Candidates

Ronald 'Ron' D. DeSantis
(Rep)

Contact Information

Telephone:202-225-2706 (Main phone number)
Telephone:386-866-0984 (Main campaign number)
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Campaign finance

Candidate Background

Birthdate:1978-9-14
Birth place:Jacksonville, FL
Residence:Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Religion:Roman Catholic
First Elected:2012

Candidacy

Party:Republican
Office:House
State:FL
District:District 6
Status:Incumbent
Next Election:2014

Undergraduate education: Yale University

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Degree:BA
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Graduate education: Harvard University

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Degree:JD
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Ron DeSantis was born in Jacksonville, Fla. He earned a degree in history from Yale University, where he was captain of the baseball team, and a law degree from Harvard University.

DeSantis went into the U.S. Navy in 2005 and is currently an office in the Navy Reserve. During his time in the military he worked as a judge advocate general prosecutor and he was deployed to Iraq as an adviser to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander.

DeSantis has written a book called "Dreams from Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama." He has also written articles that have appeared in various conservative publications including the National Review, The Washington Times, Human Events, The American Thinker and The American Spectator.

He and his wife, Casey, live in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Profile

Ron DeSantis is a military veteran, author and attorney who is making his first bid for public office. He was one of several Republican candidates who jumped into the race for Florida's 6th Congressional District seat.

The district — stretching from just south of Jacksonville down the northeast coast of Florida — is solidly Republican.

The seat became vacant after the once-in-a-decade process of redistricting because incumbent U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns ran for a different seat, losing in the 2012 primary.

In the primary for the 6th District, DeSantis defeated a field of Republicans that included a sitting legislator and Craig Miller, a former restaurant company executive who briefly ran for U.S. Senate.

During the primary, DeSantis apologized for missing a series of Republican primary votes between 1998 and 2008.

He says he is running to help advance conservative principles and he has vowed to fight against what he calls the "fixed-pie, class-based economic thinking to which Barack Obama is beholden."

DeSantis has promised to vote to repeal the 2010 health care reform bill as well as financial regulations passed in the wake of the near financial meltdown of 2008.

During his primary campaign, DeSantis received endorsements from several state Republican officials and the Club for Growth, and he also touted the endorsement of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio said he was endorsing DeSantis because DeSantis promised to get tough on immigration.

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Campaigns

Ron DeSantis won his August 2014 primary, he will face David Cox in November.

(Last updated by The Associated Press on September 5, 2014.)

Last updated 12:16am December 27, 2014