Ron DeSantis is the 46th Governor of the state of Florida. As governor of the third largest state in the country, Governor DeSantis is focused on building a world-class education system; achieving more now to protect and preserve Florida’s water quality and environment; deregulation and tax relief; infrastructure and workforce development; hurricane recovery; rule of law; safe communities and protecting Florida’s most vulnerable populations.
As a native Floridian, Governor DeSantis learned the value of hard work, discipline, team work and camaraderie at an early age when he traveled from Dunedin to compete in the Little League World Series. His passion for baseball lead him to Yale University where he was captain of the Yale Baseball Team. Working his way through college did not deter Governor DeSantis from graduating from Yale University with honors. He attended Harvard Law School and where he also graduated with honors. While at Harvard University, he earned a commission in the U.S. Navy as a JAG officer. During his active-duty service, he supported operations at the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq as an adviser to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Fallujah, Ramadi and the rest of Al Anbar province. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
After active-duty service, Governor DeSantis served as a federal prosecutor, where he targeted and convicted child predators. He was first elected to Congress in 2012, where he fought for term limits, the No Budget/No Pay Act, and lead efforts to cut taxes. While serving in Congress, then Congressman DeSantis refused his Congressional pension and health insurance plan because he is against special deals for politicians. He also sponsored legislation to make it easier for the military to prosecute sexual assault and authored the bill to end the secret taxpayer-funded slush fund for members of Congress to make hush payoffs for sexual harassment.
Governor DeSantis is married to First Lady Casey DeSantis, a former Emmy Award winning television host. They’re the proud parents of two children, Madison and Mason. They are the youngest family living in the Florida Governor’s Mansion in nearly fifty years.