Ron DeSantis is a native Floridian with blue collar roots who knows the value of hard work. He grew up in Dunedin, FL and worked his way through Yale University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was the captain of the varsity baseball team. He also graduated with honors from Harvard Law School.
While studying at Harvard he earned a commission as a JAG officer in the United States Navy. During his naval service, he 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 and also served at the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious service), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (gold star in lieu of second award), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal. He is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the reserve component of the United States Navy.
Ron has also served as both a federal and military prosecutor, prosecuting a wide range of cases including child exploitation, theft of sensitive military property, corruption and child abuse.
Since joining Congress in 2013, Ron has been a leader on issues ranging from government accountability, fiscal responsibility, terrorism and constitutional issues. He has helped spearhead efforts to investigate the misdeeds of the IRS, reform the VA, and stop the Iranian nuclear threat. Ron is widely regarded as one of the most pro-Israel members of Congress.
Ron lives in Marineland, FL with his wife Casey, an Emmy award-winning television host, and their baby daughter Madison.