Governor-elect Ron DeSantis announced the selection of four Florida leaders to serve as chairs on his transition team for his new administration. The appointments come less than 24 hours after DeSantis won the gubernatorial contest in Florida with a narrow victory over Democrat Andrew Gillum.
Congressman Matt Gaetz, Speaker Richard Corcoran,former U.S. Senator George LeMieux, and former Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings will serve as chairs to the Ron DeSantis transition team.
They will join DeSantis campaign chair, Susie Wiles, who will serve as the transition team’s executive director. Congressman DeSantis’ former Chief of Staff, Scott Parkinson, will join the team as deputy executive director.
“I’m proud of this strong leadership team. They will work to deliver a strong and seamless transition process,” said DeSantis. “I’m confident these individuals will ensure our administration is ready to lead on day one to make our state cleaner, safer and stronger for all Floridians.”
Gaetz is a former member of the Florida House of Representatives from the western panhandle of Florida who went on to be elected to Congress where he served with DeSantis for the past couple of years and, who like DeSantis, is a big supporter of President Donald Trump.
Corcoran is the outgoing speaker of the Florida House who considered entering the race for governor, but decided against it and endorsed Adam Putnam, who DeSantis defeated in the GOP primary. He later endorsed DeSantis in the general election.
LeMieux is a former political adviser who served as chief of staff for former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who appointed LeMieux to the U.S. Senate to fill out the term of Mel Martinez who decided to retire early.
Jennings is a former Senate President who spent years in the Legislature and would go on to serve as lieutenant governor in Jeb Bush’s administration.