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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis: Biography and Policies

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis: Career Biography and Policies

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  • Graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in history in 2001.
  • Graduated from Harvard Law School,  receiving his J.D. in 2005.
  • Served on NAVY SEAL Team One in Iraq,
  • Won Bronze Medal of Honor for service in Iraq.
  • Prosecuted criminals as a US Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida.
  • Chaired the Congressional Subcommittee on National Security.
  • Served on Congressional Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.
  • Served on Congressional Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.
  • Served on Congressional Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
  • Served on Congressional Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet.
  • Served on Congressional Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census.
  • Served on Congressional Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Defeated Florida Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam in the 2018 Republican Primary for Florida Governor.

Key votes: Previous sessions of Congress


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 was unconvinced the United States should attack Syria.[138]

“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.[138]


Pay during government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

“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.[139]

Presidential preference


See also: Republicans and their declared positions on Donald Trump

On May 4, 2016, the day after Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee, DeSantis’ campaign manager Brad Herold said, “The congressman has been clear that he will support the Republican nominee.”[140] Herold did not mention Donald Trump in his statement.

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