If — big if — Dems win, Florida’s Ted Deutch is poised to assume power

(Miami Herald) There is growing hope among congressional Democrats that President Trump’s historic unpopularity and the ongoing Russian investigations may allow them to retake control of the U.S. House. Republicans have a 246-187 edge in members, so a swing of 30 seats is what the Democrats would need in the 2018 elections.

In Miami-Dade County, there are two seats the Democrats can pick up. Should the Democrats regain control of the House, the most important Democrat in Florida you may never have heard of will be Rep. Ted Deutch, whose district encompasses parts of Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Before running for the Florida Senate in 2006, Deutch was a successful lawyer for a large firm. In the state Senate, he quickly gained bipartisan respect for his evenhanded approach to legislation and his accessibility. In 2010, when then-U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler resigned to pursue opportunities in the private sector, Deutch was the logical choice to be his successor.

Upon election to Congress, Deutch chose to be a “workhorse,” that is, a new member of Congress who chooses to methodically earn respect among his peers by learning policy and demonstrating expertise.