Ron DeSantis became the 46th governor of Florida in January 2019, and the Republican’s national profile grew during the pandemic as he pushed to keep Florida open for business.
His road to the governor’s mansion followed stops as a lawyer in the U.S. Navy and as a member of the House of Representatives. DeSantis is now a potential contender for the 2024 presidential election.
DeSantis is not wealthy by the standards of national politicians, but his wealth has increased during his time as governor and his political fundraising has been impressive.
Since December 2019, DeSantis’ net worth has improved from $291,449 to $348,832, according to the Florida Commission on Ethics website. His assets include a $134,181 governor’s salary, $235,000 in a USAA account and $105,755 in a thrift savings plan, a government retirement and investment plan, according to FCE data. He also has $30,302 in the Florida Retirement System.
DeSantis lives in the governor’s mansion and thus does not have to pay for housing. He sold his home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, for $460,000 in 2019, according to St. John’s County property records.
In 2012, DeSantis ran for the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of District 6. He served three terms before his gubernatorial campaign in 2018.
DeSantis is renowned for his fundraising ability. He has raised over $100 million for his 2022 re-election campaign and is the first candidate from any state to reach this goal by donations alone. While other candidates have accumulated nine-figure campaigns, Meg Whitman (R-Calif.) and JB Pritzker (D-Ill.) financed their campaigns primarily with their own money, according to OpenSecrets.
DeSantis’ fundraising enterprises make him a potentially promising contender in the group of 2024 presidential candidates for the Republican Party.
DeSantis is not independently wealthy and his fundraising support comes from state parties, national parties and wealthy GOP donors. He receives large sums of money via checks from influential Florida businesses and small donations from all 50 states.
DeSantis was born on Sept. 14, 1978, in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Dunedin High in 1997 and attended Yale University, where he studied history, played baseball and joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He briefly taught history after graduating from Yale, before getting his JD from Harvard Law School.
While still in school, DeSantis joined the Navy and completed Naval Justice School. During his time in the military, he worked with detainees at Guantanamo Bay Joint Detention Facility, deployed to Iraq as an advisor to SEAL Team One and served as an assistant U.S. attorney until his honorable discharge in February 2010.
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