Jewish rookie making waves in Congress


A leading political newspaper chose a Jewish Democrat as its congressional rookie of the year.

The Politico named Ron Klein of Florida for his policy ideas, knowledge of how to wield political power and fund-raising ability.

Klein had also notably broken with his Democratic colleagues to push a joint resolution with Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) condemning the threat that Iran poses in Latin America.

Klein, a self-described pro-business Democrat, represents a district that includes wealthy neighborhoods in Palm Beach and the working-class factories of Fort Lauderdale.

He introduced legislation to help stabilize insurance for homeowners in hurricane-prone districts.

“There is a solution for every single problem,” Klein told The Politico. “We sat down with various groups, talked about the insurance crisis and said, ‘We’re going to find an answer.’ ”

Klein’s colleagues on Capitol Hill described the 14-year veteran of the Florida Legislature as energetic and knowledgeable.

Klein, who has been known to spend hours making fund-raising calls, has in excess of $1.4 million in campaign funds on hand, according to Federal Election Commission records.



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