Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis


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

DeSantis: Lois Lerner's Attempt to Exonerate Herself Not Convincing


St. Augustine, FL – After refusing to testify before Congress, former IRS official Lois Lerner has given an exclusive interview to POLITICO. In response, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement: "Lois Lerner's lack of remorse and clumsy attempt to exonerate herself through the media are curious in light of her persistent refusal to testify before Congress. If she conducted herself in a professional manner and did not abuse her authority then why not answer questions under oath? The people deserve to know the truth about IRS targeting of American citizens. Given all that we know about the conduct of the IRS during this investigation, it is abundantly clear that Lerner would not be able to explain away her conduct when confronted with evidence of her malfeasance.” Read More

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

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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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