
Succeeded by Trey Radel
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 30th district
In office
January 2007 – April 13, 2010
Preceded by Ron Klein
Succeeded by Maria Sachs
Personal details
Born Theodore E. Deutch
(1966-05-07) May 7, 1966 (age 49)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jill Weinstock
Children 3
Alma mater University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor
Religion Judaism

Theodore E. Deutch (born May 7, 1966), commonly known as Ted Deutch, 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

2010 Elections[edit]


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.


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

2012 Elections[edit]


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

Legislative Record[edit]

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 lifts the cap on FICA taxes over a period of seven years.[8]

During the 2011 debate over the debt ceiling, Deutch assembled and brought to the house floor an elaborate, game-show style to illustrate which government services he claimed would be endangered by a default on the U.S. national debt.[9]

Constitutional Amendment

On November 19, 2011, Rep. Deutch introduced a resolution[10] 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".[11]


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

Committee assignments[edit]

Creator of Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance[edit]

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.[12] The Greek-Israeli caucus consisted of members of the Democratic and Republican parties.[13][14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Deutch is a vegan.[16]


  1. ^ a b Candidate Tracking system - Florida Division of Elections - Department of State
  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 Congressional District Democratic
  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. ^ "FOR SOCIAL SECURITY, A BIRTHDAY MAKEOVER". New York Times. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rep. Ted Deutch spins 'GOP wheel of misfortune' on house floor". Crooks and Liars. Retrieved September 26, 2012.  wheel
  10. ^ "Rep. Deutch Unveils OCCUPIED Constitutional Amendment". US Congressman Ted Deutch. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Finally, a Constitutional Amendment for the 99%". Nation of Change. Retrieved November 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ http://www.americanhellenic.org/news/2013-02-15.php
  13. ^ Ambassador hosts congressional Hellenic-Israel caucus
  14. ^ New Greek-Israeli Committee in U.S Congress | USA.GreekReporter.com
  15. ^ Israel’s US envoy hosts meeting on Israeli-Greek-Cypriot ties | The Times of Israel
  16. ^ 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

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

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
John Garamendi
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Tom Graves