Served our Country in the Military and now in Office- Congressman-elect Ron Desantis

Posted December 7, 2012




This is the sixth in a series of profiles of the 12 veterans elected to Congress for the first time in November.

Ron DeSantis is a native Floridian, elected to represent a portion of the state’s north coast, including the cities of Daytona Beach and St. Augustine. He attended Yale University, where he was captain of the school’s baseball team in his senior year.

The new representative entered the U.S. Navy in 2004 and completed Naval Justice School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School the next year. As a Judge Advocate General officer, he was assigned as a military prosecutor. He was later assigned to Joint Task Force-Guantanamo, working directly with suspected terrorists held at the Guantanamo Bay Joint Detention Facility.  In 2007, the future congressman was assigned to SEAL Team One. He deployed to Iraq as legal advisor to the SEAL commander, Special Operations Task Force-West in Fallujah. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

In 2008, he was reassigned to the Naval Region Legal Service-Southeast, based in Jacksonville, Florida. He was also appointed to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida. He was honorably discharged in 2010 and accepted a commission as a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve.

Mr. DeSantis authored the book, Dreams from Our Founding Fathers:  First Principles in the Age of Obama, published in 2011. His writing has also been published by National Review Online, Washington Times, and other print and online publications. His wife is an Emmy-award winning television host and currently reside in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.