Ron DeSantis

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Ron DeSantis
Gov. Ron DeSantis (cropped).jpg
46th Governor of Florida
Assumed office
January 8, 2019
LieutenantJeanette 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
Ronald Dion DeSantis

(1978-09-14) September 14, 1978 (age 43)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Casey DeSantis (m. 2010)
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, 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.

He ran in Florida's 2016 U.S. Senate election until incumbent Senator Marco Rubio's announcement that he would seek reelection to the Senate.[1][2]

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.[3] 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 COVID-19[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.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. 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.
  2. Gancarski, A.G. (June 22, 2016). "Reports: Ron DeSantis to run for re-election in CD 6". Florida Politics. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  3. "DeSantis makes it official, enters governor's race".
  4. ""Coronavirus ravage Florida, as Ron DeSantis sidelined scientists and followed Trump"". Washington Post.

Other websites[change | change source]