Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis

FLORIDA's 6th DISTRICT

DeSantis Introduces 28th Amendment Requiring Members of Congress to Abide by the Laws they Pass

2016/04/20

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today introduced a constitutional amendment prohibiting Congress from passing laws respecting the citizens of the United States that does not also apply to members of Congress. This important amendment will ensure that Members of Congress live within the parameters they establish for the American people. DeSantis is joined in this effort by lead co-sponsor Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05).

“Passing laws that apply to the American people but that exempt Congress is inconsistent with the ideals of a republican form of government," DeSantis said. “Those who serve in Washington should be part of a service culture, not part of a ruling class that lives under its own set of rules.  Enacting this proposed 28th amendment will reduce the disconnect between Washington, D.C. and the American people and lead to better policymaking.” 

“Americans know full well that Congress refuses to hold itself accountable.  They saw what Congress tried to do when it forced Obamacare on the public while attempting to exempt itself.  This must end,” said Salmon. “This very necessary amendment would ensure that Congress always lives under the same rules as Main Street, and that no American need fear a law that doesn’t apply equally to their representatives in Washington.”

Additional original co-sponsors include Reps. Rod Blum (OH-01), Scott Peters (CA-52), Ted Poe (TX-02), John Ratcliffe (TX-04), Ted Yoho (FL-03).

DeSantis has introduced several vital reforms to hold Congress accountable to the American people. DeSantis previously introduced the No Exemption for Washington from ObamaCare Act, the End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act, and a constitutional term limits amendment.

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DeSantis Statement of Support For Israel Claim to Golan Heights

2016/04/18

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement of support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position that the Golan Heights will remain under the control of Israel:

“For almost 50 years, Israel has maintained peace in the Golan Heights region and I support Prime Minister Netanyahu’s position that Israel should maintain control. If Israel were to cede the Golan Heights the area would become a magnet for terrorism and would give Israel's enemies a launching pad from which to wage war against the Jewish state.  U.S. policy should support the Prime Minister's position and recognize the Golan Heights as a part of Israel."

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DeSantis Holds Special Order Calling for Impeachment of IRS Commissioner Koskinen

2016/04/14

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) tonight called for Congress to pass H.Res. 494, a resolution impeaching Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen, during a special order on the House floor. The resolution was introduced October 2015, yet has failed to make progress in the House. DeSantis was joined by Reps. Jim Jordan (OH-04), Jody Hice (GA-10), Doug Lamborn (CO-05) and Ted Yoho (FL-03).

The charges against Commissioner Koskinen include failure to comply with congressional subpoenas, failure to testify truthfully, and failure to notify Congress that key evidence had gone missing in the investigation into the IRS’ illicit targeting scandal. Last July, DeSantis and Jordan were two of the first members to call for Koskinen’s impeachment, outlining the reasons in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the op-ed.

During the special order, DeSantis made the following remarks: “There is a need to get the truth, but there is also a need for this institution here to stand up for itself. It’s really a question of the House’s self-respect. How much longer can we, as elected officials, allow the bureaucracy to simply walk all over the Congress? We are supposed to be the people’s representatives, we are supposed to be able to do justice for them when the government is not acting appropriately… [There is] no excuse for our failure to discharge our basic constitutional duties.”

Watch DeSantis’ remarks by clicking here.

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DeSantis Opening Remarks: Connecting Veterans with PTS and Service Dogs

2016/04/14

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, chaired a hearing today to question the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on its existing policy towards service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress. Watch his opening statement here.

"Service dogs are not intended to, nor do they, ‘cure’ PTS, but they provide a safe, non-addictive, tool for veterans to live normal, functioning, productive lives and, they could provide a safe complement to existing treatments for PTS. The urgency of the veteran suicide rate demands that we explore this option.”

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Seabreeze High School Student Wins Art Competition

2016/04/11

St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) announced today that Daria Hughes, a student at Seabreeze High School, won the 2016 Congressional Art Competition with her watercolor titled “Medley.” The winning artwork can be seen here. Hughes will receive complimentary airfare for herself and a guest to attend an unveiling ceremony at the United States Capitol, where her artwork will be displayed for one year.

“Every year, I enjoy seeing the creative and colorful pieces of art submitted by our high school students,” DeSantis said. “Congratulations to Daria for winning this year's competition with her beautiful watercolor. I look forward to seeing it hanging in the Capitol! It is my hope that every participant continues to foster their artistic talents.”

Entries were posted on DeSantis’ Facebook page for one week and over 2,000 votes were cast by constituents to determine the finalists. The ten submissions with the most “likes” were then presented to Kim Carney, Flagler Beach City Commissioner; Art LaMay, a local artist and professional art judge; and Charles Schaefer, a local artist and owner of the Charles Schaefer Art Studio. The judges determined a winner during a reception held at the Ocean Art Gallery in Flagler Beach.

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DeSantis: What Does President Know About FBI Investigation That Congress Does Not?

2016/04/11

St. Augustine, FL – In response to President Barack Obama’s assertion on Fox News Sunday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “has not jeopardized America’s national security” through her use of an unsecured e-mail server, Rep. DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement:

“There is an ongoing FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information, yet on Fox News Sunday, President Obama said that Clinton ‘has not jeopardized America’s national security’ by mishandling classified information. What does the President know that we do not? If it's an ongoing investigation and the White House isn't involved then how could he know this? Or is the administration's preferred result – that Hillary Clinton is given a free pass – already baked in the cake?”

Obama has previously commented on the ongoing investigation into Clinton’s server, telling CBS news in October 2015, “I don’t think it posed a national security problem.”

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DeSantis Demands Answers From Treasury On Easing Iran Sanctions

2016/04/06

St. Augustine, FL –  Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today sent a letter to the Secretary of the Treasury, Jacob Lew, concerning reports that the United States Treasury is considering permitting offshore financial institutions to conduct foreign currency trades in U.S. dollars in support of business with Iran. The letter can be read here.

“Facilitating Iran’s access to global markets is not required under the nuclear agreement; this is a gratuitous concession,” DeSantis said. “It appears that the more Iran misbehaves, the more willing the Obama Administration is to concede to the demands of the Iranian regime. I look forward to Secretary Lew’s prompt response and believe that the Obama Administration must immediately reconsider this short-sighted policy change that will undermine antiterrorism sanctions and be a boon to Tehran.”

20 Members of Congress joined DeSantis in signing this letter: Ralph Abraham, M.D. (LA-05), Dave Brat (VA-07), Michael Burgess (TX-26), Kevin Cramer (ND), Dr. John Fleming (LA-04), Bob Gibbs (OH-07), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Richard Hudson (NC-08), Steve King (IA-04), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Leonard Lance (NJ-07), Martha McSally (AZ-02), Pete Olson (TX-22), Bill Posey (FL-08), Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Adrian Smith (NE-03), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05), Mark Walker (NC-06), Ted Yoho (FL-03), Lee Zeldin (NY-01).

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ICYMI: DeSantis Discusses PAWS Act on Fox and Friends

2016/03/17

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), former Corporal Cole Thomas Lyle, USMC, and Lyle’s service dog Kaya joined Fox and Friends this morning to discuss DeSantis’ Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act.

Watch their segment on Fox and Friends here.

 

DeSantis: “Let’s have the VA make this a possibility for people. We honestly – Cole and I both – believe that it can save lives.”

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DeSantis Introduces Veteran Service Dog Legislation

2016/03/16

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) held a press conference today to introduce the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act. DeSantis was joined by original cosponsor Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12) as well as representatives from veteran service organizations and several service dog teams.

Inspired by the story of former Corporal Cole Thomas Lyle, USMC, and his service dog Kaya, DeSantis, a Naval Reserve Officer, has introduced the PAWS Act in order to expand access to service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress.

“Thousands of our post-9/11 veterans carry the invisible burden of post-traumatic stress, and there is an overwhelming need to expand the available treatment options,” DeSantis said. “The VA should use every tool at their disposal to support and treat our veterans, including the specialized care offered by service dogs.”

“The PAWS Act is a simple bill that could have a dramatic – and potentially life-saving – effect on the lives of many. As we face an epidemic of veteran suicides, we must make sure that all of our returning servicemembers are honored and taken care of, no matter the wounds they bear.”

Background:

  • The PAWS Act creates a pilot program that pairs post-9/11 veterans with the most severe levels of post-traumatic stress with service dogs. Additionally, they must have completed an evidence-based treatment and remain significantly symptomatic by clinical standards.
  • Qualified veterans may then be referred to an Assistance Dog International accredited organization or private provider for a service dog pairing. The VA will provide $27,000 per dog to the organization (as determined by the average costs to acquire and train a service dog). 
  • To maintain eligibility, including VA-provided veterinary health insurance for the service dog, the veteran must see a VA primary care doctor or mental health care provider at least quarterly.
  • Finally, the PAWS Act tasks the Government Accountability Office with conducting a study to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
  • The PAWS Act authorizes $10 million for the program.

 

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DeSantis Awards Service Academy Nominations

2016/03/14

St. Augustine, FL – Last night, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) presented 29 candidates with nominations to the four United States Service Academies: the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Nine students were also presented with certificates of appointment.

The service academy candidates and their families, the nominating board, Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructors, school officials, and other community members joined the Congressman at last night’s ceremony at Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine.

“The United States Service Academies are prestigious places of learning with a demanding application process, and it was an honor to present these remarkable young men and women with nomination certificates,” DeSantis said. “As an officer in the U.S. Navy reserve, I am so proud of our students and immensely respect their desire to serve our country. I wish them all the best of luck!”

Photos from the ceremony can be found here.

 

 

 

Nominee Name

High School

Academy

Mary Alexandra Bayer

Spruce Creek High School – IB

Military & Air Force

Michael Moon Begun

Nease High School – IB

Military

Nicholas Edward Cunningham

USMAPS, NMMI, St. Augustine High School AICE Graduate

Military

John Robert Dunleavy

Seoul American High School (DoD Korea)

Military

Alexia Diana Forester

Spruce Creek High School – IB

Military

Dylan John Granuzzo

Nease High School

Military

Matthew Padraig Klein

Creekside High School

Military & Naval

Thomas Ethan Ruede

Bartram Trail High School

Military

Miles Polivio Silva

USMAPS, Ponte Vedra High School Graduate

Military

Nicolas Christian Theriault

Father Lopez High School

Military

Julian Alexander Bonilla

Creekside High School

Naval

Kristia Therese Hoffman

UF, St. Joseph Academy Graduate

Naval

Robert Bradley Osborne

Spruce Creek High School

Naval

Spencer Patrick Searle

St. Joseph Academy

Naval

Sarah Ruth Stinson

Bartram Trail High School

Naval & Air Force

Justin Paul Swicegood

ERAU, Nease High School – IB Graduate

Naval

William Franklin Taylor

DeLand High School – IB

Naval & Air Force

Josiah David Tolvo

Berkshire School (Sheffield, MA)

Naval

Hannah Visintin

Flagler-Palm Coast High School

Naval & Air Force

Cassidy Ann Cameron

Stetson, Umatilla High School Graduate

Air Force

Daniel James Donovan

Nease High School

Air Force

Jonathan Michael Magiske

Ponte Vedra High School

Air Force

Robert Michael Maxwell

Bartram Trail High School

Air Force

Landon David Taucher

Ponte Vedra High School

Air Force

Emily Andrea Turner

DeLand High School/DSC

Air Force

William Paul Lulias, Jr.

Creekside High School

Merchant Marine

Ian Alexander Lowell McClintock

Bartram Trail High School

Merchant Marine

Kevin Michael Reale II

Riverside Military Academy (GA)

Merchant Marine

Francis Zachary Wawrzyniak

MMI, Ponte Vedra High School Graduate

Merchant Marine

 

 

 

 

Appointee Name

Academy

Mary Alexandra Bayer

Military & Air Force

Julian Alexander Bonilla

Naval

Kristia Therese Hoffman

Naval

Robert Michael Maxwell

Air Force

Ian Alexander Lowell McClintock

Merchant Marine

Marcus Bischoff Sanders

Military

Matthew Daniel Plunkett

Military

William Franklin Taylor

Air Force

Josiah David Tolvo

Naval

 
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Rep. DeSantis Remarks on Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization

2016-04-29 15:06:12


Rep. DeSantis Opening Statement: Criminal Aliens Released by the Department of Homeland Security

2016-04-28 18:33:58


Rep. DeSantis Questioning: Criminal Aliens Released by the Department of Homeland Security

2016-04-28 18:31:40


Rory Diamond, Executive Director of K9s for Warriors Testimony

2016-04-15 19:51:00


Cole Lyle Testimony: Service Dogs Will Save Lives

2016-04-15 19:46:08


Connecting Veterans with Service Dogs: First Coast News

2016-04-15 19:23:35


Connecting Veterans with Service Dogs: FOX 35 Orlando

2016-04-15 19:22:55


DeSantis Closing Remarks on Impeaching IRS Commissioner

2016-04-15 14:31:34


Rep. DeSantis Calls for Impeachment of IRS Commissioner

2016-04-14 22:48:48


Benefits of Service Dogs for Veterans with PTS

2016-04-14 20:07:22


Rep. DeSantis Opening Statement: Service Dogs for Veterans with PTS

2016-04-14 18:30:06


Rep. DeSantis Questions Department of State

2016-04-13 19:07:11


Rep. DeSantis Discussing PAWS on News4JAX

2016-04-07 15:21:28


Rep. DeSantis Opening Statement: Threats at our Borders

2016-03-23 15:07:45


Rep. DeSantis on Need for Term Limits

2016-03-22 21:34:33


Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act

2016-03-17 16:03:37


Rep. DeSantis Questions Secretary Kerry

2016-02-25 20:02:41


Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia

2016-02-24 13:45:32


Rep. DeSantis Questions DOJ for Failing to Procure Documents

2016-01-07 19:09:02


Rep. DeSantis Q&A on Terrorism & Immigration

2015-12-17 18:48:48


Contact Information

427 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2706
Fax 202-226-6299
desantis.house.gov

On January 3, 2013, Ron DeSantis was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives as the federal representative for Florida’s sixth congressional district, which encompasses St. Johns and Flagler counties, as well as large portions of Volusia and Putnam counties.

A native Floridian with blue collar roots, Ron worked his way through Yale University, where he earned a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, and was the captain of the varsity baseball team. He also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.

While at Harvard, Ron earned a commission in the United States Navy as a JAG officer. During his active duty service, he served as a military prosecutor, supported operations at the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and deployed to Iraq during the 2007 troop surge as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL mission in Iraq. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious service) and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

He has also served as a federal prosecutor, prosecuting a wide range of cases involving offenses such as child exploitation, fraud, and interference with military air navigation.

He has written on constitutional first principles in various outlets and in his book, Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama.

Ron lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL with his wife, Casey Black DeSantis, an Emmy award-winning television host. He is currently an officer in the U.S. Navy reserve.


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