The list of major heroes of public affairs in 2019 would include the following in no special order:
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of California
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California
Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings of Maryland
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York
Former President Jimmy Carter of Georgia
Former President Barack Obama of Illinois
Former Vice President Joe Biden of Maryland
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Representative Ted Deutch of Florida
Representative Eric Swalwell of California
In the 113th Congress, due to meet on January 3, there will be a total of 34 people of Jewish heritage serving over the two years of that Congress.
There will be 12 Senators and 22 House members, with the only Republican being House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.
The 12 Senators include newly appointed Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii, just appointed and sworn in yesterday for a two year term, before Schatz has to run for the remaining two years of the term of former Senator Daniel Inouye.
The other eleven Jewish Senators include:
Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein of California
Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut
Michael Bennet of Colorado
Ben Cardin of Maryland
Carl Levin of Michigan
Al Franken of Minnesota
Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey
Charles Schumer of New York
Ron Wyden of Oregon
Bernie Sanders of Vermont
Among the House members are:
Henry Waxman of California
Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Alan Grayson and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida
Jan Schakowsky of Illinois
Sander Levin of Michigan
Eliot Engel, Steve Israel, Nita Lowey and Jerrold Nadler of New York
Jewish members of the two houses of Congress come from:
South Palm Beach Country and Northern Broward County in Florida were fortunate to have Robert Wexler as their Congressman from the beginning of 1997 to the beginning of 2010! Wexler chose to leave and become engaged in the promotion of Middle East peace through leadership of a Middle East organization dedicated to that endeavor!
But as of April 15, the Congressional district I am a resident of has been blessed to have former State Senator Ted Deutch as its new Congressman, and already he has been successful in pushing through rebates for homeowners nationwide who have been victims of nature, including hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and other natural disasters!
Imagine, it has only been three weeks since Deutch took the oath, and already he has had an impact! 🙂
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has appointed Deutch to the same committees that Wexler was on, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary, arguably the two best committees to be a member of in the House of Representatives!
Deutch has pledged to work against Iran and for Israel’s security, and also to support civil rights and abortion rights!
This is fantastic news, and Deutch will be a worthy successor to Robert Wexler and represent his district in an exceptional manner! 🙂