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Debbie Wasserman Schultz (born September 27, 1966) is an American politician. She is the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 23rd congressional district, a member of the Democratic Party and the Chair of the Democratic National Committee. She previously served in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. She is the first Jewish congresswoman elected from Florida. The district covers parts of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, including the densely populated coastal cities of Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach.
In 1988, Wasserman Schultz became an aide to Peter Deutsch at the beginning of his state legislative career. In 1992, Deutsch made a successful run for United States House of Representatives for Florida’s 20th District. Wasserman Schultz recalled getting a call from Deutsch at the time: “It was really amazing. He called me at home one day in the middle of the legislative session and he said, You could run in my race, your house is in my district.” Wasserman Schultz won 53 percent of the vote in a six-way Democratic primary and avoided a runoff. She went on to win the general election and succeeded Deutsch in Florida’s House of Representatives. At age 26, she became the youngest female legislator in the state’s history.