|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Cliff Stearns|
|Born||Ronald Dion DeSantis
September 14, 1978
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
|Alma mater||Yale University
Iraq Campaign Medal
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||2004–present (Navy Reserve)|
Ronald Dion "Ron" DeSantis (born September 14, 1978) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life and education
DeSantis was born in 1978 in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Dunedin High School in Dunedin in 1997. He matriculated at Yale University, where he was captain of the varsity baseball team in his senior year. He was also a member of the Phi chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon at Yale University, the same fraternity as 5 former U.S Presidents including George W. Bush. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in History in 2001. He earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School cum laude in 2005.
Ron DeSantis was sworn into the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Navy at the US Naval Reserve Center in Dallas, Texas in 2004 while still a student at the Harvard Law School, completing U.S. Naval Justice School in 2005. Later that year, he received orders from Trial Service Office Command South East at the Naval Station Mayport, Florida as a military prosecutor. In 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant (O-3). He worked for the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Commander (JTF-GTMO), working directly with incarcerated terrorists at the Guantanamo Bay Joint Detention Facility.
In 2007, Lt. DeSantis reported to the Naval Special Warfare Command Group in Coronado, California, where he was assigned to SEAL Team One and deployed to Iraq with the troop surge as the Legal Advisor to the SEAL Commander, Special Operations Task Force-West in Fallujah.
He returned to CONUS in April 2008, at which time he was reassigned to the Naval Region Legal Service. He earned an appointment with the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida. Lt. DeSantis was assigned as a Trial Defense Counsel until his Honorable Discharge from active duty in February 2010. He concurrently accepted a Reserve commission as a Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General Corps, in the US Navy Reserve. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
He has authored a book entitled Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama, which was published in 2011. He has also been teaching U.S. Military Law at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. His writing has appeared in National Review Online, Washington Times, American Spectator, Human Events, and American Thinker.
U.S. House of Representatives
After redistricting, he decided to run in the open Florida's 6th congressional district. He has been endorsed by former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, U.S. Senator Mike Lee, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, Club for Growth, blogger Erick Erickson, businessman Donald Trump, and former U.S. Congressman Adam Putnam. He won the six-candidate Republican primary with 39% of the vote. The runner-up, State Representative Fred Costello, obtained 23% of the vote, 16 points behind DeSantis.
The 6th district was Republican leaning. In 2008, Republican presidential nominee John McCain would be projected to have won the newly redrawn 6th district with 53% of the vote. In 2010, Rick Scott is projected to have won the CD with 54% of the vote. In the November general election, DeSantis defeated Democrat Heather Beaven 57%-43%, winning all four counties.
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Committee on the Judiciary
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
On January 29, 2014, DeSantis introduced into the House the Faithful Execution of the Law Act of 2014 (H.R. 3973; 113th Congress), a bill that would direct the United States Department of Justice to report to the United States Congress whenever any federal agency refrains from enforcing laws or regulations for any reason. In the report, the government would have to explain why it had decided not to enforce that law. DeSantis spoke in favor of the bill, arguing that "President Obama has not only failed to uphold several of our nation's laws, he has vowed to continue to do so in order to enact his unpopular agenda... The American people deserve to know exactly which laws the Obama administration is refusing to enforce and why."
Congressman DeSantis recently spoke at a Ripon Society forum and addressed the 2013 IRS scandal and tax reform. DeSantis echoed his colleagues on understanding the main part of government. "Part of having a constitutional government is that you have an accountable government", he stated. He went on to say that he "think(s) we make a huge mistake if we try to generate political outcomes, thinking that it will help us politically or that we’re trying to bring somebody down. I think it’s necessary if we are just trying to find the truth and hold individuals accountable. I think we need to see more of that in this government."
2016 U.S. Senate candidacy
On May 6, 2015, DeSantis announced that he was running for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio, who is not running for reelection due to his bid for the U.S. presidency. DeSantis has been endorsed by the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.
He married Casey Black DeSantis in 2010. His wife is a local Emmy-winning television host of the magazine style talk show out of Jacksonville, First Coast Living. They live in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
- "H.R. 3973 – CBO". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- "H.R. 3972 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- Kasperowicz, Pete (7 March 2014). "House targets Obama's law enforcement". The Hill. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
- "This is something that sends chills down regular Americans’ spines". The Ripon Society. May 21, 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- Stein, Letita (May 6, 2015). "Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis running for U.S. Senate". Reuters. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
- "Video: Club for Growth backs DeSantis". The Hill. May 6, 2015. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
- Congressman Ron DeSantis official U.S. House website
- Ron DeSantis for Congress
- Ron DeSantis at DMOZ
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th congressional district
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