|Governor of Florida|
From: January 8, 2019 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former U.S. Representative from Florida's 6th Congressional District|
From: January 3, 2013 – September 10, 2018
|Spouse(s)||Casey DeSantis (since 2010)|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Service Years|| 2004–2010 (active)|
|Rank|| Lieutenant Commander|
Ronald Dion DeSantis (born September 14, 1978) is the incumbent 46th Governor of Florida, serving since 2019. He defeated rising Democrat star Andrew Gillum in the 2018 midterms. He previously served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from January 2013 to September 2018. He is a member of the Republican Party.
DeSantis was born in Jacksonville, Florida. He married his wife Casey in 2010, with whom he has two daughters and one son. DeSantis is a Catholic. DeSantis is a brilliant man, having graduated from both Harvard and Yale Universities.
DeSantis moved quickly to implement conservative policies as Florida's governor. By the end of DeSantis's first month in office, he had already appointed three justices to the Florida Supreme Court, dramatically shifting it from a liberal to a conservative court. On January 31, 2019, DeSantis signed an executive order to end Common Core. DeSantis removed many of former Governor Rick Scott's political appointees, which the latter made without DeSantis's permission shortly before DeSantis took office. In his first two months in office, DeSantis made many other conservative reforms, including deregulation, promoting lower taxes, posthumously pardoning wrongly convicted black people, and pushed back against the government-subsidized sugar industry. Early in his tenure, DeSantis oversaw a state "deregathon" which significantly reduced the state regulatory burden.
In 2019, DeSantis encouraged Florida sheriffs to increase their cooperation with ICE, though he did nothing to push through a bill to establish E-Verify in Florida despite campaigning on it. On June 14, 2019, DeSantis signed a bill banning "sanctuary" cities in Florida. As governor, DeSantis associated himself with Angel families while advocating for an E-Verify law. He also ordered Florida prisons to begin identifying criminal illegal aliens in custody.
On May 8, 2019, DeSantis signed a bill into law allowing local school districts to arm their teachers. In July 2019, DeSantis signed a bill allowing medics to legally carry guns when in dangerous situations.
In December 2019, DeSantis announced civics requirements in Florida public high schools.
In addition to promoting conservative policies, DeSantis saw high approval ratings. The high ratings have caused speculation that he may seek to run for President in 2024 (or maybe 2028, after completing the maximum two terms he would be allowed as Florida Governor).
He has also been very active in keeping businesses open (or letting them re-open quickly) during the CCP flu pandemic, even despite criticism that he was putting his state's large senior population at risk; notably he declared professional wrestling matches to be "essential businesses" (World Wrestling Entertainment operates a major training facility in the state, while All Elite Wrestling and Impact Wrestling — two other professional wrestling promotions — are based there).
On May 12, 2021, DeSantis announced that he would be granting pardons to anyone who had been unjustly charged and fined for refusing to wear face masks or social distance in areas of Florida that were imposing unconstitutional CCP flu edicts.
In 2021, DeSantis took decisive actions to counter the leftist Biden administration.
In March 2022, DeSantis signalled support to strip the Disney corporation of its status as an independent government in the Orlando area after Disney's attack on the people and state of Florida's democratic processes. The Disney corporation is a vocal advocate for indoctrination of children by public school teachers in the age group of kindergartens through the third grade, into the homosexual agenda and transgender lifestyles. The state of Florida moved to restrict such child abuse.
On May 9, 2022, as part of DeSantis' education agenda, DeSantis signed a bill, Florida House Bill 395, into law which designates November 7th as "Victims of Communism Day", honoring those who perished under communism, and would require public high schools in the state to teach about the evils of communist and totalitarian regimes.
Possible 2024 Presidential Campaign
DeSantis is seen by many mainstream conservatives as a potential candidate for the 2024 presidential election. This has allegedly led to behind-the-scenes tensions between him and President Trump, though this is probably just a claim fueled by the MSM in an effort to drive division between the two. Some have stated that DeSantis would be the Establishment choice for 2024, as he poses less of a threat to the system than President Trump, and his governance as president would likely be that of another generic Republican.
In November 2021, former Trump campaign advisor and lobbyist Roger Stone publicly accused DeSantis of political posturing to set up a possible run in 2024, and threatened to sabotage DeSantis' gubernatorial re-election campaign by running as a third-party candidate for Florida governor unless DeSantis pledged not to run against Trump. DeSantis supposedly privately mocking Stone's status as a convicted felon, despite evidence that Stone's prosecution was the result of a Deep State smear campaign and the fact that he had been pardoned by Trump. Those remarks were supposedly made behind closed doors, as DeSantis probably knew that making them public would potentially end his political career. Stone in turn responded by demanding that DeSantis apologize for those remarks. As of January 2022, DeSantis had not issued such an apology. Stone also insulted DeSantis, calling him a "Yale Harvard fat boy" who "can't get out of his own way" and slanderously accused DeSantis having an affair with former Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson while he had been out of the public eye, despite the fact that DeSantis had been helping his wife Casey during her struggle with breast cancer during that time.
In January 2022, more rumors of tensions between Trump and DeSantis were spread after Trump called Republican politicians "gutless" for refusing to reveal whether or not they received a vaccine booster, a remark many perceived to be directed at DeSantis. DeSantis also stated that one of his "biggest regrets" as governor was not speaking up more against Trump's early COVID lockdown policies, which were strongly influenced by the advice of people like Anthony Fauci.
- If Democrats want to win, they need a black politician on the ticket, Theodore R. Johnson, The Washington Post, March 13, 2020.
- Stone, Tyler (June 4, 2021). DeSantis: Florida Chooses Freedom Over Faucism. RealClearPolitics. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
- Observer Staff (August 1, 2012). CANDIDATE Q&A: U.S. House 6, Ron DeSantis (R). PalmCoastObserver. Retrieved February 24, 2022
- Campo-Flores, Arian (January 10, 2019). New Florida Governor Moves Quickly With Supreme Court Pick, Environmental Plan. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
- Wilson, Reid (April 23, 2019). New governors chart ambitious paths in first 100 days. The Hill. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
- Varney, James (January 22, 2019). DeSantis completes makeover of Florida Supreme Court. The Washington Times. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Berry, Susan (January 31, 2019). Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Executive Order to Eliminate Common Core. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
- Patrick, Craig (January 31, 2019). Florida Gov. DeSantis signs executive order scrapping Common Core. Fox News. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
- Hillyer, Quin (February 1, 2019). Florida Gov. DeSantis puts Common Core out of our misery. Washington Examiner. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- Berry, Susan (February 27, 2019). Gov. Ron DeSantis Removes Rick Scott’s Appointees Across Florida. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Murdock, Deroy (March 8, 2019). The Tireless Ron DeSantis. National Review. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
- Murdock, Deroy (March 10, 2019). Unpredictable Florida governor Ron DeSantis cleans house and bucks status quo to make state great. Fox News (from the National Review). Retrieved March 11, 2019.
- Harper, Jennifer (March 19, 2019). Ron DeSantis shows how it's done. The Washington Times. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
- Governor Ron DeSantis, DBPR Announce Fee Reduction for Licensed Real Estate Professionals. FLgov.com. June 5, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
- Cadman, Dan (April 4, 2019). Florida Sheriffs Encouraged to Cooperate with ICE. Center for Immigration Studies. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Bleau, Hannah (June 14, 2019). Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Sweeping Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
- Campo-Flores, Arian (June 14, 2019). Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Sanctuary-City Ban. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
- Campisi, Jessica (June 14, 2019). DeSantis signs bill banning sanctuary cities. The Hill. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
- Nguyen Ly, Mimi (June 15, 2019). Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities. The Epoch Times. Retrieved June 15, 2019.
- Adelmann, Bob (June 17, 2019). Florida Governor Signs Ban on Sanctuary Cities; President Trump Approves. The New American. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
- Cadman, Dan (June 18, 2019). Florida Enacts an Anti-Sanctuary Law. Center for Immigration Studies. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
- Folley, Aris (October 1, 2019). Florida law banning sanctuary cities takes full effect. The Hill. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
- Ozimek, Tom (October 2, 2019). Florida Law Banning Sanctuary Cities Enters Into Full Force. The Epoch Times. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
- Vadum, Matthew (October 11, 2019). Federal Judge Upholds Florida Law That Prohibits Sanctuary Jurisdictions. The Epoch Times. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
- Binder, John (November 25, 2019). Ron DeSantis Joins Angel Families to Demand Mandatory E-Verify, Secure ‘Rising Wages’ for Florida Workers. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
- Calvan, Bobby Caina (November 25, 2019). Florida governor ties E-Verify to public safety. The Washington Times (from the Associated Press). Retrieved November 25, 2019.
- Madden, Nate (November 26, 2019). While Congress remains gridlocked on the immigration crisis, Florida’s Republican governor forges ahead with reforms. Conservative Review. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Binder, John (November 26, 2019). Florida Prisons to Begin Identifying Criminal Illegal Aliens in Custody. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
- Allegri, Samuel (November 27, 2019). New Agreement Will Give Some Florida Prison Guards Immigration-Related Authority. The Epoch Times. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Hawkins, Awr (May 8, 2019). Florida Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Armed Teachers for Classroom Defense. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
- Chamberlain, Samuel (May 8, 2019). Florida Gov. DeSantis signs bill letting more teachers carry guns in school. Fox News. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
- Axelrod, Tal (May 8, 2019). Florida gov signs bill to arm teachers. The Hill. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
- Hawkins, Awr (July 7, 2019). New Law Allows Florida Medics to Carry Firearms for Self-Defense. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
- Glick, Caroline (June 4, 2019). Caroline Glick: Ron DeSantis Takes on the BDS Movement. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- DeSantis announces civics requirements for High School seniors. Fox 4. December 10, 2019. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
- Ciccotta, Tom (December 14, 2019). Florida Will Require All High School Students to Take Civics Course. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 14, 2019.
- Pan, Gq (December 16, 2019). Florida Governor: High School Seniors Should Pass a Civics Exam Similar to Citizenship Test. The Epoch Times. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
- Meads, Timothy (October 31, 2019). Florida's DeSantis Soars in Popularity; 56 Percent of Democrats, 82 Percent of Hispanics Approve. Townhall. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
- Florida Gov. DeSantis to Pardon COVID Violations at the Gateway Pundit
- Holt, Nanette (December 19, 2021). DeSantis Took on Washington in 2021. The Epoch Times. Retrieved January 1, 2022.
- CS/HB 395 - "Victims of Communism Day" www.myfloridahouse.gov. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
- King, Ryan (9 May, 2022). DeSantis signs bill mandating Florida schools teach 'evils of communism'. Washington Examiner. Retrieved May 9, 2022.