Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis


DeSantis: Do Not Arm the Syrian Mujahideen


Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, opposed the McKeon Amendment to the continuing resolution (CR) that authorizes aid to Islamist rebels in Syria when it passed the House today. DeSantis issued the following statement: "Congress failed to do anything to protect our nation from terrorist infiltration by the thousands of U.S. citizens and citizens of western nations who have joined ISIS.  Nor did Congress do anything that would interdict the financing of ISIS or authorize our armed forces to destroy the personnel, equipment, and bases of ISIS.  Instead, Congress authorized the President to give U.S. weapons to mujahideen fighters in Syria, the so-called moderate Islamist rebels.  These mujahideen fighters are not dependable allies and will use the weapons to pursue their own interests.  We cannot subcontract out our national security policies to Islamist rebels.  The President's strategy is insufficient to achieve success." Watch DeSantis’ floor speech speaking out against this amendment by clicking here.  Read More

Happy Constitution Day!


"Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution," wrote Thomas Jefferson. In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson articulated a revolutionary insight the implications of which still reverberate to this day: the people are endowed by God with certain inalienable rights and that the chief purpose of government is to protect these natural rights. Jefferson, though, knew that simply asserting that individuals possessed natural rights did not mean that such rights would be respected by government. Thus, the Constitution needed to be designed in such a way that would enable self-government while also safeguarding those natural, God-given individual rights that should not be subject to the whims of the political process. The debates at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 in Philadelphia represent the most important debates on political theory in American history. Drafting a constitution against the backdrop of centuries of failed attempts at republican forms of government, the convention delegates knew that, in the words of Alexander Hamilton, it fell to them "to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force." Their handiwork -- creating a government of limited and enumerated powers, separating the core functions of government into three distinct branches, arming each branch with the capacity to check the other, recognizing the sovereignty of the states in local matters, and extending the sphere of the republic to dilute the power of entrenched constituencies -- answered the call better than any constitution that had come before. We tend to look back and just assume that creating a durable constitution was a fait accompli, but it was anything but a sure thing. Many delegates feared the convention could fail, and Benjamin Franklin at one point even appealed for divine intervention to help the delegates. But the significance of the final creation was not lost on the delegates. As he observed the delegates signing the Constitution at the conclusion of the convention, Franklin referenced the sun that was displayed behind the chair of George Washington, who was presiding over the convention. "I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting," Franklin told the delegates. That the convention produced a written constitution resolved Franklin's doubts: "But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun." Happy Constitution Day! Read More

Action Taken Regarding the VA Clinic in St. Augustine


Congressman Ron DeSantis and his staff have remained fully engaged with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials in trying to obtain viable solutions to the unresolved issue of the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in St. Augustine, Florida interim and final construction site selections. The VA clinic in St. Augustine serves more than 5,000 veterans and ensuring that our veterans continue to receive medical care is one of our top priorities. July 14 letter to the Acting Secretary of the VA, Sloan Gibson. July 25 letter to the GSA Administrator, Daniel Tangherlini. August 22 letter to the Secretary of the VA, Robert McDonald. Read More

Rep. DeSantis Statement on VA Conference Report


This afternoon, the House passed the VA conference report by a vote of 420-5. I voted yes. The conference report was the result of a House-Senate compromise; it contains some positive pro-veterans reforms to provide relief for veterans who are being mistreated, but it falls short of fully reforming the way veterans are provided with health services. I expect this to sail through the Senate and be signed into law by the President very soon. The conference report does the following: --Ensures accountability within the VA by empowering the VA Secretary to hold senior VA officials accountable for poor performance, thereby trumping union rules. This is a critical reform that is long overdue. --Provides a “veterans care” card for veterans who have been stuck in line at the VA to use at private facilities. This was contained in the original House bill and will liberate veterans from having to wait too long for care. --Reduces $ for bonuses for VA employees. This reduces the incentive to “fudge the numbers” to the detriment of veterans.  --Requires an audit of the VA and mandates Congress establish a commission to study the VA’s structure. I’m skeptical this will lead to very much in the way of reform; usually these types of reports are generated and then necessary reforms are not implemented. We know that the VA’s problems stem from it being a heavily-bureaucratic, single-payer, government-run system and we shouldn’t need to wait to receive these reports to advance reforms that will give veterans more choices and better care.  --Provides money for building additional facilities and hiring more personnel. I don’t think this will be a panacea for veterans because a lot of it will likely get chewed up by the bureaucracy.  The bottom line is that this conference report offers some worthwhile reforms and relief for veterans. Because it fails to truly reform the VA from top-to-bottom, the issue of veterans care will continue to be a front-burner issue that requires additional attention from Congress. Read More

DeSantis Joins Rubio to Remove Burdens on Seniors


Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today introduced the Let Seniors Work Act, the House companion to legislation introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (FL). The Let Seniors Work Act will eliminate the 12.4% payroll tax for seniors who have reached 65 as well as repeal the Retirement Earnings Test. “Senior citizens should not face punitive taxes if they choose to continue working beyond the retirement age,” DeSantis said. “They should not be taxed further but instead should be free to contribute to our economy. The Let Seniors Work Act will empower seniors by giving them the freedom to remain in the workforce without being subject to counterproductive penalties. I look forward to working with Senator Rubio to advance this important legislation.” "There are currently too many perverse disincentives for healthy and hard-working seniors to leave the workforce instead of staying in it to the benefit of our economy,” Rubio said. “We need to make sure that seniors can keep working if they so choose without being hit by de facto financial penalties. I'm excited to have Ron DeSantis leading this effort in the House. As representatives of Florida's large senior population, we know what a boon this reform would be to our entire country but especially to our state." Read More

DeSantis: Don't Use Tax Dollars to Fund the Pro-Hamas U.N. Bureaucracy


Washington, DC – In reaction to news that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) discovered that approximately 20 rockets were placed by militants in a UNRWA-run school in the Gaza Strip, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has renewed his call for Congress to pass his Palestinian Accountability Act. The Palestinian Accountability Act would withhold funds from UNRWA until certain conditions are met. "The discovery of missiles in a school demonstrates the depravity of Hamas and the lengths it will go to attack Israel,” DeSantis said. “Furthermore, UNRWA works in cooperation with Hamas towards its odious aims, thereby supporting terrorism and undermining the interests of the United States.  American taxpayers should not be coerced into funding an organization that works hand in hand with Hamas.” As well as withholding United States funding from UNRWA, the Palestinian Accountability Act will withhold foreign aid from the Palestinian Authority until: It recognizes Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state. Strongly and regularly condemns terrorism, while bringing terrorists to justice. The Palestinian Authority excludes Hamas from government unless Hamas is publically held to the requirements of this bill.   Read More

DeSantis Amendments to Hold IRS Accountable Pass House


Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed two amendments offered by Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2015. Both amendments aim to curb the flagrant abuse of power and taxpayer money by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). One DeSantis Amendment, which passed 264-157, will ban spending taxpayer dollars on IRS conferences. The other DeSantis Amendment, which passed 351-71, will prohibit the IRS from using correspondence systems that are not susceptible to meaningful oversight. "The systematic abuse of taxpayer money and the attempts to evade congressional oversight at the IRS are an outrage,” DeSantis said. “As an agency that has been used as a powerful and destructive tool against taxpayers, it is necessary that the IRS is fully transparent to both Congress and the American people.  At a time in which active duty military personnel are receiving pink slips, we cannot allow the IRS to spend lavishly on conferences. And we cannot accept any further obfuscation or evasion from this powerful agency." Read More

DeSantis to VA: Veterans in St. Augustine Deserve Answers


Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), sent a letter to the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Sloan Gibson, with questions regarding the status of the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in St. Augustine, Florida. A copy of the letter can be found here. Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-01), and Sen. Marco Rubio (FL) joined DeSantis in expressing concern that veterans in St. Johns County receive uninterrupted care during the CBOC’s transition to a new facility. DeSantis issued the following statement: “The VA clinic in St. Augustine serves more than 5,000 veterans and ensuring that our veterans continue to receive medical care is one of my top priorities. I look forward to working with Acting Secretary Gibson to protect the care and services that Florida’s veterans deserve and I appreciate Senator Rubio and Chairman Miller for joining me in this effort.” Read More

DeSantis Statement on Murder of Israeli Teenagers


St. Augustine, FL – Today, the Israeli military announced that the three Israeli teenagers – Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel – who were kidnapped June 12 have been found murdered. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), author of the Palestinian Accountability Act and a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, issued the following statement: "The murder of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas terrorists is an outrage.  While it should have been obvious from the start that any 'unity' government that includes Hamas would not be interested in peace with Israel, the Obama administration has continued to send money to the Palestinian Authority even though current law prohibits funds from going to a Hamas-influenced government.  Congress must immediately move to cut off funds to the Fatah-Hamas unity government.  American taxpayers cannot subsidize a government that is adverse to our interests and whose behavior is contrary to our values." Read More

DeSantis Statement on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Decision


The Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby sides with individual liberty over the coercive power of the state. It also vindicates the separation of powers by upholding statutory religious freedom protections over a mandate which did not pass Congress but was instead decreed by the whim of an executive branch bureaucrat. 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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