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Publication: Jewish Exponent
Date published: March 11, 2010

For Florida State Sen. Ted Deutch, Election Day's around the corner. On April 13, the 43-year-old Democrat is planning to face off with Republican Ed Lynch to represent the congressional district in southern Florida recently vacated by Robert Wexler.

Wexler, a high-profile Jewish lawmaker and Israel supporter, left the House in January to head the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, a think tank based in Washington, D.C.

Deutch, a Pennsylvania native, returned here last week to attend the 60th anniversary of Camp Ramah in the Poconos, as well as celebrate his mother's 86th birthday in nearby Bethlehem.

Politicking was also on tap, including a Center City meet-andgreet hosted by State Rep. Josh Shapiro (D-District 153), pro-Israel activist Marc Felgoise and political consultant Michael Bronstein.

In 2007, Deutch, then a first-term state lawmaker, wrote and managed to get passed comprehensive Iran and Sudan divestment legislation. As a result, the Florida state pension funds unloaded more than $1 billion in assets.

That same year, Deutch touted his Florida bill at a hearing of the Pennsylvania State Senate's finance committee, which was considering a similar measure. It still hasn't passed here, but it has made some progress.

Whoever wins the Florida race won't have much time to savor victory; he will have to defend the seat come November.

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