Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis


DeSantis Statement on Cuba Prisoner Exchange and Pro-Castro Policy Changes


St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement in response to the exchange of American Alan Gross for three Cuban spies as well as reports that the Obama administration will be implementing pro-Castro policy changes: "Alan Gross was unjustly imprisoned by the Castro dictatorship and his return is long overdue.  I am happy for him and his family.  I am dismayed that, in exchange for the release of Gross, the Obama administration agreed to release imprisoned Cuban spies who conspired to kill Americans, as such an action legitimizes the Castro regime's coercive tactics.  This prisoner swap sends a signal to rogue regimes and actors that taking an American hostage can be leveraged into scoring policy concessions.  This makes America less safe and emboldens the dictatorship in Cuba.    Reports suggest that the Obama administration will also unilaterally relax sanctions on Cuba, even though 11 million Cubans still chafe under Castro's tyranny.  The goal of U.S. policy should be to liberate these hostages from the oppressive Castro regime, not to reward the regime with relaxed sanctions.” Read More

DeSantis Named Chairman of National Security Subcommittee


St. Augustine, FL – Chairman-elect of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), has named Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security for the 114th Congress. "The federal government's core responsibility is to protect the security of our nation and the American people,” DeSantis said. “ Yet, from the release of terrorist detainees by the Defense Department to habitual failures of the Department of Homeland Security regarding border security, the bureaucracy has fallen short of what the American people expect.  I am thankful to Chairman-elect Jason Chaffetz for tapping me to lead this subcommittee, and I look forward to working with him and the rest of the committee's members to hold our national security agencies accountable on behalf of the American people." “Congressman DeSantis’ military experience and leadership will help ensure effective oversight and accountability on some of the biggest issues facing national security,” Chaffetz said. “I look forward to working with him in his new role.”  Read More

Rep. DeSantis Statement on "CRomnibus" NO Vote


The House just passed the CRomnibus, a 1600 page spending bill that was released two days ago. The vote was 219-206. I voted no. We just had an election last month. The American people rendered a decisive judgment. Yet, here we are in a lame duck session of Congress and the House green lights a bill that spends more than $1 trillion. I *believe* that this bill is not in the best interests of the country and taxpayers. I *know* that not a single member could have read, much less understood, the entire bill. Now that the House has passed it the American people will find out what is in it. Of the 219 “yes” votes, 29 were cast by members who were either defeated in November or who are retiring this year. Do we really want bills of this magnitude to pass in a lame duck session due to the votes of members who are no longer accountable to the people?  Instead of passing a 1,600 page omnibus, the House should have passed a short-term spending bill that would have enabled the new Congress, which will convene in a matter of weeks, to set the nation’s spending priorities, protect taxpayers and check the President’s executive amnesty. Read More

DeSantis Named Vice-Chairman of Constitution Subcommittee


St. Augustine, FL – Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), has named Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice for the 114th Congress. DeSantis will be serving with Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08). “It is an honor to have been named Vice- Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and I look forward to working with Subcommittee Chairman Franks and Chairman Goodlatte to continue to advance legislation that protects our Constitution,” DeSantis said. “We in Congress take an oath to support and defend the Constitution and we have a duty to discharge this important responsibility with great care.  Having taken the oath to support the Constitution as an officer in the Navy, the preservation of our constitution order is something I have been committed to for quite some time." “Congressman Ron DeSantis has been a tremendous asset to the House Judiciary Committee over the past two years,” Goodlatte said. “His expertise on many of the issues facing our nation and the Committee make him well-suited to serve as Vice Chairman of the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee.  I look forward to working with him as we seek to safeguard Americans’ liberties, promote an efficient and just legal system, and fight against President Obama’s pattern of executive overreach.” “Congressman DeSantis will be an invaluable Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice,” Franks said. “He brings a rigorous intellectual understanding of civil justice issues and has substantial expertise in federal claims reform and Constitutional rights.  This background will effectively complement our subcommittee’s focus on President Obama’s gross executive overreach.  I look forward to serving with Congressman DeSantis as we protect the liberties enshrined in our Constitution for all U.S. citizens.” Read More

DeSantis: Iran is Playing the Obama Administration like a Fiddle


St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement after it was announced that the Iran nuclear negotiations failed to meet today’s deadline: "A seven month extension for 'negotiations' will provide Iran with $4.9 billion in sanctions relief and will give Iran valuable time to achieve its nuclear goals.  Iran has cheated on the interim agreement and has refused access to key nuclear facilities.  Iran seeks a nuclear weapon, not admission to the diplomatic good graces of the so-called international community.  The new Congress should put an end to this charade and enact enhanced sanctions that hold this nefarious regime accountable." Read More

DeSantis: President Has Acted Outside the Constitutional System and Violated the Public Trust


St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s announced plans to unilaterally expand deferred action for illegal immigrants: "The President cannot change the law by fiat.  Obama's edict usurps the legislative power of Congress, damages our constitutional system, and creates a precedent that will likely lead to the further erosion of our liberty. Would the same Founding Fathers who fought a revolution against George III have created a constitution that permitted the executive to legislate around Congress whenever Congress declined to bend to the executive's will?  President Obama has repeatedly acknowledged that the President can do no such thing, yet tonight he tossed aside his own understanding of our foundational document and has made himself a constitutional outlaw. What about the voice of the American people?  They get no say in this matter even though they decisively repudiated the President's policies at the polls just a few weeks ago.  The President's illegal executive amnesty is bigger than the 1986 amnesty which was actually passed by Congress and signed by President Reagan.  Obama's arrogance and contempt for the people are breathtaking.  And make no mistake, by issuing work permits to illegal immigrants, the President's edict will have serious policy consequences: it will fuel more illegal immigration, thereby exacerbating the problem, will further disadvantage legal immigrants and U.S. citizens seeking to utilize our immigration system in accordance with the laws of our land, and will put a downward pressure on the wages of American blue collar workers." Read More

DeSantis: Gruber Should Return the $400,000 He Received for His "Work" on ObamaCare


Washington, DC – In light of a recently discovered video showing Jonathan Gruber bragging that a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” were “critical” to passing ObamaCare, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) is calling on Gruber to return the $400,000 of taxpayer money that he received in consulting fees. DeSantis issued the following statement: "ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber's comments paint a disturbing picture of a man willing to concoct deception after deception in order to cram an unpopular health law through Congress.  Gruber displays an appalling contempt for the American people, a contempt that is all the more troubling given that he was richly rewarded with $400,000 in taxpayer dollars for his so-called consulting services.  To receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds in exchange for lying to the public is simply unacceptable.  I call on Jonathan Gruber to return the $400,000 he has amassed as a result of his questionable conduct."        Read More

DeSantis Calls for Travel Ban and Visa Suspensions for Ebola-affected Countries


St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today issued the following statement regarding the Ebola crisis: “To protect Americans from Ebola, the President needs to implement travel restrictions, up to and including a ban on flights from Ebola-affected countries.  He should also suspend visas for foreigners from these countries. The President has the authority to take these actions under existing law, but if he persists in refusing to act then Congress needs to compel action.  I urge Speaker John Boehner to reconvene the House as soon as possible so the people's representatives can vote on these protective measures." Read More

DeSantis: Stop Scapegoating Israel over Jerusalem


St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement in response to comments from the White House rebuking Israel for building in Jerusalem: "We are witnessing a terrifying rise of Islamic jihadist groups, the advance of the Russian bear, an Ebola breakout, and the prolonged imprisonment of a U.S. Marine in Mexico, yet the Obama administration rebukes Israel for building in its own capital city of Jerusalem.  The U.S. government should stop meddling in internal Israeli affairs.  Israel is more committed to peace than anyone in the region.  U.S. policy should not view Israel as the problem but should instead recognize that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of the Jewish state." Read More

DeSantis Statement on Holder’s Resignation


St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued the following statement in response to reports that Attorney General Holder will announce his resignation this afternoon: "Eric Holder's tenure has been marked by the politicization of justice, disrespect for the rule of law and Constitution, and suppression of the truth.  He will be remembered for being held in contempt of Congress for stonewalling the Fast and Furious investigation and for conducting a sham investigation into the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS.  President Obama could hardly do worse when naming Holder's successor; my hope is that the President tries to do much better.  Our people need to regain their lost confidence in the nation's commitment to the even-handed administration of justice."   Read More

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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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