Florida Rep. Deutch won't run for reelection, becomes 31st House Democrat to step down in 2022

Deutch becomes the 31st Democrat to announce he will not run again.

Updated: March 1, 2022 - 3:47pm

Florida Rep. Ted Deutch says he won't seek reelection in November, making him the 31 House Democrat to drop out this year.

Deutch, the chairman of the House Ethics Committee, has served in Congress since 2010. He will join the American Jewish Committee, according to CBS News.

Last year, Deutch was one of the members of his party to publicly criticize fellow House Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib for anti-Semitic comments the Michigan congresswoman and Muslim made during a chamber debate regarding Israeli defense funds.

"I cannot allow one of my colleagues to stand on the floor of the House of Representatives and label the Jewish democratic state of Israel an apartheid state," he said. 

Democrats are widely expected to lose control of the lower chamber in November, with more than twice the number of retiring members than Republicans. Fourteen House Republicans will not seek reelection, with half running for higher office.

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