Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) on Sunday backed state Sen. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) to replace him in the House of Representatives after he steps down in January. 

Wexler resigned just over two weeks ago to head the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, a Washington think-tank.

"I want to especially thank Congressman Robert Wexler, who has done such an extraordinary job representing the people of the 19th Congressional District over the last thirteen years,' Deutch said in a release. "Every day in Congress, he fights for the seniors and families of Palm Beach and Broward Counties. His support and commitment to Israel is one that I will passionately continue. His commitment to the people is a model for how I want to serve in Congress."

Deutch also received the backing of Florida Democratic Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings and Ron Klein, all of whom represent South Florida.

Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.) has yet to set a date for the special election to replace Wexler. Former Broward County Commissioner Ben Graber is the only other Democratic candidate to officially announce. Businessman Ed Lynch (R) is the only Republican running in the heavily Democratic district.