Robert Wexler finished first among four candidates in the 1996 Democratic primary for the 19th District U.S. House seat with 47 percent, but was forced into a runoff with state Sen. Peter Weinstein who polled 29 percent. Wexler won the runoff 65-35 percent. He won the general election with 66 percent of the vote, defeating Republican Beverly Kennedy.
Wexler was unopposed in 1998. He was re-elected in 2000, defeating Republican Morris Kent Thompson in 2000 with 72 percent of the vote.
Wexler defeated Republican Jack Merkl, a retired oil company executive from Boca Raton, in 2002, with 72 percent of the vote.
Wexler ran unsuccessfully for the Palm Beach County Commission in 1988, but was elected to the Florida Senate in 1990 and re-elected in 1994.