[143], On March 8, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention privately briefed DeSantis that Florida was already experiencing community spread of COVID-19, however the next day, DeSantis publicly denied that Florida was experiencing community spread of COVID-19. Casey and I are blessed to welcome our son Mason Joseph DeSantis. "[113], In 2015, DeSantis introduced the Guantanamo Bay Recidivism Prevention Act, which would cut off foreign aid to countries that receive detainees if they show back up on the terrorism recidivism list. Cuomo’s anti-DeSantis crusade was sponsored by Choice Hotels. [150] In September 2020, DeSantis lifted all restrictions on capacity in bars and restaurants, despite persistent cases. "[175], DeSantis has sharply criticized the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for the Veterans Health Administration scandal of 2014, in which veteran deaths were linked to wait times. [73][74] Ultimately, the entire event was scrapped in favor of rallies broadcast online and via television. [133], In November 2020, DeSantis proposed an "anti-mob" extension to the preexisting stand-your-ground law in Florida that would allow gun-owning residents to use deadly force on individuals they believe are looting, it would also make blocking traffic during a protest a third-degree felony and deal out criminal penalties for partaking in "violent or disorderly assemblies". 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. To keep up with the latest local news subscribe to our TV20 newsletter HERE and receive news straight to your email every morning.. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WCJB) - Gov. DeSantis himself is a native Flordian, with “blue collar roots,” according to his campaign bio. [3] 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. “Everyone knows my husband Ron DeSantis is endorsed by President Trump. Gov. Getty During his tenure in Congress, he became a staunch ally of President Donald Trump. [39] DeSantis opposed allowing able-bodied, childless adults to receive Medicaid. There aren't any in Florida", "Florida becomes 12th state to ban sanctuary cities", "DeSantis (quietly) signs requirement for electronic verification of immigration status", "Without fanfare, Florida governor signs E-Verify legislation", "DeSantis quietly signs abortion consent, E-Verify immigration laws", "Legislature deals Gov. for America, an anti-Muslim advocacy group. United States Senator and former Governor Scott included an LGBT reference in a prior Pulse memorial message. [31] The race was "widely seen as a toss-up". Most Popular #38695. [158] In 2017, DeSantis spoke at ACT! representative. An ad DeSantis ran early in August got a lot of attention due to its heavy references to DeSantis’ support of Donald Trump. [144] On March 10, federal official Dr. Anthony Fauci publicly confirmed that Florida had community spread, while DeSantis only confirmed Florida's community spread on March 14. In 2001, after graduating from Yale, he joined Darlington School serving on the Upper School history department. "[30], On August 28, 2018, DeSantis won the Republican primary. He was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as a U.S. Attorney[12] at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Middle District of Florida. Their contact information is linked. [39] DeSantis stated that he would implement a medical marijuana program, but opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana. "[23], He was a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, a group of congressional conservatives and libertarians.[11][24][25]. DeSantis was recently called "an ass" by an anchor on CNN, the same network that has famously glossed over a variety of coronavirus-related issues related to Cuomo – … DeSantis signs 'sanctuary cities' ban into law. Petition-gathering for ballot initiatives to legalize medical marijuana, increases to the minimum wage, and expansion of Medicaid were also under way. [85][86], By February 2021, DeSantis generally had positive approval ratings according to opinion polls, ranging from 51% to 64%. [34] That same month, DeSantis was criticized for not having a fully formed policy platform for his gubernatorial campaign. "[117] DeSantis said "the Iran deal gives Ayatollah Khamenei exactly what he wants: billions of dollars in sanctions relief, validation of the Iranian nuclear program, and the ability to stymie inspections. They really only affect law-abiding citizens. [101], In 2016, DeSantis introduced the Higher Education Reform and Opportunity Act, which would allow states to create their own accreditation systems. DeSantis was assigned as a trial defense counsel until his honorable discharge from active duty in February 2010. The GOP wants change anyway", "EXCLUSIVE: DeSantis to act quickly on water, Supreme Court, Broward sheriff", "Sheriff Scott Israel: Career defined by controversy and fury over failures during Parkland shooting", "RollCall.com – Member Profile – Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla", "Congressman Ron DeSantis moves to Flagler County", "Ronald Dion DeSantis – Florida Resident Database", "Ron and I are beyond blessed to welcome our new baby girl, Mamie to the world. Ron DeSantis – Don’t ‘Monkey This Up’ By Electing Andrew Gillum. A member of theRepublican Party, he previously represented Florida’s 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018. 42 Year Old Politician #4. [6] While at Yale, he was captain of the varsity baseball team,[5] and a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. President Donald Trump stated in December 2017 that he would support DeSantis should he run for governor. [9][10][11], In 2007, DeSantis reported to the Naval Special Warfare Command Group in Coronado, California, where he was assigned to SEAL Team One and deployed to Iraq[12] with the troop surge as the Legal Advisor to the SEAL Commander, Special Operations Task Force-West in Fallujah. [87][88][89], DeSantis is generally regarded as a conservative. [186][187] On January 11, shortly after taking office as governor, DeSantis suspended Israel from his duties. 4764, Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act of 2016", "H.R. The Florida Supreme Court ultimately sided with DeSantis on the issue,[182] and an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit again sided with DeSantis in a 6–4 ruling. 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[154], DeSantis was a critic of President Obama's immigration policies; he opposed Obama's deferred action programs (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and accused him of failing to enforce immigration laws. Politicians. He worked for the commander of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo (JTF-GTMO), working directly with detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Joint Detention Facility. [133] He disagrees with legislation signed into law by Governor Rick Scott that banned bump stocks, added a mandatory three-day waiting period for gun purchases, and raised the legal age for purchases from 18 to 21. [180][181], DeSantis expressed support for the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative following its passage in November 2018, stating how he was "obligated to faithfully implement [it] as it is defined" when he would become governor. [93], DeSantis supports the implementation of a medical marijuana program in Florida, but opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana. The popular member of Congress and 2016 U.S. Senatorial candidate from Ponte Vedra, Florida, posted the following statement on his Facebook wall: Christina DeSantis. [166], In June 2019, DeSantis' office issued a proclamation honoring the victims of the June 12, 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting at the Pulse gay bar and nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed and 50 others were injured by Omar Mateen. — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 17, 2021. 42 Year Olds. [119] DeSantis accused President Barack Obama of giving better treatment of Cuba's Raul Castro and Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei than of Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu. Although DeSantis had originally touted the appointment, DeSantis later distanced himself from Tony after the sheriff's past was brought to life. "[118], During a line of questioning, DeSantis told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the executive branch had a legal obligation to provide Congress with the details behind any side deals made between world leaders and Iran. Ron DeSantis a setback on E-Verify", "Ron DeSantis signs crack down on constitutional amendments, solidifying Republican control in Florida", "Ballot Initiatives Measure Goes To Florida Governor Ron Desantis", "Gov. [110], He voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. [29] Asked if he could name an issue where he disagreed with Trump, DeSantis did not identify a single issue. He concurrently accepted a reserve commission as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the US Navy Reserve. DeSantis also believes the act will bring more jobs to America. DeSantis is generally regarded as a conservative. [159], After the November 2015 Paris attacks, DeSantis "called for urgent recognition that Islamic extremism is to blame for the Paris attacks and should be seen as an enemy for America." Ron DeSantis, the Republican nomination for Governor of Florida, lives in Florida with his wife Casey, an award-winning TV host, and their two young children. [27] DeSantis withdrew and instead campaigned for re-election to the House once Rubio entered the Senate race after ending his presidential bid. [38] DeSantis promised to stop the spread of polluted water from Lake Okeechobee. Together they share a daughter named Madison DeSantis and a son, Mason DeSantis. But he’s also an amazing dad. Ron DeSantis will not lock down Florida. It was also a response to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's statement that the DOJ, "doesn't conduct fishing expeditions." [95], DeSantis opposes abortion[96] and has denounced Planned Parenthood. He is a Caucasian and an American. He replaced the entire South Florida Water Management District board. Ron DeSantis, a former Navy attorney and author serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 6th congressional district, won the Republican primary for Governor of Florida in the Florida gubernatorial election, 2018. 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. [47] Gillum took back his concession as late-counted ballots brought the race within less than 34,000 votes, a margin of 0.4%. [140] In July 2020, as Florida had become a global epicenter of the coronavirus, with nearly 5,800 deaths, DeSantis had largely sidelined health experts and scientists, with The Washington Post reporting that DeSantis primarily relied on his wife, a former television reporter, and his chief of staff, a former hospital executive. [106], DeSantis introduced the Let Seniors Work Act, which would repeal the Retirement Earnings Test and exempt senior citizens from the 12.4% Social Security payroll tax, and he co-sponsored a measure to eliminate taxes on Social Security benefits. Although three counties missed the deadline, it was not extended. [183], DeSantis instructed Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to investigate allegations of voter fraud perpetrated by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg after he had announced a $16 million investment to pay off the financial obligations for felons so they may vote ahead of the 2020 presidential election in Florida. [124][127], DeSantis opted not to receive his congressional pension, and he filed a measure that would eliminate pensions for members of Congress. [26] He was endorsed by the fiscally conservative Club for Growth. “His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious service), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal,” his bio reads. presidency. Amid calls on DeSantis to re-instate restrictions on business activity in late June to halt the spread of the virus, DeSantis said Florida is "not going back" on reopening the economy, arguing that "people going to a business is not what's driving" the surge in cases. [97], DeSantis agreed with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., saying "This case does not concern the availability or legality of contraceptives, and individuals can obtain and use these as they see fit. Florida Gov. [167], According to the Tampa Bay Times, DeSantis "made a name for himself [in 2017] attacking special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. First Name Ron. [32], In September 2018, DeSantis announced state representative Jeanette Núñez as his running mate. [152] He also urged public health officials in Florida cities to focus less on universal COVID-19 testing. [126] In May, DeSantis visited Israel, accompanied by megadonor to his 2018 gubernatorial campaign and staunch Zionist, Sheldon Adelson, to attend a ceremony held between Florida Atlantic University and Ariel University, celebrating the agreement of a plan to exchange and research opportunities between the universities' respective students. DeSantis was a candidate in Florida's 2016 U.S. Senate election, but withdrew when incumbent senator Marco Rubio announced that he would seek reelection. in history in 2001. Before joining First Coast News, Casey worked for the PGA TOUR hosting and producing two shows: On The Tee, a live broadcast preceding Golf Channel coverage and PGA Tour Today, a daily recap of tournament play, USA Today reports. Ron DeSantis enjoys a moment with his son, Mason, who turned 1 in March. Parnas and Fruman are accused of funneling foreign cash into U.S. elections to increase their influence and promote their business interests; they are central figures in the Trump-Ukraine scandal and impeachment inquiry. [171], In January 2018, while on the House Intelligence Committee, DeSantis voted on party lines to release a classified memo authored by Republicans on the committee which purported to show that the FBI abused its surveillance powers in the Russia investigation. [131] [192][193] DeSantis had played on the field the day of the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting, and while not present at the time it occurred, he and fellow Representative Jeff Duncan reportedly met the prepetrator beforehand and were asked by him whether Republicans or Democrats were playing that day. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida lawmakers, including Gov. [54], In his first two weeks in office, DeSantis appointed Barbara Lagoa, Robert J. He graduated from Dunedin … [178] DeSantis worked with a Marine Corps veteran of Afghanistan, Cole Lyle, and a non-profit in his district, K9s for Warriors, to advance the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act of 2016. [108][109], DeSantis has opposed legislation to require online retailers to collect and pay state sales tax. [184], After the 2020 elections, DeSantis and other Republicans proposed changes to voting laws in Florida to limit voting by mail. 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"[165] DeSantis's predecessor had pledged to sign an LGBT-inclusive order as governor, but ultimately did not follow through on the grounds that proper federal protections existed. Leo Varadkar. DeSantis says ‘big tech’ looks like ‘big brother,'” by Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s John Kennedy: “Gov. [28] During the Republican primary, DeSantis emphasized his support for Trump by running an ad where DeSantis taught his children how to "build the wall" and say "Make America Great Again" and by dressing one of his children in a tiny red "Make America Great Again" jumper. Gov. [187], DeSantis is a Roman Catholic. Ron DeSantis told reporters that they along with Big Tech protect the Democratic party. "[122] DeSantis supported the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Blaze reports:… He grew up in Dunedin, FL, and attended college at Yale University, where he was the captain of the varsity baseball team. [2] His family moved to Orlando, Florida, before relocating to Dunedin, Florida, when he was 6 years old. “People say Ron is all-Trump, but he’s really so much more,” Casey tells the camera. He completed Naval Justice School in 2005. Both baby and mom are doing great.”. [138][139], DeSantis's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has been harshly criticized. Ron DeSantis' family includes his wife Casey and two young children, Madison and Mason. DeSantis declared that he would not issue a statewide stay-at-home order because the Trump administration had not recommended that he do so. [188] In 2010, he married Casey Black, a former television host for the Golf Channel and WJXT. 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