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Congressman Ron DeSantis

Congressman DeSantis is a combat veteran of the US Navy
He is running for United States House of Representatives in
Primary Date: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is endorsing the 63rd Combat Veteran For Congress; he is a fiscal and constitutional conservative candidate who will work to rein in the out-of-control spending of Congress and the Obama Administration.  Lcdr Ron DeSantis, USNR (JAG), a resident of Ponte Vedra Beach in St John’s County, is running for an open seat in the newly-created 6th Congressional District of Florida which includes St Johns, Flager, Volusia, and Putnam Counties.  Lcdr DeSantis was born on September 14, 1978 in Jacksonville, Florida.  Upon graduating from Dunedin High School in Dunedin, FL in June 1997, Ron matriculated at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut where he was captain of the varsity baseball team in his senior year; he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History on May 21, 2001.  Ron subsequently matriculated at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and graduated with a Juris Doctor (JD) degree on June 9, 2005.          

Ron DeSantis was sworn-in to the U.S. Navy at the US Naval Reserve Center, Dallas, TX in May 28, 2004, and was commissioned as an Ensign while still matriculating a Harvard Law School.  In August of 2005, Ensign DeSantis commenced training at both Naval Officer Indoctrination Training Course and the US Naval Justice School in Newport, RI.  On October 3, 2005 he was given constructive credit for attending law school and promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade.  Lcdr (jg) DeSantis completed US Naval Justice School in Newport in December 2005.  In December 2005, Lcdr (jg) DeSantis received orders to report to Trial Service Office Command South East at the US Naval Station, Mayport, FL as a military Prosecutor (the name of the command was subsequently changed to Naval Region Legal Service Office South East).   On June 1, 2006 Lcdr (jg) DeSantis was promoted to Lieutenant.  Lcdr DeSantis had recurring Temporary Duty Assignments on the staff of the Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Commander (JTF-GTMO), working directly for the JTF-GTMO Staff Judge Advocate on matters concerning the incarcerated terrorists at the Guantanamo Bay Joint Detention Facility; he was on duty in GTMO during Christmas of 2006.  In July 2007, Lcdr DeSantis received orders to report to the Naval Special Warfare Command Group ONE in Coronado, California; he was assigned to SEAL Team ONE and ordered to deploy to Iraq on October 7, 2007 with the troop surge.  Lcdr DeSantis was assigned as the Legal Advisor to the SEAL Commander, Special Operations Task Force-West in Fallujah in support of the counterinsurgency missions during the combat deployment of SEAL Team ONE with additional duty in Ramadi, Al Assad, Balad, and Baghdad.  He returned to CONUS on April 15, 2008, at which time he was reassigned to the Naval Region Legal Service Office SE and earned an earned and appointment with the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida until his orders elapsed on January 3, 2009.  Lcdr DeSantis was assigned as a Trial Defense Counsel for the Naval Region Legal Service Office SE until he left active duty and was Honorably Discharged on February 28, 2010; he accepted a commission as a Lieutenant in the US Naval Reserve. Lcdr DeSantis’ current Reserve Billet is with Region Legal Service Office SE; his duties include presiding over Article 32 investigations and providing command advice to Naval Reserve Commanding Officers, with various duty assignments at US Naval Station, Mayport, FL and the US Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL.  For his duty assignment with SEAL Team ONE in support of counterinsurgency missions in Iraq, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (meritorious service) and the Iraq Campaign Medal.

Ron DeSantis is an accomplished military and federal prosecutor, has authored a book entitled Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama which was published in 2011 ( Since the publication of Dreams from Our Founding Fathers, he has given speeches throughout Florida, including in Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Venice, Gainesville, and the Villages.  He has also been teaching U.S. Military Law at home and abroad – a course he personally designed based on his operational experiences and court-martial cases – at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, FL.  His writing has appeared in National Review Online, the Washington Times, The American Spectator, Human Events, and the American Thinker.  Ron has been endorsed by Erick Erickson the Managing editor of, has been lauded by Donald Trump, and is being supported by the former Jacksonville Mayor John Peayton.  He is a member of the VFW, the American Legion, Ponte Vedra Beach Republican Club, the Conservative Republican Forum of Jacksonville, the Association of the United States Navy, and Yale Baseball Alumni AssociationHe has been married to Casey Black DeSantis for nearly three years; Casey is an Emmy Award-winning television host of the show “First Coast Living.” They attend Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL    

The Combat Veterans for Congress PAC is pleased to endorse Lcdr Ron DeSantis, USNR (JAG) who will bring to Congress extraordinary public sector and private sector skills and wisdom to better solve problems and represent his Congressional District and the Republic. If you review Lcdr DeSantis’ positions on his Web site, you would be pleased with his stands; they agree with the Combat Veterans For Congress Mission Statement.  We look forward to working with Lcdr DeSantis, and are pleased that a Combat Veteran of his caliber is running for Congress.  If you have friends, associates, or relatives who know voters in the 6th Congressional District of Florida, kindly pass this E-mail on to them, and ask them to support Lcdr DeSantis by working in his campaign, providing financial support for his campaign in any amount, and/or by networking with others who would be willing to support his campaign.  The military is one of the few remaining institutions producing the caliber of men and women needed to restore this nation to the greatness our Founding Fathers envisioned.  We have endorsed another Combat Veteran For Congress that General George Washington would have approved of.  He is a Veteran who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including his life.”

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