Why He Matters
Wexler, a seven-term representative who calls himself a "fire-breathing liberal," says he's a friend of President Barack Obama and Gov. Charlie Crist (R). In January 2010, Wexler resigned from the House and joined the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation as President.
Wexler's first foray into politics began when he was elected to the Florida state Senate at the age of 29. He wasn't shy with his views, and that continued once he joined the U.S. House. As a passionate defender of President Bill Clinton during the 1998 impeachment process, Wexler became a cable-TV star and Democratic hero. This enthusiasm continued in 2000, when he became a critic of the presidential election recount in Florida.