Ron DeSantis is a native Floridian of humble beginnings who knows the value of hard work. To put himself through school, he performed every odd job imaginable -- sweeping floors, collecting trash, moving furniture, parking cars, serving as an electrician’s assistant, and coaching baseball clinics. He earned a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude, and was the captain of the varsity baseball team at Yale University. 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 Navy 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 counterinsurgency operations in Iraq. He has also performed duties as a federal prosecutor, taught courses on military law, and written on constitutional issues.
Since being elected to the U.S. House in 2012, Ron has served on the Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Oversight & Government Reform Committees. He is the chairman of the Oversight Committee’s National Security subcommittee and the vice-chairman of the Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
Ron lives in Palm Coast, FL with his wife, Casey, an Emmy award-winning television host, and their daughter Madison. He is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy reserve.