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Ron DeSantis is an American politician and attorney serving as the 46th governor of Florida since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he represented Florida's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018. After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Law School, DeSantis served as an officer and attorney in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy (JAG).

Military service DeSantis was sworn into the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Navy at the U.S. Naval Reserve Center in Dallas, Texas, in 2004 while still a student at Harvard Law School, completing U.S. Naval Justice School in 2005. Later that year, he received orders from Trial Service Office Command South East at the Naval Station Mayport, Florida, as a military prosecutor. In 2006, he was promoted to Lieutenant (O-3). He worked for the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Commander (JTF-GTMO), working directly with detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Joint Detention Facility. [7]

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 [8] with the troop surge as the Legal Advisor to the SEAL Commander, Special Operations Task Force-West in Fallujah.

He returned to CONUS in April 2008, at which time he was reassigned to the Naval Region Legal Service. He was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as a federal prosecutor [8] at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida.

DeSantis was assigned as a Trial Defense Counsel until his honorable discharge from active duty in February 2010. He concurrently accepted a Reserve commission as a Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General Corps, in the US Navy Reserve. [9] He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal. [10]

DeSantis was a candidate in Florida's 2016 U.S. Senate election, but he withdrew when incumbent senator Marco Rubio announced that he would seek reelection. DeSantis then opted to run for reelection to his U.S. House seat. During his tenure in Congress, he became a staunch ally of President Donald Trump. DeSantis made frequent criticisms of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

On August 28, 2018, DeSantis won the Republican primary for the gubernatorial election. He was officially certified as the winner of the general election on November 20, 2018, after a machine recount, defeating the Democratic nominee, Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum. At 42, he is the youngest governor in the United States.

Great Video 6-13-2021

6-22-2021 DeSantis tops a '24 straw poll
This straw poll — from the 12th annual Western Conservative Summit, held in Denver on Friday and Saturday — shows broadening conservative support for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis:

Graphic: MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

As of June 15,2023

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397Much of that growth was covid related and with recent homeowners insurance conceDon Green-July 7
396 GDP growth rate in Florida nearly doubles national rate since DeSantis took offThomas M.1July 7
395Ben Sasse says University of Florida's new Hamilton Center received over 120Thomas M.1June 21
394 Trump copies DeSantis [graphic] Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios Donald Don Green-June 16
393Tit for tat Now Hunter Biden’s comes to the batters box. The true test is whetDon Green-May 31
392Today’s verdict represents the culmination of a legal process that has been bentThomas M.2May 30
391Ron DeSantis suspends his presidential bid and endorses TrumpThe move comes two Don Green-January 21
390Good video on that shows DeStatist ignoring a reporter and cowgolfer72-January 14
389Vivek predicts the donors will move DeSantis into the VP slot on Nikki Haley'Thomas M.-January 13
388From Politico's Playbook: Three weeks out from the Iowa caucuses, there’s pGlenn Petersen112/24/2023
387Christina Purshaw is a director for the DeSantis campaign. Her lawyer is MichaThomas M.-12/19/2023
386Hi Don, Best line and it was also the truth IMO: DeSantis said: "This is robert b furman112/1/2023
385 ?? Debate signals chippy political future [graphic] Screenshot: Fox News &quoDon Green-12/1/2023
384The Thrilla in Alpharetta Newsom vs. DeSantis is a genuine conflict of governinDon Green-11/30/2023
383On Nov. 30, when California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom debates Florida RepubliDon Green111/27/2023
382Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats admits he was paid by the DeSantis prThomas M.-11/21/2023
381[X] The candidates chat during a commercial break at the third Republican presiThomas M.-11/10/2023
380Is that the same as Trump being Orange?Don Green-10/31/2023
3793 Expert Shoemakers Say Ron DeSantis Is Probably Wearing Height Boosters politThomas M.-10/31/2023
378‘Waiting for him to drop out’: DeSantis’ influence nosedives in Florida Some paGlenn Petersen-9/22/2023
377Republican Donor Ken Griffin Not Backing Ron DeSantis, Calls Battle With Disney Don Green-9/18/2023
376[X] 100 year old oak tree falls on the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee — MasoThomas M.-8/30/2023
375Didnt watch the debate but I heard DeStatist looked around before he raised his golfer72-8/26/2023
374Chris Christie’s role in this primary as the establishment’s attack dog became eThomas M.18/24/2023
373Fox News DeSantis ‘Voter’ Was Activist for Anti-Trump Org. The official ‘Team DThomas M.-8/23/2023
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