Congressman Ron DeSantis will be participating in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Spring Speaker Series on Monday, April 17th at 7:00 PM. There will be a discussion, moderated by Marc Bernier, on the issues facing Florida and our nation, and the audience will have an opportunity to ask the Congressman questions.
This event is open to the public and will be held in the Willie Miller Instructional Center auditorium on Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach Campus. Doors open at 6 PM. The series will be taped and broadcast on FM93.5/AM1150 WNDB's "Marc Bernier Show".Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) today proposed an amendment to the American Health Care Act that would eliminate taxpayer subsidies for members of Congress that were engineered by an administrative rule but not authorized by the law. DeSantis has been leading the charge to end these illegal ObamaCare subsidies since 2013.
DeSantis issued the following statement:
“Due to an administrative work-a-round of dubious legality, members of Congress receive generous taxpayers subsidies for health insurance obtained in the D.C. small business exchange, which is supposed to be limited to businesses with fewer than 50 employees. This arrangement has shielded members from the burdens of ObamaCare. The American Health Care Act does not disturb this special deal and it is high time that members live under the law as written. My amendment will rescind the questionable OPM rule from 2013 and make Congress live under the same system as everyone else.”Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) took to the House floor this morning to honor Capt. Andrew Becker and 1st Lt. Frederick "Drew" Dellecker, who were recently killed in a training accident. DeSantis’ full remarks can be viewed here.
Remarks as delivered:
Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my condolences to the families of the three Air Force officers who were killed in a plane crash earlier this week in New Mexico. Two of these officers had strong ties to the sixth congressional district in Florida, in particular Volusia County.
Captain Andrew Becker graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach in 2007. Was a great student, real world-beater, and he did what many graduates of Riddle do: he served our country with honor and distinction and we're thankful for his service to this country and we send our condolences to his wife.
First Lieutenant Drew Dellecker graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2013 after growing up in Volusia County. He was a special guy who dedicated his life to serving our country and defending our freedoms. The Volusia County community is saddened by his loss and his parents Bill and Karen are in our thoughts and prayers.
May God bless these fine young men, and may God bless their memory and the United States of America and I yield back.Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act:
"The VA Accountability First Act is an important bill that will begin the process of reforming the VA to better serve our veterans. The Act promises to cut through some of the bureaucracy and red tape that has hindered accountability within the agency. This bill puts the interests of the veteran first and I was happy to support it."Read More
The Trump administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi has been charged in connection with a 2001 terrorist attack in Jerusalem that killed two Americans, Malki Roth and Judith Greenbaum. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), Chairman of the National Security Committee, highlighted this attack and called for the DOJ to charge the mastermind behind the attack, Ahlam Al-Tamimi, during a February 2016 hearing examining the role of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism.
“For years, terrorist Ahlam Al-Tamimi has openly bragged about her role in planning a terrorist attack that killed two Americans in Jerusalem and injured four more. Yet for too long, our government failed to file criminal charges, part of a disturbing trend for American victims of Palestinian terrorism in Israel that our committee has highlighted. I thank the Trump administration and the Department of Justice for their work on this case and their continued efforts to pursue terrorists who harm Americans abroad. I am glad that justice is finally being sought for Malki Roth and Judith Greenbaum and am glad our committee played a part in highlighting this issue."Read More
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) and Dr. Edison Jackson, President of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, met in Washington, DC today during a gathering for members of Congress and leaders of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
DeSantis and Jackson, along with other HBCU Presidents, lunched at the Library of Congress and later toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“It was an honor to spend this afternoon with Dr. Jackson and other distinguished leaders of HBCUs from Florida and across the nation.” DeSantis said. “It was great to have Bethune-Cookman University represented today on Capitol Hill. President Trump today issued a thoughtful Executive Order that will establish a White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I believe that Congress must continue to support the important place HBCUs have in our higher education system.”
Congressman Ron DeSantis will be hosting a telephone town hall meeting for constituents on Thursday, February 16th beginning at 7:15 PM. During the meeting, you'll receive a brief update on Congressman DeSantis' work in Congress and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
Please submit your RSVP here. Please note: each telephone town hall event requires a unique sign-up request.Read More
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
Palm Coast, FL 32164
DeLand District Office
120 S. Florida Avenue
DeLand, FL 32720
DeSantis also maintains offices in Port Orange and Washington, DC.Read More
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.”?
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.Read More
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 HemisphereRead More
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.
Congressman DeSantis will discuss his agenda for the 115th Congress. There will be an opportunity to ask questions. No RSVP is needed!Read More
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.Read More
427 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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.