Ron DeSantis

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Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis, Official Portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Cliff Stearns
Personal details
Born Ronald Dion DeSantis
(1978-09-14) September 14, 1978 (age 37)
Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater Yale University
Harvard University
Religion Roman Catholicism
Awards Bronze Star
Iraq Campaign Medal
Website House website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 2004–present (Navy Reserve)
Rank US Navy O4 insignia.svg Lieutenant Commander
Battles/wars Iraq War

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[edit]

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.[1]

Military service[edit]

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.[2]

Journalist career[edit]

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[edit]

2012 election[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6] In the November general election, DeSantis defeated Democrat Heather Beaven 57%-43%, winning all four counties.[7]

Committee assignments[edit]


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.[8][9] In the report, the government would have to explain why it had decided not to enforce that law.[10] 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."[10]

In 2013 DeSantis signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any Global Warming legislation that would raise taxes.[11]

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."[12]

2016 U.S. Senate candidacy[edit]

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.[13] DeSantis has been endorsed by the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.[14]

Personal life[edit]

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.


Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Cliff Stearns
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
John Delaney
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Tammy Duckworth