(As originally published, Mon, February 28th 2022, 1:51 PM EST)
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) — U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch announced he won’t seek reelection in November. Instead, he’s set to become Chief Executive Officer of the American Jewish Committee, effective Oct. 1.
The Democratic representative, whose District 22 runs from Boca Raton down to Fort Lauderdale, and west to Coral Springs, has served in Congress since 2010.
Deutch, 55, is the chairman of the House Ethics Committee and had served in the Florida Senate before his election to Congress.
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Deutch wrote in a statement, “I’m proud of my work to make our communities safer from gun violence, strengthen social security and protect our most vulnerable seniors, and ensure Holocaust survivors can live in dignity. I’m proud of the many bipartisan ways we’ve come together – to provide resources for those battling eating disorders, to help seniors at risk of fraud, and to combat climate change. And in a dangerous world, I’ve worked with my colleagues to fight terrorism and rogue regimes like Iran, and to support our military and veterans, including securing recognition for heroic World War II, Korea, and Vietnam heroes who had been denied the honor they deserved.”
He is reportedly the 31st Congressional Democrat to announce he won’t seek reelection in November. Forecasts of a rocky midterm election for their party is reportedly to blame for most. Just 13 Republicans have said they’re not seeking reelection to the House.
The AJC reports its Executive Council unanimously selected Deutch who also wrote, “Since 2013, my colleagues have selected me to lead our critical foreign policy work in the Middle East. Even as Iran continues its illicit quest for nuclear weapons and support for terror groups worldwide, we are also witnessing a new era of cooperation in the Middle East that brings transformative new opportunities. For me, this foreign policy work has been a natural continuation of my deep ties to the American Jewish community and my long-standing advocacy on behalf of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Beyond foreign policy, we have also seen an unprecedented rise in antisemitism in our own country and abroad, and I have been at the forefront of the Congressional response as the founding co-chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism. This critical work, and the opportunity to do it on a global scale, is why I am announcing that I will not be running for re-election to Congress as I have accepted an offer to serve as the next Chief Executive Officer of the American Jewish Committee.”
Deutch will serve in Congress until it recesses for the November 8 election. His term will not end until January.