|46th Governor of Florida|
|Assumed office |
January 8, 2019
|Preceded by||Rick Scott|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 6th district
January 3, 2013 – September 10, 2018
|Preceded by||Cliff Stearns|
|Succeeded by||Michael Waltz|
Ronald Dion DeSantis
September 14, 1978
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Casey DeSantis (m. 2010)
|Education||Yale University (BA)|
Harvard University (JD)
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||2004–2010 (Active)|
|Unit||Judge Advocate General's Corps|
Iraq Campaign Medal
Ronald Dion DeSantis (born September 14, 1978) is an American politician, former Navy lawyer, and author. DeSantis is the 46th and current Governor of Florida. He was the U.S. Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district from 2013 to 2018. He is a member of the Republican Party.
As a congressman, he co-founded the Freedom Caucus, which is made up of conservative-leaning politicians.
DeSantis officially announced his candidacy for Governor on January 5, 2018, and was endorsed by President Donald Trump. In August 2018, DeSantis won the Republican nomination and defeated Democrat Andrew Gillum in the general election in November 2018. At 41, DeSantis is the youngest current governor of any US State.
Handling of COVID19[change | change source]
DeSantis has been criticized for his reaction to COVID19. He delayed stay-at-home orders in Florida to April, and lifted them later. Even as COVID19 cases increased by a large amount in Florida, DeSantis relied mainly on the advice of his wife and his chief of staff.
References[change | change source]
- DeBonis, Mike; O'Keefe, Ed; Sullivan, Sean (June 22, 2016). "Marco Rubio will seek Senate reelection, reversing pledge not to run". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- Gancarski, A.G. (June 22, 2016). "Reports: Ron DeSantis to run for re-election in CD 6". Florida Politics. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
- "DeSantis makes it official, enters governor's race".
- ""Coronavirus ravage Florida, as Ron DeSantis sidelined scientists and followed Trump"". Washington Post.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Campaign website
- Ron DeSantis at the Open Directory Project
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Vote Smart
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission