|U.S. House, Florida, District 6|
|January 3, 2013-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Cliff Stearns (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School|
|Service/branch||United States Navy, JAG prosecutor, United States Navy reserve|
|Years of service||2004-Present|
|Citations||Bronze Star Medal|
|Birthday||Sept. 14, 1974|
|Place of birth||Jacksonville, FL|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
DeSantis is a signer of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
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.
- Yale University, B.A.
- Harvard Law School, J.D.
- U.S. Navy, JAG prosecutor
- 2013-present: United States House of Representatives, District 6
DeSantis serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
- United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
- Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and The Census
- United States House Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice
- Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
2013 Farm Bill
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. The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor. All but 12 Republicans supported the measure. The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies. DeSantis was one of the 12 who voted against the measure.
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. 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.
DeSantis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 6th District. DeSantis won the nomination on the Republican ticket. 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. He won the election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Florida District 6 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Florida Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
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.
|Ron DeSantis's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Florida, District 6)||$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.
|Ron DeSantis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
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. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
DeSantis spent $5.73 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Florida's 6th Congressional District, 2012 - Ron DeSantis Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$281,009|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$258,207|
|Top contributors to Ron DeSantis's campaign committee|
|Holland & Knight||$12,400|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Ideology and leadership
The website Open Congress 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.
DeSantis most often votes with:
DeSantis least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, DeSantis missed 0 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, DeSantis's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$41,992 and $104,999. That averages to $31,503, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.
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% of the time, which ranked 174th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.
DeSantis is married to his wife, Casey.
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- Media coverage:
- AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- The Hill "Freshman Rep. Ron DeSantis looking to write a new chapter in Congress" Accessed June 11, 2013
- Americans for Tax Reform "113th Congress" Accessed June 11, 2013
- Ron DeSantis for Congress "About" Accessed February 14, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Washington Post, "Farm bill passes narrowly in House, without food stamp funding," accessed July 15, 2013
- USA Today, "House passes farm bill; strips out food-stamp program," accessed July 15, 2013
- Fox News, "House narrowly passes farm bill after Republicans carve out food stamps," accessed July 15, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which Republicans voted against the Farm Bill?," accessed July 15, 2013
- Politico, "Farm bill 2013: House narrowly passes pared-back version," accessed July 15, 2013
- St. Augustine Record "Mica to announce his district today" Accessed February 13, 2012
- Florida Secretary of State, "August 2012 Primary Election," Accessed September 4, 2012
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- National Journal "Club For Growth Backs DeSantis" Accessed June 27, 2012
- Open Secrets "Ron DeSantis" Accessed April 3, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Ron DeSantis 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 19, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2013
- Open Secrets "Ron DeSantis 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Gov Track "DeSantis," Accessed June 11, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Ron DeSantis," Accessed July 31, 2013
- GovTrack, "Ron DeSantis," Accessed March 29, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "DeSantis (R-Fla), 2011"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Cliff Stearns (R)
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