WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Laurel Lee (R-FL) wants to see Governor Ron DeSantis rather than former president Donald Trump in the White House in 2024.
Lee, who served as DeSantis’ secretary of state from 2019 to 2022, announced her endorsement on Tuesday. She is the first Congressional representative from Florida to endorse the governor. Although the governor has not yet announced his intention to run, he is widely expected to do so.
U.S. Representatives Byron Donalds, Cory Mills, Matt Gaetz, Anna Paulina Luna and John Rutherford have given their support for Trump.
“Our country is in crisis, and it is time Americans learn what Floridians already know: Ron DeSantis’s conservative principles, proven track record, and his commitment to our country are exactly what we need in a leader,” Lee said in a statement.
“It was my honor to serve in his administration and it is my honor today to endorse him for President of the United States,” she added.
Prior to serving in the DeSantis administration, Lee served as a Circuit Court Judge in Florida’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, Florida, appointed by then-Governor Rick Scott. Before becoming a judge, Lee served as a federal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida. Her husband, former Senate President Tom Lee, served in the Florida Senate for 18 years.