Ron DeSantis

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Ron DeSantis
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U.S. House, Florida, District 6
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorCliff Stearns (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.73 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 26, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,145,859
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sYale University
J.D.Harvard Law School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy, JAG prosecutor, United States Navy reserve
Years of service2004-Present
CitationsBronze Star Medal
BirthdaySept. 14, 1974
Place of birthJacksonville, FL
Net worth$-36,499.50
Office website
Campaign website
Ron DeSantis campaign logo
Ron DeSantis (b. Sept. 14, 1974, in Jacksonville, FL) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of Florida. He was first elected on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

DeSantis wrote the book Dreams From Our Founding Fathers in late 2011. The book, a critique of Obama’s worldview and a call for a return to the framers’ principles, prompted DeSantis to run for political office.[3]

DeSantis is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.[4]

DeSantis is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, DeSantis is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


DeSantis born in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 14, 1978.[5]


  • 1997: Dunedin High School
  • 2001: Yale University, B.A.
  • 2005: Harvard Law School, J.D.


  • 2004-2010: U.S. Navy
    • 2005-2010: U.S. Navy, JAG prosecutor
      • Advisor for a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL counterinsurgency mission in Iraq[6]
      • Received bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in Iraq[6]
  • 2010-Present: U.S. Navy reserve
  • 2013-present: United States House of Representatives, District 6[6]

DeSantis wrote the book Dreams From Our Founding Fathers in late 2011. The book, a critique of Obama’s worldview and a call for a return to the framers’ principles, prompted DeSantis to run for political office.[7]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


DeSantis serves on the following committees:[8][9]

Key votes

113th Congress

The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[10] For more information pertaining to DeSantis's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" DeSantis voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" DeSantis voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" DeSantis voted in opposition to HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[12]


Voted "Yes" DeSantis voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]


Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[14] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[15][16] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[16] DeSantis voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "No" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[17][18] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[18] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[19] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. DeSantis joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[17][18]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[20] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[21] DeSantis voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[22]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[23] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. DeSantis voted against HR 2775.[24]

2013 Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" In July 2013 the Republican controlled House narrowly passed a scaled-back version of the farm bill after stripping out the popular food-stamp program.[25][26] The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor.[27] All but 12 Republicans supported the measure.[28] The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies.[28][29] DeSantis was 1 of the 12 who voted against the measure.[28]

The farm bill historically has included both billions in farm subsidies and billions in food stamps. Including both of the two massive programs has in the past helped win support from rural-state lawmakers and those representing big cities.[27] After the bill failed in the House in June 2013 amid opposition from rank-and-file Republicans, House leaders removed the food stamp portion in a bid to attract conservative support.[27]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" DeSantis voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" DeSantis voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" DeSantis voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" DeSantis voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[12]


On The Issues Vote Match

DeSantis' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, DeSantis is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. DeSantis received a score of 28 percent on social issues and 76 percent on economic issues.[30]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[31]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Neutral
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Neutral Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: June 17, 2014.[32]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

After taking part in the questioning of Secretary of State John Kerry in a House committee hearing, DeSantis said he is unconvinced the United States should attack Syria.[33]

“The Obama administration has not articulated a clear objective for using military force in Syria, much less a plan to achieve that objective,” DeSantis said in a statement released September 6, 2013.[33]

DeSantis does not think President Obama will get approval from Congress to go to war because there is no clearly defined objective at issue, nor any measurable outcome that would indicate that our military had achieved or failed in its mission. “If the president acts on his own and puts our troops in harm’s way, I don’t think senate or house members would act to leave them stranded without support — I wouldn’t vote to leave them hanging,” DeSantis said on September 6, 2013.[34]


Pay during government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

"I don't believe we should be paid until this is resolved and I have requested that my pay be withheld," DeSantis said on Twitter.[35]



See also: Florida's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

DeSantis is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.



See also: Florida's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

DeSantis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Florida's 6th District. DeSantis won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[37] Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of June 8, 2012. The primary elections were held on August 14, 2012. DeSantis won the nomination in the Republican primary on August 14, 2012.[38][1] He won the election on November 6, 2012.[39]

U.S. House, Florida District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon DeSantis 57.2% 195,962
     Democratic Heather Beaven 42.8% 146,489
Total Votes 342,451
Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Florida District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Desantis 38.8% 24,132
Fred Costello 22.8% 14,189
Beverly Slough 13.2% 8,229
Craig Miller 13.1% 8,113
Richard Clark 9.8% 6,090
Alec Pueschal 1.2% 739
William Billy Kogut 1% 628
Total Votes 62,120


DeSantis received the backing of the Club for Growth on June 26, 2012.[40]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for DeSantis is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, DeSantis raised a total of $1,145,859 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 3, 2013.[41]

Ron DeSantis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Florida, District 6) Won $1,145,859
Grand Total Raised $1,145,859


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DeSantis' reports.[42]

Ron DeSantis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[43]April 15, 2013$2,411.69$243,771.24$(26,328.14)$246,259
July Quarterly[44]July 15, 2013$246,259$148,250$(57,158.42)$337,351
October Quarterly[45]October 13, 2013$337,351$104,439.00$(33,187.68)$408,602
Year-end[46]January 27, 2014$408,602$132,260$(28,143)$512,719
April Quarterly[47]April 15, 2014$512,719$193,295$(53,341)$652,673
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of DeSantis's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

DeSantis won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, DeSantis's campaign committee raised a total of $1,145,859 and spent $1,122,042.[48] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[49]

Cost per vote

DeSantis spent $5.73 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, DeSantis's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-63,998 and $-9,001. That averages to $-36,499.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. DeSantis ranked as the 428th most wealthy representative in 2012.[50] Between 2011 and 2012, DeSantis' calculated net worth[51] decreased by an average of 214 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[52]

Ron DeSantis Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-214%
Average annual growth:-214%[53]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[54]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, DeSantis is a "centrist Republican" as of June 11,2 013.[55]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[56]

DeSantis most often votes with:

DeSantis least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, DeSantis missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.0 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[57]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party


DeSantis voted with the Republican Party 95.1 percent of the time, which ranked 174th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[58]


DeSantis is married to his wife, Casey.[6]

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See also

External links

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  31. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  51. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  52. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  56. OpenCongress, "Rep. Ron DeSantis," accessed July 31, 2013
  57. GovTrack, "Ron DeSantis," accessed March 29, 2013
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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Cliff Stearns (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 6
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