Florida Governor and potential 2024 presidential candidate, Republican Ron DeSantis, was sworn in for a second term on Tuesday.
DeSantis defeated Democrat Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor and Democratic congressman, in the November elections by more than 29 percentage points. It was a blow in a state known for close elections, and other Republicans on the state’s ticket won by similar margins.
Along the way, DeSantis has built a national image, often traveling the country to raise funds for himself or campaign for other candidates.
DeSantis used the endorsement of then-President Donald Trump to come out of nowhere and win the governor’s race in 2018, in an election so close it required a recount. DeSantis has championed what he sees as anti-LGBTQ policies, giving parents more control over schoolbooks and instruction, and speaking out on issues such as illegal immigration, relentlessly attacking President Joe Biden, and fighting massive COVID-19 restrictions. Build popularity.
Politically, DeSantis has helped make the state more conservative by getting involved in local politics and taking full control of redrawing congressional maps to give Republicans more power in the House, and reshuffle school boards.
Paradoxically, the man Trump can thank for the success is now seen as the leading Republican challenger for the 2024 election.
Florida’s legislative session begins in two months, and DeSantis is promising legislation that would expand family-friendly tax breaks, gun rights and make it harder for teachers to join unions.
Although DeSantis didn’t go into details, he has also said he supports more restrictions on abortion.