|Ronald Dion “Ron” DeSantis|
|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
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Service Years|| 2004–2010 (active)|
|Rank|| Lieutenant Commander|
Ronald Dion “Ron” DeSantis (born September 14, 1978) is the current conservative Governor of Florida, defeated rising Democrat star Andrew Gillum in the 2018 midterms and serving since January 2019. 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.
Ron DeSantis was born in Jacksonville, Florida.
He is married to the former Casey Black, with whom he has two daughters and one son. DeSantis is a Roman Catholic. DeSantis is a brilliant man, having graduated from both Harvard and Yale Universities (common information).
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.
Possible 2024 Presidential Campaign
DeSantis is widely seen as a prospective candidate for the 2024 presidential election. This has led to behind-the-scenes tensions between him and former President Donald Trump, which soon may become more public.
In November 2021, Trump confidante Roger Stone publicly accused DeSantis of political posturing to set up a possible run in 2024, and threatened to sabotage DeSantis' re-election campaign by running as a third-party candidate unless DeSantis changed his behavior and pledged not to run if Trump does. DeSantis did not take this threat well, and responded by 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. It should also be noted that Stone is against a DeSantis candidacy regardless of whether Trump runs; he has stated that General Michael Flynn should be Trump's successor as leader of the MAGA movement should Trump sit out.
In January 2021, DeSantis appears to be on the edge of a public feud with Trump himself, after first Trump implicitly called DeSantis "gutless" for refusing to reveal whether or not he received a vaccine booster, and then DeSantis stated that one of his "biggest regrets" as governor was not speaking up more against Trump's early COVID 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.
- 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.
- Profile at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress