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Ron DeSantisREPRepublican Governor
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Ronald Dion DeSantis (born September 14, 1978) is an American politician serving since 2019 as the 46th governor of Florida. A member of the Republican Party, he represented Florida's 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018. DeSantis was a candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, withdrawing his candidacy in January 2024. Born in Jacksonville, DeSantis spent most of his childhood in Dunedin, Florida. He graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. DeSantis joined the United States Navy in 2004 and was promoted to lieutenant before serving as a legal advisor to SEAL Team One. He was stationed at Joint Task Force Guantanamo in 2006, and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. When he returned to the U.S. about eight months later, the U.S. attorney general appointed DeSantis to serve as a special assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Middle District of Florida, a position he held until his honorable discharge from active military duty in 2010. DeSantis was first elected to Congress in 2012 and was reelected in 2014 and 2016. During his tenure, he became a founding member of the Freedom Caucus and was an ally of President Donald Trump.

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Campaign Funding

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Cash on Hand
Top Industries  (1 - 4 of 10) View All Industries
Leadership PACs$19,300
Defense Aerospace$7,000
Real Estate$5,803
Misc Business$5,002
Credit Unions$5,000
Lawyers/Law Firms$4,550
Commercial Banks$4,500
Direct campaign contributions grouped by the industry industry of each donor/PAC.
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education7 - 7 of 5
Naval Justice School
Yale University
Bachelor of Arts
Harvard Law School
Juris Doctor
Darlington School
Dunedin High School
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
State of Florida
2019 - Current
United States House of Representatives, Florida
2013 - 2018
Lieutenant Commander
United States Navy Reserves
2010 - Current
Navy Sea Air and Land Teams (SEALS), United States Navy
Former Federal Prosecutor
United States Department of Justice
Former Lecturer
Law of War, Florida Coastal School of Law
Former Military Prosecutor
United States Navy
Other Experience1 - 13 of 13
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
American Legion
Subcommittee on Government Operations, United States House of Representatives
2017 - 2018
Former Chair
Subcommittee on National Security, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Oversight and Government Reform Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Foreign Affairs Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Judiciary Committee, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules, United States House of Representatives
Former Member
Executive Overreach Task Force, United States House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair
Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, United States House of Representatives