Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) officially submitted his resignation letter on Friday, as he leaves Congress to go lead the American Jewish Committee.
Deutch, who first began serving in Congress in 2010, announced in February that he was leaving the lower chamber to become CEO of the American Jewish Committee, an advocacy organization.
The Florida Democrat’s resignation takes effect at close of business on Friday, and he is slated to assume his new role on Saturday. He resigned roughly three months before his term was set to expire.
Once he departs the lower chamber, the party breakdown will be 220-212 in favor of Democrats — shrinking their margin to just three votes.
In a tweet on Friday, the outgoing congressman wrote “My last day in Congress…” and linked the song “One Last Time” from the musical “Hamilton.”
Deutch reflected on his more than 12 years in the House in a farewell letter.
“When I was first elected to serve as your Representative over twelve years ago, I promised to represent your interests in Congress as best I could. I arrived in Washington in 2010, the lone freshman member in the middle of the 111th Congress. I never could have expected then how many of you I would meet, how many of your stories would shape our nation’s policy, and how many victories we would achieve together as a community,” he wrote.
Perhaps one of the events Deutch will be remembered most in connection to is the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which is in his district. He mentioned the massacre, which killed 17 people, in his farewell letter.
“Even more important than our accomplishments are the moments that led to them: the moments we truly came together as a community,” the outgoing congressman wrote.
“There was the horrific day on February 14th, 2018, when 17 members of our community had their lives cut short in a senseless act of violence. What the people in our community—especially the young people—did after that tragedy was unforgettable, not only for all of us in South Florida, but for our entire nation. You created a sense of community and empowerment that shaped our national discourse, and you raised your voices, together, to speak out to prevent the next tragedy,” he added.
Deutch’s district — which was previously the 22nd but became the 23rd following redistricting — will be without a representative in the House until January, when the winner of a November election will assume the seat. Former Florida state Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D) is running against entrepreneur Joe Budd (R).
Cook Political Report rates the seat “solid Democrat.”
I will be voting for Joe Budd, Douche never did anything for this district except be a yes man for the dem heirarchy.
Broward county is not as ”solid blue’ as the fake news reports. I dont have a single ‘blue’ friend or collegue down here, we are staunchly MAGA. I will not vote again for the RINO Rubio however, let the chips fall where they may.
Attention Republicans: Here is a perfect time to get out the vote and go help Joe Budd secure that seat for Conservatives. GET OUT THE VOTE!