Ron DeSantis

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Ron DeSantis
Ron desantis.jpg
U.S. House, Florida, District 6
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorCliff Stearns (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
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
Date of birthSept. 14, 1974
Place of birthJacksonville, FL
Net worth$31,503
Office website
Campaign website
Ron DeSantis campaign logo
Ron DeSantis (b. Sept. 14, 1974, in Jacksonville, Florida) 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 set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election.The general election took 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]


Legislative actions

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[9] For more information pertaining to DeSantis's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]
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.[11]

“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.[11]

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.[12]

2013 Farm Bill

Nay3.png 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.[13][14] The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor.[15] All but 12 Republicans supported the measure.[16] The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies.[16][17] DeSantis was one of the 12 who voted against the measure.[16]

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.[15] 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.[15]

Social issues



See also: Florida's 6th congressional district elections, 2014

DeSantis is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election.The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Florida's 6th congressional district elections, 2012

DeSantis ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Florida's 6th District. DeSantis won the nomination on the Republican ticket.[18] 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.[19][1] He won the election on November 6, 2012.[20]

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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

Ron DeSantis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]4/15/2013$23,816.70$243,771.24$(26,328.14)$241,259.80
July Quarterly[25]7/15/2013$2,411.69$243,771.24$(26,328.14)$219,854.79
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.[26] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[27]

Cost per vote

DeSantis spent $5.73 per vote received in 2012.


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.[28]

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.[29]

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 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.[30]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[31]

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.[32]


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

Recent news

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 AP Results "U.S. House Results" Accessed August 14, 2012
  2. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  3. The Hill "Freshman Rep. Ron DeSantis looking to write a new chapter in Congress" Accessed June 11, 2013
  4. Americans for Tax Reform "113th Congress" Accessed June 11, 2013
  5. Bioguide, "John DeSantis," accessed September 9, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Ron DeSantis for Congress "About" Accessed February 14, 2012
  7. The Hill "Freshman Rep. Ron DeSantis looking to write a new chapter in Congress" Accessed June 11, 2013
  8., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 News Journal Online, "Congressman DeSantis says he will not support attack on Syria," accessed September 9, 2013
  12. Historic, "All agree that Congressman DeSantis represents them well," accessed September 9, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "Farm bill passes narrowly in House, without food stamp funding," accessed July 15, 2013
  14. USA Today, "House passes farm bill; strips out food-stamp program," accessed July 15, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Fox News, "House narrowly passes farm bill after Republicans carve out food stamps," accessed July 15, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Washington Post, "Which Republicans voted against the Farm Bill?," accessed July 15, 2013
  17. Politico, "Farm bill 2013: House narrowly passes pared-back version," accessed July 15, 2013
  18. St. Augustine Record "Mica to announce his district today" Accessed February 13, 2012
  19. Florida Secretary of State, "August 2012 Primary Election," Accessed September 4, 2012
  20. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  21. National Journal "Club For Growth Backs DeSantis" Accessed June 27, 2012
  22. Open Secrets "Ron DeSantis" Accessed April 3, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Ron DeSantis 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 19, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 19, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Ron DeSantis 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  27. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  28. Gov Track "DeSantis," Accessed June 11, 2013
  29. OpenCongress, "Rep. Ron DeSantis," Accessed July 31, 2013
  30. GovTrack, "Ron DeSantis," Accessed March 29, 2013
  31., "DeSantis (R-Fla), 2011"
  32. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Cliff Stearns (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Florida District 6
Succeeded by