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Who is Ron DeSantis?

Ron DeSantis, known as Ronald Dion DeSantis was born on December 14, 1978, in Jacksonville, Florida. He is an American attorney, naval officer and politician serving as the 46th and current governor of Florida since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he previously represented Florida's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018.

Early life and education

Ronald Dion DeSantis is the son of Karen (Rogers) and Ronald DeSantis. When he was 6 years old, his family moved to Orlando, Florida, before relocating to Dunedin, Florida. In 1991 he was a member of the Little League team from Dunedin National that went on from the regular season to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

After graduating in 1997 from Dunedin High School in Dunedin, Florida, DeSantis attended Yale University, where he graduated with honors and was the captain of the varsity baseball team. After Yale, he joined Darlington School serving on the Upper School history department. He attended Harvard Law School, receiving his J.D. in 2005.While at Harvard, he earned a commission in the U.S. Navy as a JAG officer.

Personal life

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In 2010, he married to Casey DeSantis, an Emmy Award-winning television host. They lived in Ponte Vedra Beach, near St. Augustine until Ponte Vedra Beach was drawn into the neighboring 4th district. DeSantis and his wife then moved to Palm Coast, north of Daytona Beach. Together, they are the proud parents of 2 their daughters, Madison, and their son, Mason.

Governor of Florida

2012 election

In 2012, DeSantis announced he would run in the Republican primary for the 6th District. The district had previously been the 7th, represented by 10-term Republican John Mica. However, Mica's share of Orlando had been drawn into the new 7th District, and Mica opted to run there even though the new 6th included the bulk of his former territory.

DeSantis won the six-candidate Republican primary with 39% of the vote, with the runner-up, state representative Fred Costello, obtaining 23%.In the November general election, DeSantis defeated Democratic candidate Heather Beaven by 57–43%, with majorities in all four counties.


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In January 2018, DeSantis announced his candidacy for governor of Florida to succeed term-limited Republican incumbent Rick Scott. President Donald Trump stated in December 2017 that he would support DeSantis should he run for governor. On August 28, 2018, DeSantis won the Republican primary. His Democratic opponent in the general election was Andrew Gillum. He resigned his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on September 10, 2018, to focus on his gubernatorial candidacy.

DeSantis prefiled the oath of office with the Florida Secretary of State and became governor at midnight, January 8, 2019.

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Bronze Star Medal (service)

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award)

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

LGBT rights

In 2018, he told the Sun Sentinel he "doesn't want any discrimination in Florida, I want people to be able to live their life, whether you're gay or whether you're religious." In January 2019, less than a week after taking office, DeSantis issued a nondiscrimination order for state employees reiterating former governor Scott's order; while the order included race, age, sex, color, religion, national origin, marital status and disability, it included no protections for sexual orientation or gender identity.

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