Rep. Ted Deutch won’t seek re-election, accepts new job

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch will not seek re-election in November as he takes a new job as Chief Executive Officer of the American Jewish Committee, the Democratic congressman announced Monday.

Deutch, 55, represents Florida’s 22nd District, which covers parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, including the east coast from Fort Lauderdale up to Boca Raton.

“I will be forever grateful for the opportunity you have given me to serve our community and to serve our country,” Deutch said as part of a long statement on his website. “I have been touched and inspired by so many people I have been privileged to meet. I have seen the good that can be accomplished when we work together, and I am forever hopeful about our future. Serving as your representative has been the greatest honor of my life.”

Deutch is finishing his seventh term in Congress. He is chair of the House Committee on Ethics, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism, and senior member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The American Jewish Committee, which bills itself as “the leading global Jewish advocacy organization,” said Deutch will begin his work as CEO on Oct. 1.

“Ted’s deep and lifelong commitment to the Jewish community, Israel, and to the protection of democratic values is obvious to all who know him,” AJC President Harriet P. Schleifer said in a statement. “His shared passion for AJC’s mission and vision makes him a natural fit to advance our critical global work and to build on David Harris’s extraordinary legacy.”

Harris, who has led the AJC since 1990, is expected to remain CEO until Deutch takes over.

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