Since his first election to Congress in 2010, Ted Deutch has earned a reputation as an energetic advocate for the people of Florida's 21st district, a rising voice in the House Democratic Caucus, and a hardworking legislator respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle. His priorities include advancing economic opportunity for all, protecting the integrity of our elections, strengthening retirement security in America, and promoting a smart foreign policy that protects the security of the United States, Israel, and our allies and advances human rights around the world.
Ted is a leader in the movement to overturn Citizens United, McCutcheon, and other Supreme Court rulings responsible for flooding our elections with special interest cash. In the 113th Congress he partnered with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to introduce the Democracy is for People Amendment (formerly the OCCUPIED Amendment) to overturn Citizens United and make clear that elections are for voters - not corporations - and that spending money in elections is not the same thing as free speech.
In 2012, Ted played an instrumental role in derailing Governor Rick Scott's illegal, error-ridden effort to purge Florida's registration rolls of thousands of legitimate voters. Ted introduced the nation to veterans, small business owners, and naturalized citizens targeted by the Scott Administration's purge, and used his position on the House Judiciary Committee to demand legal action from the U.S. Department of Justice.
After passing legislation strengthening U.S. sanctions against Iran by requiring more transparency in our financial sector, Ted's colleagues elected him to serve as Ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee's influential Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee. A lifelong activist in the pro-Israel community, Ted co-authored and passed the bipartisan U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 to enhance our cooperation with Israel in areas such as security, energy, agriculture, and trade. He also passed legislation cracking down on brutal human rights abusers in Syria and Iran by targeting technologies used to suppress pro-democracy activists.
Ted's commitment to progressive values like basic fairness and opportunity for all have guided much of his work in Congress. He has sponsored legislation to raise wages for low-income Americans, guarantee paid leave to working families, and invest in job-creating areas like infrastructure, research, and education. As a member of the Congressional out of Poverty Caucus, Ted believes we have a responsibility to protect the most vulnerable and enact policies that ensure every child has a fair shot at the American dream. These efforts build on his work as a two-term State Senator in the Florida legislature, where he passed legislation that reduced smoking across Florida and funded critical health care programs, including cancer research. He also secured seed funded for the construction of the Weisman Center in Delray Beach that provides health and recreational opportunities for so many seniors throughout our community.