Ron DeSantis is an American politician who has been serving as the 46th governor of Florida since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he previously represented Florida’s 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018. DeSantis was also a candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Age- 45 years
Height- 6.3 (approx.)
Weight- 70 Kg (approx.)
Born- 14 September 1978
Birthplace- Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Spouse-Casey DeSantis (m. 2009)
Ron DeSantis’s parents are Ronald DeSantis Sr. and Karen DeSantis. His mother pursued a career as a nurse, while his father worked as an installer of Nielsen TV-rating boxes.
His only sibling, younger sister Christina, tragically passed away in 2015 at the age of 30 due to a pulmonary embolism.
Ron DeSantis tied the knot with Casey Black on September 26, 2009. The couple first met at a golf course at the University of North Florida. Casey Black, had previously worked as a television host for the Golf Channel and later pursued a career as a television journalist and news anchor at WJXT.
They share three children together – one son and two daughters.
Ron DeSantis graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. He joined the United States Navy in 2004 and rose to the rank of lieutenant, serving as a legal advisor to SEAL Team One. Stationed at Joint Task Force Guantanamo in 2006, he was later deployed to Iraq in 2007. Upon his return to the U.S., he was appointed as a special assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida, a position he held until his honorable discharge from active military duty in 2010.
DeSantis entered politics and was first elected to Congress in 2012, subsequently winning re-election in 2014 and 2016. During his congressional tenure, he co-founded the Freedom Caucus and aligned himself with President Donald Trump. He briefly pursued a U.S. Senate seat in 2016 but withdrew when Senator Marco Rubio sought re-election. In 2018, DeSantis secured the Republican nomination for the gubernatorial election, narrowly defeating the Democratic nominee, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, in the general election.
As governor of Florida, DeSantis led the state during significant events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurricane Ian, and Hurricane Nicole. He advocated for the passage of the Parental Rights in Education Act. In the 2022 gubernatorial election, he achieved a notable victory, defeating Charlie Crist by a 19.4% margin, marking the state’s largest margin of victory in a governor’s election in 40 years.
On May 24, 2023, DeSantis announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the presidency, continuing to fulfill his role as governor during the campaign. However, on January 21, 2024, he withdrew his candidacy and endorsed Donald Trump.
DeSantis is also an author, having written two books: “Dreams From Our Founding Fathers,” published before his initial congressional campaign in 2011, and “The Courage to Be Free,” released in 2023.
DeSantis estimated net worth is around $1.30 million.
Latest News about Ron DeSantis
Worries Surface about DeSantis’s Leadership in Florida after Presidential Primary
DeSantis recently decided to withdraw from the Republican presidential primary, which means the rest of the country won’t have to deal with his leadership for an extended period. Unfortunately, the people of Florida are not as fortunate, as they have to endure him as governor for another three years. Some insiders in the state express concerns that the next three years under DeSantis could be more challenging, given his recent disappointment in the presidential race. There are worries that he may return to Florida with a revenge-oriented mindset.
Several individuals, including legislators, lobbyists, and political operatives, have voiced these concerns, suggesting that DeSantis might choose to assign blame rather than taking responsibility. The possibility of him lashing out and causing disruptions is not entirely unexpected, according to those familiar with the situation.
Still, not everyone thinks DeSantis plans to go scorched earth. “I don’t think he’s going to be governing with any sense of vengeance toward the Trump people because he’s very forward looking,” US representative Matt Gaetz told Politico. “He has a career where he sets his eyes on a goal and he pursues that goal.”