Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis is turning to some of the leading Republicans in Florida to lead his transition team.
After defeating Democrat Andrew Gillum on Election Day, on Wednesday, DeSantis announced that former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., former Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings and retiring state House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Lutz, will chair his transition team.
DeSantis is also turning to some members of his own team to lead the transition effort, including naming Susie Wiles, his campaign chair, to be executive director and Scott Parkinson, his old chief of staff, to serve as deputy executive director. Wiles also led incoming U.S. Sen. Rick Scott’s, R-Fla., successful gubernatorial campaign back in 2010.
“I’m proud of this strong leadership team. They will work to deliver a strong and seamless transition process,” said DeSantis. “I’m confident these individuals will ensure our administration is ready to lead on day one to make our state cleaner, safer and stronger for all Floridians.”
With the support of President Donald Trump, DeSantis edged Gillum by less than 2 percent to keep the Governor’s Mansion in Republican hands. The last time Democrats won a Florida gubernatorial campaign was in 1994 when Gov. Lawton Chiles beat back the challenge of Republican Jeb Bush to claim a second term.