Congressman Ted Deutch, 48, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Florida’s 21st district, which includes South Florida communities throughout Palm Beach County and Broward County. Ted is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Ethics Committee.
As a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ted was elected at the start of the 113th Congress as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa. Ted is an established leader on issues related to Iran’s illicit quest for nuclear weapons. Several of his measures, including the Iran Transparency and Accountability Act and the Iran Human Rights and Democracy Promotion Act, earned strong bipartisan support during the 112th Congress and were later signed into law by President Obama as part of the Iran Threat Reduction Act. Ted first gained expertise on issues related to Iran’s nuclear weapons program when as a Florida State Senator he authored and passed the first law in the country divesting state pension funds from companies that do business in Iran.
Ted is an outspoken advocate for strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship, recently passing the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act out of the House. In addition, he speaks out forcefully for a prominent place for human rights on America’s foreign policy agenda, and he works tirelessly to defend U.S. foreign aid to nations plagued by disease, poverty, and hunger from politically-motivated budget cuts.
Ted Deutch and his wife of 22 years, Jill Deutch, have lived in South Florida since 1998. They reside in Boca Raton with their three children who attend Palm Beach County public schools. Born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Ted is the youngest son of Jean and the late Bernard Deutch, a World War II veteran who earned a Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School, Ted’s passion for public service earned him the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship.