Ron DeSantis

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Ronald Dion “Ron” DeSantis
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Governor of Florida
From: January 8, 2019 – present
Predecessor Rick Scott
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from Florida's 6th Congressional District
From: January 3, 2013 – September 10, 2018
Predecessor Cliff Stearns
Successor Michael Waltz
Information
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Casey Black
Religion Roman Catholic
Military Service
Service/branch United States Navy
Service Years 2004–2010 (active)
2010–present (reserves)
Rank Lieutenant Commander
Battles/wars Iraq War

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.[1] 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.

Amidst the CCP pandemic, DeSantis has emphasized "freedom over Faucism."[2]

Personal life

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.

Florida Governor

DeSantis moved quickly to implement conservative policies as Florida's governor.[3] 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.[4] On January 31, 2019, DeSantis signed an executive order to end Common Core.[5] DeSantis removed many of former Governor Rick Scott's political appointees, which the latter made without DeSantis's permission shortly before DeSantis took office.[6] 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.[7] Early in his tenure, DeSantis oversaw a state "deregathon" which significantly reduced the state regulatory burden.[7][8]

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.[9] On June 14, 2019, DeSantis signed a bill banning "sanctuary" cities in Florida.[10] As governor, DeSantis associated himself with Angel families while advocating for an E-Verify law.[11] He also ordered Florida prisons to begin identifying criminal illegal aliens in custody.[12]

On May 8, 2019, DeSantis signed a bill into law allowing local school districts to arm their teachers.[13] In July 2019, DeSantis signed a bill allowing medics to legally carry guns when in dangerous situations.[14]

DeSantis strongly supported Israel and opposed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.[15]

In December 2019, DeSantis announced civics requirements in Florida public high schools.[16]

In addition to promoting conservative policies, DeSantis saw high approval ratings.[17] 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.[18]

References

  1. If Democrats want to win, they need a black politician on the ticket, Theodore R. Johnson, The Washington Post, March 13, 2020.
  2. Stone, Tyler (June 4, 2021). DeSantis: Florida Chooses Freedom Over Faucism. RealClearPolitics. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  3. 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.
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  4. Varney, James (January 22, 2019). DeSantis completes makeover of Florida Supreme Court. The Washington Times. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  5. Multiple references: See also:
  6. Berry, Susan (February 27, 2019). Gov. Ron DeSantis Removes Rick Scott’s Appointees Across Florida. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Multiple references: See also:
  8. Governor Ron DeSantis, DBPR Announce Fee Reduction for Licensed Real Estate Professionals. FLgov.com. June 5, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  9. Cadman, Dan (April 4, 2019). Florida Sheriffs Encouraged to Cooperate with ICE. Center for Immigration Studies. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  10. Multiple references: See also:
  11. 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.
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  12. Multiple references:
  13. Multiple references:
  14. Hawkins, Awr (July 7, 2019). New Law Allows Florida Medics to Carry Firearms for Self-Defense. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  15. Glick, Caroline (June 4, 2019). Caroline Glick: Ron DeSantis Takes on the BDS Movement. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  16. Multiple references:
  17. 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.
  18. Florida Gov. DeSantis to Pardon COVID Violations at the Gateway Pundit

External links

  • Profile at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress