Ted Deutch

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Theodore E. Deutch
Theodore E. Deutch.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 21
In office
April 15, 2010-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorMario Diaz-Balart (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.16 in 2012
First elected2010
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,266,784
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Florida State Senate
High schoolLiberty High School (1984)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan
J.D.University of Michigan Law School
BirthdayMay 7, 1966
Place of birthBethlehem, Northampton County, Pa.
Net worth$764,511
Office website
Campaign website
Theodore E. "Ted" Deutch (b. May 7, 1966, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Deutch was elected by voters from Florida's 21st Congressional District.

Deutch ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 21st Congressional District.[1][2][3] He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010 from District 19.[4]

Deutch previously served in the Florida State Senate from 2007 to 2010.[4]

Deutch is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Deutch is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Deutch was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Liberty High School in 1984, Ted went on to study at the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School.[5]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Deutch serves on the following committees:[6][7]


Key votes

113th Congress

The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Deutch's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Deutch voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Deutch voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Deutch voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]


Voted "Yes" Deutch voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]


Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Deutch voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Deutch joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[16][17]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Deutch voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Deutch voted for HR 2775.[23]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Deutch voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[11]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Deutch voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Deutch voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Deutch voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes"Deutch voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Deutch voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats who voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[24]


On The Issues Vote Match

Ted Deutch's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Deutch is a Liberal Populist. Deutch received a score of 50 percent on personal issues and 13 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[25]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Deutch argued in support of President Barack Obama‘s request for authorization to use military force in Syria during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on September 4, 2013.[26]

“Congress is either going to uphold its duty to protect our national security or we’re going to retreat from our moral and strategic obligations...Inaction here, I believe, will dramatically harm our national security by emboldening the vile Syrian regime, its terrorist proxies and its Iranian patron."[26]

Deutch also said, “America’s credibility is on the line” not only in Syria but in Iran. If the resolution is voted down, America’s opposition to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons will be “meaningless."[26]

Social issues

SNAP challenge

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Deutch, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient.[27]

The SNAP Challenge encouraged participants to get a sense of what life is like for millions of low-income Americans facing hunger. By accepting the SNAP Challenge, participants committed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.[28]

Campaign themes


Deutch's campaign website listed the following issues:[29]

  • Social Security
Excerpt: "Retirees in South Florida and across America can count on Congressman Ted Deutch to protect Social Security. Ted is the author of the Preserving our Promise to Seniors Act, the most widely supported proposal in the Democratic Caucus to close Social Security's long-range shortfall. Rather than scrap the entire cap on contributions to Social Security immediately, the bill's responsible approach slowly phases out the cap on income subject to payroll taxes over a period of seven years."
  • Healthcare and Medicare
Excerpt: "Congressman Ted Deutch believes that implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the most important step we must take to expanding health care coverage in America. Ted understands that helping the 50 million Americans without health insurance access affordable coverage is an economic imperative."
  • Energy and Environment
Excerpt: "South Florida is blessed with a unique and beautiful natural environment, including our beaches and the national treasure of the Everglades, which are vital to our ecosystem and to the tourism that is essential to our local economy. For these reasons, proper environmental stewardship should be considered in every policy decision that our government makes."



See also: Florida's 19th Congressional District elections, 2014

Deutch is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


See also: Florida's 19th Congressional District elections, 2012

Deutch was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 21st District. Deutch was seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket.[30] The signature filing deadline was May 7, 2012, with the primary taking place on August 14, 2012. Deutch ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 14, 2012.[2] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[31]

U.S. House, Florida District 21 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTheodore E. Deutch Incumbent 77.8% 221,263
     Independent Cesear Henao 8.9% 25,361
     Independent W. Michael Trout 13.3% 37,776
Total Votes 284,400
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Deutch is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Deutch raised a total of $3,266,784 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[33]

Ted Deutch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 21) Won $1,264,158
2010 U.S. House (Florida, District 19) Won $2,002,626
Grand Total Raised $3,266,784


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Deutch's reports.[34]

Theodore E. Deutch (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$471,266.38$98,623.00$(103,493.44)$466,395.94
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$466,395.94$211,859.57$(118,386.73)$559,868.78
October Quarterly[37]October 13, 2013$559,868.78$142,486.00$(124,357.59)$577,997.19
Year-end[38]January 31, 2014$577,997$165,012$(120,668)$622,340
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$622,340$104,172$(138,766)$587,746
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Deutch's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Deutch won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Deutch's campaign committee raised a total of $1,264,158 and spent $921,298.[40] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[41]

Cost per vote

Deutch spent $4.16 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Deutch's campaign funds before the 20010 election.

Deutch won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Deutch's campaign committee raised a total of $2,002,626 and spent $1,874,220.[42]

U.S. House, Florida District 19, 2010 - Ted Deutch Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,002,626
Total Spent $1,874,220
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $85,761
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $85,861
Top contributors to Ted Deutch's campaign committee
Flo-Sun Inc$38,400
GL Homes of Florida$21,600
Boca Home Care$20,800
American Assn for Justice$20,000
Lipman Law Firm$19,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$263,921
Real Estate$153,680
Securities & Investment$90,850

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Deutch's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $394,022 and $1,135,000 . That averages to $764,511, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Deutch ranked as the 233rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[43] Between 2009 and 2012, Deutch's calculated net worth[44] decreased by an average of 13 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[45]

Ted Deutch Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-38%
Average annual growth:-13%[46]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[47]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Deutch is a "rank-and-file Democrat," as of June 13, 2013.[48]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[49]

Deutch most often votes with:

Deutch least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Deutch missed 112 of 2,155 roll call votes from April 2010 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[50]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Deutch paid his congressional staff a total of $1,124,876 in 2011. He ranks 153rd on the list of the lowest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 47th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Florida ranks 36th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[51]

Staff bonuses

According to an analysis by CNN, Deutch is one of nearly 25% of House members who gave their staff bonuses in 2012. Deutch's staff was given an apparent $77,001.84 in bonus money.[52]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Deutch ranked 50th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[53]


Deutch ranked 102nd in the liberal rankings.[54]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Theodore E. Deutch has voted with the Democratic Party 95.6% of the time, which ranked 54th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[55]


Deutch and his wife of 19 years, Jill, moved to South Florida in 1997. They live in West Boca Raton with their twin daughters, Gabrielle and Serena, and their son, Cole.[5]

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  44. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  45. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  47. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  54. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Mario Diaz-Balart (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 21
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Robert Wexler
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 19
Succeeded by
Trey Radel (R)