Ron DeSantis

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Ron DeSantis
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Official portrait, 2020
46th Governor of Florida
Assumed office
January 8, 2019
Lieutenant GovernorJeanette Núñez
Preceded byRick Scott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th district
In office
January 3, 2013 – September 10, 2018
Preceded byCliff Stearns
Succeeded byMichael Waltz
Personal details
Born
Ronald Dion DeSantis

(1978-09-14) September 14, 1978 (age 44)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Casey DeSantis (m. 2009)
Children3
RelativesChristina DeSantis
(sister)
DeSantis family
ResidenceFlorida Governor's Mansion
EducationYale University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service2004–2010 (Active)
2010–present (Reserve)
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Lieutenant Commander
UnitJudge Advocate General's Corps
Battles/warsIraq War
AwardsBronze Star
Iraq Campaign Medal

Ronald Dion DeSantis (born September 14, 1978) is an American politician, military officer, and attorney who is the 46th and current governor of Florida since 2019.[1] As a member of the Republican Party, he was previously a congressman from Florida's 6th congressional district from 2013 to 2018.[2][3][4][5][6]

Biography[change | change source]

Early life and education[change | change source]

Ronald Dion DeSantis was born on September 14, 1978 in Jacksonville, Florida to Karen Rogers DeSantis and Ronald D. DeSantis Sr.

He is of Italian and English descent and his great great-grandparents migrated to the United States during the early 1900's between the late 1910's. During his childhood he late grew up in Dunedin and Orlando, Florida and he was a member of Little League, as he was a baseball player during his youth for the 1991 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

DeSantis attended schools and universities such as, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School Dunedin High School, Yale University, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Darlington School, and Harvard Law School and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degree.

Military Service (2004–2010)[change | change source]

DeSantis volunteered and joined the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Judge Advocates Generals Corps for the Naval Station Mayport and also worked for the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay Joint Detention Facility, and Naval Special Warfare Command as a military lieutenant.[7]

He was deployed to the Iraq War along with other colleague troops in 2007 and later returned to the United States in 2008. DeSantis served as a naval and military officer from 2004 until his honorable discharge in February 2010.[8]

Political career (2013–present)[change | change source]

United States Representative (2013–2018)[change | change source]

DeSantis previously served as a congressman for Florida's 6th congressional district and he was the chairman of ten different committee agenda assignments for the 114th United States Congress. He served as a congressman for the state's congressional district for five years from 2013 until 2018.[9]

Governor of Florida[change | change source]

In January 2018, He officially announced his candidacy for governor to succeed term limited governor Rick Scott and had chosen Florida congresswoman Jeanette Nuñez[10]as his running mate for lieutenant governor. In August 2018, DeSantis won the republican primary in the general election.

In November 2018, DeSantis defeated Tallahassee mayor and democratic candidate Andrew Gillum in the gubernatorial race.[11] He was officially sworn in as the 46th governor of Florida on January 8, 2019.[12][13][14] [15][16]

In November 2021, DeSantis launched his reelection campaign to a second term as governor.[17][18][19]

On November 8, 2022, he defeated former Florida governor and democratic candidate Charlie Crist to a second term as governor with Jeanette Nuñez as his running mate in the 2022 election.[20][21][22][23][24][25]

Marriage, children, and personal life[change | change source]

DeSantis had met Casey Black at Naval Station Mayport when he was a naval officer and they got married in September 2009, at Disney World. They have three children together, two daughters named Madison and Mamie DeSantis, and a son named Mason DeSantis.[26]

DeSantis has a younger sister named Christina Marie DeSantis, but she passed away in May 2015 at the age of 30 in London, United Kingdom.[27][28]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ron DeSantis sworn in as Florida's 46th governor | PHOTOS". www.tallahassee.com. Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  2. "Ron DeSantis". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  3. "Ron DeSantis". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  4. "Join Our Fight!". Ron DeSantis for Governor. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  5. "Florida Governor Ron DeSantis". Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  6. report, Staff. "Gov. Ron DeSantis sworn in; inaugural address includes promises to protect environment". Treasure Coast. Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  7. "Ronald Dion DeSantis - Florida Department of State". dos.myflorida.com. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  8. "Ronald Dion DeSantis - Florida Department of State". dos.myflorida.com. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  9. "Ron DeSantis". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  10. "Florida gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2018 (August 28 Republican primary)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  11. "Florida gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2018 (August 28 Republican primary)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  12. "Ron DeSantis". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  13. "Join Our Fight!". Ron DeSantis for Governor. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  14. "Florida Governor Ron DeSantis". Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  15. Kennedy, John. "Ron DeSantis sworn in as Florida's 46th governor". The Ledger. Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  16. "Ron DeSantis sworn in as Florida's 46th governor | PHOTOS". www.tallahassee.com. Retrieved 2022-10-21.
  17. "Join Our Fight!". Ron DeSantis for Governor. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  18. "Florida gubernatorial election, 2022 (August 23 Republican primary)". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  19. Contorno, Steve (2021-11-08). "Florida Gov. DeSantis officially launches 2022 reelection bid | CNN Politics". CNN. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  20. "Florida Governor Election Results". The New York Times. 2022-11-08. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  21. "DeSantis wins 2nd term as Florida governor". Fox 8 Cleveland WJW. 2022-11-09. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  22. "DeSantis, Rubio solidify GOP control in Florida with Tuesday wins". TODAY.com. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  23. Allen, Greg (2022-11-08). "Republican Ron DeSantis wins reelection as Florida's Governor". NPR. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  24. Contorno, Steve (2022-11-09). "Ron DeSantis will win reelection as Florida governor, CNN projects | CNN Politics". CNN. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  25. "Ron DeSantis wins governor's race in Florida". PBS NewsHour. 2022-11-08. Retrieved 2022-11-09.
  26. "Join Our Fight!". Ron DeSantis for Governor. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  27. "Ron DeSantis' sister dies". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2022-10-20.
  28. "Christina Marie DeSANTIS Obituary (2015) Tampa Bay Times". Legacy.com. Retrieved 2022-10-20.

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Official websites[change | change source]

  1. "Ron DeSantis". National Governors Association. Retrieved 2022-10-20.