Ron DeSantis


Former U.S. congressional representative

Served as congressional representative from 2013-2018, former military prosecutor.

Ron DeSantis is the Republican nominee for governor of Florida.

Before stepping down to focus on this campaign, he represented District 6, midway up Florida’s east coast, in Congress.

He trounced Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam in the primary due to early support of President Donald Trump, but he’s been criticized for a lack of focus on Florida issues. Since the August primary he has focused on environmental issues, tougher policing practices, immigration and the U.S. relationship with Israel (although the governor plays no foreign policy for U.S.).

Like his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, DeSantis represents a new wave in his party – in his case, one that is closely aligned with the policies and messaging of President Trump. 

DeSantis did not respond to our questionnaire but you can read more about his campaign in our profile from the August primary and in this Miami Herald profile of the race. You can also find more info on his website. We will update this profile if the campaign responds.

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