Rep. Ted Deutsch resigned from Congress, marking the premature end of his congressional career after more than 12 years in the House.
Deutch, a Democrat from Boca Raton, had announced his decision not to seek re-election in February. Deutch had planned to resign during the recess of the House for the next election to become the CEO of the American Jewish Committee.
With offices closing on Friday, the House is expected to be on recess until mid-November.
“As I leave these storied halls for the last time, serving you — my neighbors, friends and constituents — is what I will do most above all else,” Deutch wrote in his resignation letter. “It has been the honor of my life to serve the South Florida community and the American people in Congress.”
Deutch also spoke about the ups and downs of his tenure, including the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
“What people in our community — especially young people — did after this tragedy was unforgettable, not just for all of us in South Florida, but for our entire nation,” Deutch wrote. “You have created a sense of community and empowerment that has shaped our national discourse, and you have raised your voices, together, to speak out and prevent the next tragedy.”
In his final speech to the House, delivered last week, Deutch spoke about January 6, 2021, and the partisanship that has come to define that era.
“The battles here seem important and often all-consuming. The trail of stalled progress is infuriating,” Deutch said. “But what this body of government is able to do for our constituency, as rare as it may seem, is important. It’s more important than me, it’s more important than my successor, it’s more important than any of us. I’ve been here long enough to see it’s worth fighting for.
Deutch was elected to the Florida Senate in 2007 and left in April 2010 after winning a special election for the United States House. He has served in the House since, representing various iterations of the district from the 19th congressional district, the 21st congressional district, and now the 22nd congressional district.
Until his resignation, Deutch served as chairman of the House Ethics Committee and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa and Countering Global Terrorism. He is also a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee.
Deutch’s seat will remain vacant until after the midterm election. His successor will either be a Democrat Jared Moskowitz or republican Joe Bud. However, the redesigned 23rd congressional district favor the Democrats to two digits, by analyses.