The Hill’s 2012 New Members Guide: Page 20 of 93

Rep.-elect Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.-6)

DATE OF BIRTH: Sept. 14, 1978

BIRTHPLACE: Jacksonville, Fla.

RESIDENCE: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

OCCUPATION: Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) officer in Naval Reserve; author

EDUCATION: B.A., Yale University; J.D., Harvard Law School 


FAMILY: Wife, Casey

Republicans picked up a newly drawn 6th district in Florida with a victory by JAG Officer Ron DeSantis. 

After working to put himself through Yale University, he went on to earn his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and receive a commission as a Navy JAG officer. A highly decorated serviceman, DeSantis served in the Iraq War as an adviser to a U.S. Navy SEAL commander, and has prosecuted a wide range of federal and military cases, including corruption and “stolen valor” offenses. 

He serves as an officer in the Navy Reserve, and his writings have appeared in outlets such as National Review Online, The American Spectator, American Thinker and Human Events. In addition, DeSantis is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. 

DeSantis emerged victorious from a crowded Republican primary before defeating Democrat Heather Beaven, a fellow veteran of the Navy.