Congressman Ted Deutch is running for re-election in Florida's 21st district, which includes communities in western Palm Beach County and Broward County. He was first elected to serve Florida's 19th district in the House of Representatives by a Special Election on April 13th, 2010. In the two years he has served South Florida in Congress, he has become known as a rising, energetic voice in the House Democratic Caucus and talented, driven legislator. Ted's priorities in Congress include strengthening the health and financial security of America's retires, creating economy opportunity for small businesses and families in South Florida, and protecting the national security interests of the United States, Israel, and our international allies. Ted serves on the House Foreign Affairs and House Judiciary Committees, both of which oversee critical issues of importance to South Florida.
Ted has gained national recognition for standing up for the priorities of his constituents. His legislation to strengthen Social Security and improve retirement benefits, the Preserving our Promise to Seniors Act, was highlighted by the New York Times and endorsed by the influential Strengthen Social Security coalition. Ted also authored the Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy (OCCUPIED) Amendment, the most widely supported proposal in Congress to overturn Citizens United and limit the influence of special interests in our elections. An outspoken defender of Americans' civil rights, Ted helped halt the error-ridden voter purge launched in 2012 by Republican Governor Rick Scott by introducing the nation to veterans, small business owners, and lifelong citizens wrongly accused of being illegal voters.
Ted also authored legislation recently signed into law by the President that strengthens existing U.S. sanctions against Iran by requiring more transparency in the U.S. financial sector. He has also passed legislation cracking down on brutal human rights abusers in Syria and Iran by targeting technologies used to suppress pro-democracy activists. His interest in national security matters and the Middle East is inseparable from his lifelong activism in the pro-Israel community. As a Florida State Senator, Ted passed the first law in the country to use divestment as a tool aimed at thwarting Iran’s nuclear weapons program. His work at the state level in Florida helped influence the sanctions later enacted by Congress within the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010.
While in the State Senate, Ted also passed legislation that reduced smoking across Florida and funded critical health care programs, including cancer research. In Congress, he has continued this advocacy for increased medical research and improved access to health care for all. Organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, and the Florida Education Association have recognized Ted for his work on behalf of seniors, children, and working families.
Ted Deutch, 46, was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is the youngest son of Jean Deutch and the late Bernard Deutch, a World War II veteran who earned a Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge. After graduating from Liberty High School in 1984, Ted went on to study at the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School. Ted and his wife of 20 years, Jill Deutch, moved to South Florida in 1997. They live in West Boca Raton with their 16-year old twin daughters, Gabrielle and Serena, and their 13-year old son, Cole.
Ted considers the opportunity to serve in Congress a great honor and a continuation of his lifelong commitment to bettering the community and the world.
American Cancer Society, National Distinguished Advocacy Award, 2009
Univeristy of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine Legislative Champion, 2009
American Jewish Congress Distinguished Civic Achievement Award, 2009
Florida Bar Family Law Section, Chair's Award for Legislative Excellence, 2009
Florida Bar Equal Opportunities Law Section, Equal Opportunities in the Profession Award, 2009
Florida Hospital Association, Legislator of the Year, 2009
Private Care Association of Florida, Legislator of the Year, 2009
American Social Health Association, Legislator of the Year, 2008
Florida Association of Counties, County Champion Award, 2008
FEA, Champion for Public Education, 2008
FACTE, Legislator of the Year, 2008
Palm Beach County League of Cities, Legislator of the Year, 2008
ORT America, Tikkun Olam Award, 2008
Healthy Florida Alliance, Legislator of the Year, 2008
American Cancer Society, Legislator of the Year, 2008, 2007
Florida AFL-CIO, Legislator of the Year, 2007
FEA, Friend of Education Award, 2007
Boca Delray Democratic Club, Person of the Year, 2007
Miami Herald, "Freshman Most Likely to Succeed", 2007
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, James and Marjorie Baer Leadership Award
South Florida Business Journal, Up and Comer's Award Finalist
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Recipient
United Jewish Communities National Young Leadership Cabinet
American Israeli Public Affairs Committee New Leadership Network