Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis


DeSantis Introduces Bill to Protect State Sanctions Against Iran


Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today introduced the State Sanctions Against Iranian Terrorism Act to protect state-level sanctioning authority against Iran from executive interference. This legislation is increasingly necessary as Iran continues to flout international sanctions.

“States such as Florida that have imposed sanctions against Iran play a vital role in protecting the security of the American people,” DeSantis said. “The Obama administration's disastrous nuclear deal with Iran was neither ratified as a treaty nor adopted as statutory law, and therefore cannot preempt valid state laws. The State Sanctions Against Iranian Terrorism Act will preserve, protect, and enhance the authority of individual states to pass laws ensuring that their dollars do not flow to the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism. ”

The State Sanctions Against Iranian Terrorism Act provides that state sanctions passed pursuant to the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA) are not preempted by any Federal law, regulation, policy, or agreement. Furthermore, the State Sanctions Against Iranian Terrorism Act expands CISADA’s protection to allow states to control significant commerce with Iranian businesses, including those owned by the Government of Iran and its instrumentalities like the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

DeSantis, joined by several members of the Florida congressional delegation, previously sent a letter to Florida Governor Rick Scott, House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, and Senate President Andy Gardiner, commending the state legislature for their strong sanctions against Iran.

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DeSantis Demands Specifics From DOJ on Special Counsel Request for Hillary Clinton Investigation


Washington, DC –Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has sent a letter to the United States Department of Justice questioning the Department’s failure to appoint a special counsel to oversee the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured e-mail server to conduct official government business. This is a secondary request following DeSantis’ October 28th letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

“As evidence pointing to the mishandling of classified information mounts, it is critically important that the Department of Justice investigation into Secretary Clinton’s unsecured e-mail is conducted in a fair and impartial manner,” DeSantis said. “Yet, the Obama Administration’s continued public remarks prejudging the outcome of this ongoing investigation have called any pretense of impartiality into question. “

DeSantis continued, “Secretary Clinton should receive absolutely no special treatment from the Department of Justice and the decision to prosecute must not hinge on political considerations. It is beyond my understanding why the Department of Justice will not appoint a special counsel in order to resolve any potential impropriety that could taint this investigation.”

DeSantis is seeking responses to the following questions:

  1. Attorney General Loretta Lynch was appointed United States Attorney in New York by President Bill Clinton in 1999. Does the Department of Justice consider this a conflict of interest in the context of a federal investigation involving President Clinton’s spouse?
  2. President Obama’s political appointees, including yourself, are being asked to impartially execute their respective duties as Department of Justice officials that may involve an investigation into the activities of the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Does the Department of Justice consider this a conflict of interest?
  3. Would the presidential campaign of an individual quality as an “extraordinary circumstance” in the context of special counsel regulations?
  4. The letter stated that the authority to appoint a special counsel has “rarely been exercised.” Aren’t the current extraordinary circumstances involving the investigation of former Secretary of State Clinton’s private email server the precise reason the special counsel option exists?
  5. The letter stated that “any investigations related to this referral will be handled by law enforcement professionals and career attorneys.” That being said, will President Obama’s political appointees be privy to the decision to convene a grand jury, prosecute, or seek a federal indictment in this case?
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DeSantis: It is Time for the Obama Administration to Cough up Documents for Operation Fast and Furious


St. Augustine, FL – U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled today that the Obama Administration cannot claim executive privilege regarding records requested by Congress pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following statement:

“Operation Fast and Furious was a disaster that not only violated federal law but resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. For years, the Obama Administration has stonewalled congressional oversight over this scandal. Today's ruling recognizes that President Obama's attempt to claim executive privilege regarding key documents was not based in law. The administration needs to cough up the documents and the American people deserve answers.”

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DeSantis: Release of Terrorists From Guantanamo Harms U.S. National Security


Washington, DC – Following the release of an additional ten detainees from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, has called for the House to immediately pass his Guantanamo Bay Recidivism Prevention Act. The Department of Defense is expected to transfer a total of 17 detainees during the month of January.

“Releasing huge numbers of very dangerous terrorist detainees harms America's national security,” DeSantis said. “By the government's own admission, 30% of released detainees return to the jihad; the actual recidivism rate is likely higher in general and will almost assuredly be higher for dangerous detainees like the Taliban Five.  Congress must act to protect national security by holding detainee-receiving nations accountable and demanding that the Administration report to Congress the details of these transfers.”

The Guantanamo Bay Recidivism Prevention Act would prohibit foreign assistance if a country received a detainee from the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay on or after February 1, 2015, and the detainee subsequently appeared on the administration’s detainee recidivist report (as defined by Section 319 of Public Law 111 – 32). Sen. Tom Cotton (AR) introduced this measure in the Senate.

DeSantis, a Naval Reserve Officer and former military prosecutor, served at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center during his active duty service.

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DeSantis Statement on President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address


Washington, DC – In response to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) has issued the following statement:

“President Obama's tenure has been defined by the massive expansion of bureaucracy and red tape, a ballooning of the national debt, a habitual disregard for the Constitution and the separation of powers, and a weak national security posture that has invited major threats and paved the way for the growth of militant Islam.  The country is in a malaise and a new policy direction is urgently needed.

The President boasted of his deal with Iran and his commitment to releasing terrorists from Gitmo, yet these policies have weakened our national security by empowering Iran and placing hardened terrorists back into circulation.  As a veteran, I am truly shocked that the President crowed about providing care for veterans; the VA is still in shambles and many veterans have been left out in the cold.  The lack of urgency that the President has exhibited regarding the need to provide care for our veterans has been unbecoming of a commander-in-chief.

The American people have not reaped the benefits of this so-called economic recovery, as workforce participation is anemic and median income is lower than when the President took office.  The deluge of regulations and the burdens of bureaucracy have stifled innovation and capital formation, thereby restraining the economy's growth rate.  ObamaCare, the President's signature piece of legislation, has caused premiums and deductibles to skyrocket and has placed serious strains on the budgets of American families.  

The bottom line is that the nation needs to see significant policy reforms.  President Obama's speech tonight demonstrates that he is out of touch with the concerns of the American people."

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DeSantis Statement on Iranian Detention of US Sailors


Washington, DC – Iran has detained ten members of the United States Navy in the Persian Gulf. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security and a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve, has issued the following statement:

“President Obama is scheduled to address our nation and will no doubt tell the American people that his nuclear deal with Iran was a success, yet just today ten of our Navy sailors have been detained by the Iranian regime. While the prompt return of the sailors is an immediate priority, assurances made by the Iranian regime about the safe return of our sailors are not worth much. As commander-in-chief, President Obama needs to do everything in his power to liberate these sailors from Iranian custody.  So long as our sailors remain in Iranian hands, platitudes about the state of the union will ring hollow.”

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DeSantis Statement on Clinton's Recklessness Regarding Classified Information


Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, has issued the following statement regarding the release of an e-mail from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton directing staff to transmit secure information over an unsecure connection:

"To order that classified markings be removed so that classified information can be transmitted over an unclassified and unsecured server represents a stunning level of recklessness.  A rank-and-file State Department employee would never have gotten away with pulling a similar stunt.  Secretary Clinton needs to be held accountable and should receive no special treatment from the Department of Justice."

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DeSantis Statement on Reports of North Korean Test of a Hydrogen Bomb


Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following statement in response to reports that North Korea has tested a hydrogen bomb:

"North Korea is run by a maniacal tyrant and its nuclear program is a serious national security threat. If verified, the testing of a hydrogen bomb represents a major advancement in the Kim regime's nuclear capabilities.  North Korea is deeply involved in ballistic missile production, cooperates with Iran and is actively seeking to upgrade its missile capacity so that it can reach the United States.  The weakness of the Obama administration invites rogue regimes like North Korea to behave in this provocative fashion.  Congress needs to impose additional sanctions against the Kim regime and to bolster our nation's missile defense system."

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DeSantis Statement on House Vote to Repeal ObamaCare


Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), issued the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act:

“ObamaCare has been like a bad dream for the American people.  Having promised significantly lower premiums, the ability to keep one's plan and choose one's doctor, and a better functioning health care system, ObamaCare has failed to deliver on these promises.  Millions have lost their plans and access to their preferred doctors.  Many more have seen their premiums and deductibles skyrocket.  The 2,000-plus bill has driven consolidation in the insurance industry and gutted private medical practice.  The law has failed and it is past time to jettison this bureaucracy-knows-best approach in favor of patient-centered reforms focusing on lowering costs for the American people.”  

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DeSantis Encouraged by St. Augustine CBOC Developments


St. Augustine, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement regarding the announcement that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin discussions with St. Johns County to negotiate and award a sole-source contract for a Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in St. Augustine, Florida:

“I am encouraged by the announcement that the VA and St. Johns County will begin discussions regarding a permanent facility for the St. Augustine CBOC. It is my hope that both parties work in a timely manner to negotiate an agreement that ensures that our veterans served by the clinic continue to receive the medical care that they have earned through their service. My staff and I will continue to remain closely engaged on this important issue.”

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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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