Boca Raton's Ted Deutch to leave Congress, join American Jewish Committee

Congressman Ted Deutch announced Monday that he will not seek re-election to Capitol Hill, one more shake-up on the blue side of the aisle in Florida's congressional delegation.

Deutch, 55, said that he plans to leave Congress this fall to become the CEO of the American Jewish Committee.

"There aren't a lot of opportunities that afford me the chance to spend all of my time focused on these issues that I care so deeply about — defending the global Jewish community, and standing up for Israel, defending democratic values," Deutch said. "This is really who I am. As CEO of AJC I'll have the opportunity to lead a 300-person organization with offices around the world in carrying out this critical mission, especially at time when we're facing rising anti-Semitism and ongoing threats."

The Boca Raton Democrat, who has served in Congress since 2010 in districts spanning southern Palm Beach and northern Broward counties, is now one of more than 30 Democrats who have elected not to run again in the November midterms.
Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) by Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA is licensed under flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
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