Florida Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch, who has served in Congress since 2010, will not run for re-election this year and will resign his House seat before the end of his term to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the American Jewish Committee.
According to its website, the American Jewish Committee “is the leading global Jewish advocacy organization. From city halls to Capitol Hill, at the UN and in world capitals, AJC works to impact policy and opinion on some of the most important issues facing the Jewish people.”
“After serving the public for more than 15 years, I have decided I will not seek re-election this November,” Deutch wrote. “Public service was instilled in me by my father who earned a Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge, and it has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Congress since 2010. I am incredibly grateful to my constituents for their support and friendship.”
The decision by Deutch came as a surprise to many and could potentially set off a scramble among Democrats to replace him.
Deutch became a national figure advocating for tougher gun regulations following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in 2018. A frequent critic of the National Rifle Association, he recently celebrated the NRA’s financial distress, noting “the NRA has gone from being morally bankrupt to being financially bankrupt.”
Deutch is now the 31st Democrat to give up their House seat this year.
Depending on the timing of when he formally resigns, his departure will leave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a razor-thin majority in the House.