DeSantis attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School and graduated from Dunedin High School in 1997. He studied history at Yale University and, as captain of the varsity baseball team, he had the team’s best batting average, .366.
While at Yale he worked a variety of jobs, including electrician’s assistant and baseball camp coach.
DeSantis graduated from Yale in 2001 with a B.A. Magna cum laude. After spending a year as a history teacher at the Darlington School, he attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 2005 with a J.D. cum laude.
In 2004, during his second year at Harvard Law, DeSantis was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG).
In 2005, he completed Naval Justice School. Later that year, he received orders to join the JAG Trial Service Office Command South East at Naval Station Mayport, Florida, as a prosecutor.
In 2006, he was promoted from lieutenant, junior grade to lieutenant. He worked for the commander of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo.
In 2007, DeSantis reported to the Naval Special Warfare Command Group in Coronado, CA, where he was assigned to SEAL Team One and deployed to Iraq with the troop surge as the Legal Advisor to the SEAL Commander, Special Operations Task Force-West in Fallujah.
In 2008, he was appointed as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.
He has received many military medals.
He became the 46th governor of Florida on January 8, 2019.
DeSantis is a Roman Catholic and is married to Casey Black, a former television host for the Golf Channel and WJXT. They have three children.