Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis

FLORIDA's 6th DISTRICT

DeSantis Appointed to Naval Academy Board of Visitors

2017/02/10

Palm Coast, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has been appointed to the Naval Academy Board of Visitors by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

The duty of the Academy's Board of Visitors is to inquire into the state of morale and discipline, the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the academy which the Board decides to consider. 

“It is an honor to continue my service to the Navy by helping chart the course of the United States Naval Academy,” DeSantis said. “I look forward to working with the Board of Visitors to shape our future officer corps, who will be expected to lead our military with honor and integrity.”

DeSantis is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy reserve.

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DeSantis Announces New Office Locations

2017/02/09

Palm Coast, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has opened two new district office locations in order to better serve Florida’s sixth district.

“Opening offices in Palm Coast and DeLand will allow my staff and me to efficiently respond to constituent needs in order to better serve our community,” DeSantis said.

Palm Coast District Office

31 Lupi Court

Suite 130

Palm Coast, FL 32164

Phone: 386-302-0471

Fax: 386-302-0474

 

DeLand District Office

120 S. Florida Avenue

Suite 324

DeLand, FL 32720

Phone: 386-279-7343

Fax: 386-279-7430

DeSantis also maintains offices in Port Orange and Washington, DC.

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DeSantis Introduces Drain the Swamp Act to Toughen Ethics Standards, Codify Trump-Endorsed Reforms

2017/02/02

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has introduced the Drain the Swamp Act. This bill is modeled after the reforms called for by then-candidate Donald Trump and will toughen current bans on officials lobbying the government after their federal service.  The bill will alter the incentives for government officials and slow the revolving door between Capitol Hill and K Street.

“President Trump has called for sweeping ethics reforms that will help 'drain the swamp' that is modern Washington,” DeSantis said. "The Drain the Swamp Act answers this call and will dramatically improve incentives for members of Congress, congressional staffers, and executive branch officials.  Although legal, the revolving door culture of Washington has led to a deluge of members of Congress and congressional staffers leaving government service for lucrative lobbying jobs on K Street.  This contributes to the flourishing of the D.C. insider economy and exacerbates the extent to which Washington is out of touch with the concerns of taxpayers.  I thank President Trump for taking the lead on reforming Washington and I hope we can pass this bill quickly."

The Drain the Swamp Act will:

  • Prohibit all currently covered executive and legislative branch officials and employees from, within five years after the termination of his or her service, knowingly attempting to influence the executive or legislative branches of the government of the United States. 
  • Broaden the scope of the federal definition of “lobbying” to include “consulting and advising.” 
  • Require individuals that spend at least 10 percent of their time engaged in lobbying services over a three-month period to any one client to register as a lobbyist and disclose lobbying activities to Congress.  Current law sets the threshold at 20 percent.
  • Prohibit covered senior executive officials from ever representing, aiding, or advising a foreign entity with the intent to influence the executive or legislative branches of the United States government.
  • Broaden the scope of the existing federal ban on foreign nationals contributing money to federal, state, or local elections; political parties; or electioneering communications to include a federal ban on foreign nationals from soliciting money for such contributions.
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DeSantis Statement on Gorsuch Nomination

2017/02/01

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06, Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's Constitution subcommittee, issued the following statement on President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“The selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court represents a promising choice by President Trump.  As a judge on the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and in his extrajudicial writing, Gorsuch has demonstrated a strong grasp of the Constitution, exhibited an interpretive approach similar to that of Justice Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas, and showcased top-notch writing skills.  He has impeccable academic credentials and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to his current position in 2007.

If you created a nominee from scratch with the goal of filling Scalia's large shoes, such a nominee would look a lot like Neil Gorsuch.

At the same time, being strong on paper tells a lot but it doesn't tell everything.  Perhaps the most important quality for a constitutionalist Supreme Court justice is something that Scalia demonstrated in spades: backbone.  There will be times when the proper reading of the Constitution will diverge sharply from the conventional wisdom of D.C. elites, the legacy press and the legal intelligentsia.  Scalia never wilted in the face of intense criticism; indeed, he reveled in it, as it was a sign that he was properly discharging his constitutional duty.

I can't tell you whether Gorsuch possesses a Scalia-esque spine.  Time will tell.  If he does, he has a chance to be a great justice and fitting heir to the Scalia legacy.”

 

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DeSantis Named VFW Legislator of the Year

2017/01/28

Orlando, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) will be presented with the “Legislator of the Year” award by the Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) at their Mid-Winter Conference this evening. DeSantis issued the following statement:

"I am humbled to be chosen to receive the Legislator of the Year award from such a great organization. Our veterans have given so much to our nation, and it is an honor to do my part to work on their behalf in Congress. As a VFW member, I remain committed to ensuring that our service members and their families receive the care and benefits they have earned.

Thank you to the members of the VFW for their dedication to our nation through their service abroad and advocacy at home.”

DeSantis is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy reserve and is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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DeSantis Again Named to Chair National Security Subcommittee

2017/01/27

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has once again been named Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security for the 115th Congress. DeSantis was first named to this position in the 114th Congress.

"There are a number of important national security issues on the horizon: radical Islamic terrorism, the threat posed by cyber warfare, the relocation of the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and security at our southern border,” DeSantis said. “With a new administration taking the reins we have a great opportunity to address problems that have plagued our national security policies."

The Subcommittee on National Security is primarily responsible for overseeing the Departments of State, Defense and Homeland Security, and the United States Agency for International Development.

DeSantis has also been named to the following committees and subcommittees:

Committee on the Judiciary

Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Subcommittee on Government Operations

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere

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DeSantis Names Advisory Council for Israel and Middle East Issues

2017/01/26

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, today convened an Advisory Council for Israel and Middle East Security. Its membership of advisors from Florida and around the country will explore ways to repair U.S.–Israel relations and combat security threats facing Israel and the United States.

"With the pending relocation of our embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the arrival of the Trump administration, we have entered a new era in American-Israeli relations and have a great opportunity to chart a productive course," DeSantis said. "My subcommittee conducts oversight over embassy issues and I have been active in highlighting the dangers of the BDS movement and the threat posed by militant Islam. I have no doubt that we will have a lot on our plate moving forward, and having an esteemed group of advisors willing to share their keen insights on these issues will be a great help to me. I thank them for their willingness to assist my efforts to support our friend and ally Israel."

DeSantis has named Jason Lyons, a former chairman of the United States-Israel Security Alliance and Founder and CEO of the Wall Street Conference, to chair the council.  Lyons is the CEO of Lyons Capital, and has served as a Senior Jewish Liaison for the Republican Party.

The newly named council members include:

Jason Lyons, Boca Raton, FL, Chairman 

Dr. Scot Ackerman, Jacksonville, FL

Richard Brody, Jacksonville, FL

Phil Cohen, Miami, FL

Dr. David Diamond, Orlando, FL

Andy Fiske, Aventura, FL

Stephen Fiske, Aventura, FL

Mark Gerson, New York, NY

Eli Gindi, Brooklyn, FL

Marc Goldman, Boca Raton, FL

Antony Gordon, Los Angeles, CA

Gabriel Groisman, Bal Harbour, FL

Eytan Laor, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Carlyn and Lothar Mayer, Boca Raton, FL

David Robbins, Jacksonville, FL

Phil Rosen, New York, NY

Joey Schottenstein, Columbus, OH

Rabbi Steven Weil, New York, NY

Farley Weiss, Boca Raton, FL 

The Advisory Council for Israel and Middle East Security will help develop policies to help facilitate a more productive American posture in the Middle East, which includes moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.

  

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DeSantis: Eliminate Unlawful ObamaCare Subsidies for Congress

2017/01/12

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today introduced the No Exemption for Washington from ObamaCare Act. The No Exemption for Washington from ObamaCare Act will require members of Congress and congressional staff to abide by the terms of ObamaCare and discontinues taxpayer subsidies that were engineered by an Obama administration rule but which are not authorized by the law.

“While millions of Americans are struggling to pay their rising insurance premiums, members of Congress receive an illegal subsidy to soften the blow of the high costs of ObamaCare,” DeSantis said. “This scheme allows members of Congress to get lucrative subsidies through the D.C. Small Business exchange, which is limited by the law to businesses with fewer than 50 employees and is not, by the terms of the law, available to Congress, which has thousands of employees.  Congress should abide by the laws that they pass and reject special perks not available to their constituents. Members of Congress should not be given special relief from the harmful effects of ObamaCare.”

DeSantis has been leading the charge to end these illegal ObamaCare subsidies since 2013. 

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DeSantis to Trump: Move American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

2017/01/11

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump today expressing support for his policy to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and asking him to immediately take action upon assuming office. In total, 102 members of Congress signed on to this letter; you can find a copy of the letter here.

“Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the U.S. should maintain its embassy in Israel’s capital city,” DeSantis said. “For decades, the State Department has indulged the conceit that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, even though the Jewish presence in Jerusalem goes back thousands of years.  I encourage President Trump to send a message to the world that the United States stands with our friends in Israel by relocating our embassy to Jerusalem.”

DeSantis also spoke on the House floor this morning to condemn the recent anti-Israel resolution adopted by the United Nations. Watch his speech here.

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DeSantis Introduces Bill to End Congressional Pensions

2017/01/05

Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis reintroduced the End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act today. This legislation would end pensions for all future Members of Congress as well as those currently serving who are not yet vested into the congressional retirement plan.  DeSantis declined his pension when taking office, but believes pensions need to be discontinued across-the-board.

“Taxpayer-funded pensions for members of Congress are a relic of a bygone era and constitute a waste of taxpayer funds,” DeSantis said. “Taxpayer-funded pensions promote careerism in Congress and shield retired members of Congress from living and working under the laws that they pass.  Ending pensions for members of Congress will help reform the culture of Washington and will help to drain the swamp.”

Holding Congress accountable to the American people has been a top priority for DeSantis. On January 3, 2017 DeSantis and Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms that members of Congress may serve.

 

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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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Brian Mast

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Francis Rooney

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