About Congressman Ted Deutch

From the Florida State Senate to the United States Congress, Ted Deutch has spent nearly a decade working for the people of Broward and Palm Beach counties. 

A devoted Democrat with a record of bipartisan collaboration in Congress, he is now seeking re-election in Florida's newly-redrawn 22nd congressional district, which runs  from Fort Lauderdale north to Boca Raton and westward to communities like Parkland, Margate, and Coral Springs.

Read: Ted Deutch Builds Influence, Satisfies Constituents, Sun Sentinel 12/1/2013.

Ted is running for re-election to Congress in the hopes of continuing his efforts to:

  • Raise the minimum wage and help working families get ahead 
  • Toughen background checks and crack down on illegal gun trafficking
  • Reduce big money in politics and protect voting rights
  • Strengthen Social Security and Medicare and promote affordability in health care
  • Protect our environment, including the Everglades and the Florida coast
  • Advance the security interests of the United States, Israel, and our allies

Read more about Ted's views on the issues here. 

Family and Education

Many of Ted's priorities in Congress reflect the values instilled in him by his parents, the late Jean and Bernard Deutch. Ted's father earned a Purple Heart in World War II while fighting at the Battle of the Bulge, and after the war started his own family painting business. Growing up the youngest of five children in working class Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Ted saw many of his neighbors struggle after Bethlehem Steel shut down factories and moved offshore. 

"Growing up, I saw my community struggle after Bethlehem Steel shut down. Learning firsthand how good-paying jobs are vital for a strong middle class is a lesson I'll never forget." - Ted Deutch

After graduating from Liberty High School in 1984, Ted earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan, where he met his wife of 25 years, Jill. While at the University of Michigan, Ted was awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship, our nation's public service tribute to the President Harry Truman. 

Living and Working in South Florida 

In 1997, Ted and Jill moved to South Florida and began raising their family. Today, their twin daughters, Gabrielle and Serena, are currently in college, and their son Cole attends Spanish River High School in Florida's 22nd district. They are active members in the B'nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. 

Before running for public office, Ted enjoyed a successful career representing entrepreneurs as a commercial real estate attorney, and since 2008, Jill Deutch has worked as Director of Development for Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach. Throughout their time living and working in South Florida, Ted and Jill have become closely involved with organizations devoted to helping the less fortunate, fighting hunger, and strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship. 

Read: Ted and Jill Deutch Honored with Jewish Theological Seminary Award, South Florida Jewish Journal, November 26, 2013. 

Service in the Florida State Senate 

In 2006, Ted made the decision to run for the Florida State Senate in the hopes he could help improve people's lives and further strengthen the South Florida community. Despite being a freshman member of the minority party in Tallahassee, State Senator Deutch proved himself a talented legislator by passing the nation's first law divesting state pension funds from companies whose business dealings supported Iran's illicit quest for nuclear weapons. He also passed legislation to reduce smoking in Florida and fund cancer research and health care services for Florida's most vulnerable residents.    Ted also secured seed funding for the construction of the Weisman Center in Delray Beach that today serves so many seniors throughout our community.

Serving South Florida in Congress 

Ted was first elected to represent portions of Broward and Palm Beach counties in Congress in an April 2010 special election. In the six years he has served our community in Washington, Ted has earned a reputation as an energetic voice for the people of South Florida and the values that define our community. 

As the sponsor of the Udall-Deutch Democracy for All Amendment, Ted is a leader in the national movement to overturn Citizens United, McCutcheon, and other Supreme Court rulings responsible for letting corporations and a handful of billionaires gain even more influence in our elections. He is also a steadfast defender of voting rights, having played an instrumental role in derailing Governor Rick Scott's illegal, error-ridden purge of Florida's voter registration rolls in advance of the 2012 elections. 

Ted also serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he was elected as Ranking Democrat for the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to authoring some of the toughest sanctions ever enacted by the United States to thwart Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, Ted co-wrote and passed the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014 to enhance U.S.-Israel cooperation in areas like security, energy, and agriculture. Ted has also been a vocal defender of U.S. foreign aid, arguing that promoting global health and basic human rights around the world is vital to our national security interests. 

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.  

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. 
Palm Beach County Public Defenders Gideon Award, 2014
Shin Award, 2012
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