Rep. Deutch to Lead Democrats on Ethics Committee; Returns as Ranking Democrat of Middle East Subcommittee
(Washington) Today, Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) was selected to serve in two significant leadership roles in the U.S. House of Representatives. A testament to his standing among his colleagues as he begins his fifth term, Congressman Deutch will serve as Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee and continue to lead the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa as Ranking Member.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the new appointment this morning. “Congressman Ted Deutch’s integrity commands the respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle,” Leader Pelosi said. “In his service on the Ethics Committee, Congressman Deutch has shown he is tough and fair, and in his new role as Ranking Member he will be a pillar of ethics and accountability.” As the lead Democrat, Congressman Deutch will ensure that all members of the House of Representatives abide by the House ethics rules and are held accountable for violations.
“In a time when ethical standards are one of the highest priorities for Americans across the country, I am committed to ensuring that the members of the House of Representatives are keeping their commitments to those they were elected to serve," said Congressman Deutch. "I’m honored and humbled to serve in this role.”
In addition, this morning his Democratic colleagues on the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted for him to serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa for his third consecutive term. Among his responsibilities as the Ranking Democrat, the Congressman will continue to work to strengthen our national security and interests across the region, call attention to human rights abuses and humanitarian crises, and exert oversight over the Executive Branch’s foreign policy decisions.
“I’m proud of the bipartisan work we were able to achieve last Congress in the Subcommittee with my colleague Chairman Ros-Lehtinen and I look forward to continuing this productivity in this Congress," said Congressman Deutch. "From guaranteeing Israel’s security and ensuring strict compliance with the Iran nuclear deal to calling attention to the human rights abuses of the Assad regime and fighting terrorist groups like ISIS, this Subcommittee’s jurisdiction covers an active region with serious national security implications for the United States.”