TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Today, Florida’s top legislative leaders endorsed Ron DeSantis for president ahead of an expected announcement – likely this month – from the governor that he will run for the Republican presidential nomination.
Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner announced their endorsements shortly after DeSantis signed a trio of anti-human trafficking bills. In a statement, Passidomo said there was no greater vision for the future of the country than the “Florida Blueprint” spearheaded by the governor over the last several years.
“EXACTLY THE KIND OF LEADER WE NEED”
“Under his leadership during the pandemic, the Free State of Florida became a beacon of liberty and opportunity like never before, as families and businesses flocked from high-tax, lockdown states in search of a better way of life,” Passidomo said.
“Governor DeSantis is exactly the kind of leader we need for our country, and I look forward to supporting him for president,” the Senate president added.
Renner said DeSantis’ commonsense solutions kept Florida free from a “radical agenda” that has turned the U.S. into a country without border control, funding for law enforcement or accountability for our education system. Renner also said the direction of the U.S. economy provides no hope for working families trying to earn a living.
“Gov. DeSantis has a proven record of delivering on the pro-family, pro-economic ideals that not only will keep Florida free but will be of critical importance in a 2024 presidential election,” Renner said.
The Florida Legislature helped deliver landmark legislation – signed by DeSantis – that included a six-week abortion ban, decreased threshold for death penalty recommendations, a ban on transgender surgeries for minors and comprehensive immigration reform.
“From workforce housing, to school choice, to insurer accountability, to public safety – we listened to our constituents, incorporated ideas and feedback from our communities, and made our mark with historic reforms to keep our state affordable and her people free,” said Passidomo on May 5 at the close of the 60-day legislative session.