Ronald Dion DeSantis (born September 14, 1978) is an American attorney, Naval officer, and Republican politician.
He has served as the 46th governor of Florida since 2019, and he represented Florida's 6th congressional district in Congress from 2013 to 2018.
After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Law School, DeSantis served as an officer and attorney in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S.
DeSantis was a candidate in Florida's 2016 U.S.
Senate election, but withdrew when incumbent senator Marco Rubio announced that he would seek reelection.
DeSantis then opted to run for re-election to his U.S.
House seat and was re-elected.
An ally of President Donald Trump, DeSantis made frequent criticisms of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, urging Trump to shut down or significantly limit the investigation and "suggesting agents should have briefed the Trump campaign about their efforts to investigate certain aides."On August 28, 2018, DeSantis won the Republican primary for governor of Florida.
On September 10, 2018, DeSantis resigned from his seat in the House of Representatives to focus on his gubernatorial campaign.
DeSantis was officially certified as the winner of the general election on November 20, 2018, following a machine recount, defeating Democratic nominee and mayor of Tallahassee Andrew Gillum.
At age 41, DeSantis is the youngest incumbent governor of a U.S.
Following his inauguration, DeSantis has sought an increase in bipartisanship within the state legislature and implemented various reforms in regards to the environment, drug policy, and the state budget; he allocated $2.5 billion for water resource projects including 360 million for Everglades projects, urged the legislature to support the use of smokeable medical cannabis, supported budget increases and appointed several Democrats to positions in his cabinet, moves that surprised both parties and drew praise from lawmakers and the media, with DeSantis telling the Tampa Bay Times that he was "basically doing what I said I was going to do." A February 2019 Public Opinion Research poll indicated a 64% approval, and a 24% disapproval rating for DeSantis, while a March 2019 Quinnipiac University poll found 59% and 17%, respectively, making him one of the most popular governors in the country.