DeSantis receives 99 presidential endorsements from state lawmakers

by | May 17, 2023

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis gained support from 99 state GOP lawmakers for his expected White House bid, including prominent figures like Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner.
  • DeSantis also received endorsements from 51 New Hampshire and 37 Iowa state legislators, while the Trump campaign criticized the endorsements and claimed legislators risk setbacks to their agendas by supporting Trump or other GOP candidates.
  • The endorsements coincide with reports of Team DeSantis relocating from the Republican Party of Florida headquarters this week, hinting at an imminent announcement of DeSantis’ presidential candidacy.

Gov. Ron DeSantis added a war chest of endorsements to his growing arsenal on Wednesday as 99 state GOP lawmakers announced their public backing of his anticipated bid for the White House.

Despite not yet launching an official campaign, DeSantis has garnered significant support from state Republicans, including Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, House Speaker Paul Renner, and the Pro Tempore of both chambers, Sen. Dennis Baxley and Rep. Chuck Clemons.

Amid speculation that they could break for former president Donald Trump in the GOP primary, Passidomo and Renner served as two of DeSantis’ biggest political allies since being appointed to their leadership roles, helping the governor usher in his list of legislative priorities during the most recent legislative session.

“There is no greater vision for the future of our country than the “Florida Blueprint” Governor DeSantis spearheaded over the last several years,” said Passidomo. “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. Governor DeSantis is exactly the kind of leader we need for our country, and I look forward to supporting him for President.”

Wednesday’s rollout of endorsements leaves thirteen GOP lawmakers who have not made their stance public. Sen. Joe Gruters stands as the sole supporter of Trump among the Republican legislators, having served as a longstanding political ally of the former President dating back to his role as the Florida co-chairman of Trump’s 2016 campaign.

The endorsements coincide with reports of Team DeSantis relocating from the Republican Party of Florida headquarters this week, hinting at an imminent announcement of DeSantis’ presidential candidacy. The cost of the move is likely to surpass $5,000, triggering a Federal Elections Commission requirement that necessitates a ‘Statement of Candidacy’ filing within 15 days.

DeSantis’ political operation also informed The Capitolist that he earned endorsements from 51 New Hampshire state legislators this week, coming just days after DeSantis 37 Iowa state legislators backed his forthcoming campaign.

The Trump campaign issued immediate criticisms of DeSantis’ endorsements, asserting that state legislators risk shortcomings for their legislative agendas should they elect to align themselves with Trump or another GOP candidate.

“It’s no surprise that Ron DeSantis and his political cronies have continued to terrorize the Florida legislature with the threat of his veto pen if they don’t acquiesce to his demand to endorse his candidacy,” said Trump campaign Spokesperson Stephen Cheung. “Those who he can’t control—including almost the entirety of the Florida federal congressional delegation— have endorsed President Trump because he’s the only candidate who can beat Joe Biden and take back the White House.”

In a show of strong home state support in recent months, Trump received the endorsements of 11 U.S. Representatives from Florida including Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, and Rep. Byron Donalds. Trump’s congressional endorsements from Florida are the most for any presidential contender from a rival’s home state at this time in the primary calendar since at least 1972, according to FiveThirtyEight’s historical database of endorsements in presidential primaries.

Representatives endorsing DeSantis: 

  • Rep. Paul Renner (HD-19)
  • Rep. Shane Abbott (HD-5)
  • Rep. Thad Altman (HD-32)
  • Rep. Danny Alvarez (HD-69)
  • Rep. Adam Anderson (HD-57)
  • Rep. Alex Andrade (HD-2)
  • Rep. Jessica Baker (HD-17)
  • Rep. Douglas Bankson (HD-39)
  • Rep. Webster Barnaby (HD-29)
  • Rep. Fabián Basabe (HD-106)
  • Rep. Melony Bell (HD-49)
  • Rep. Kimberly Berfield (HD-58)
  • Rep. Adam Botana (HD-80)
  • Rep. Robert Brackett (HD-34)
  • Rep. Chuck Brannan (HD-10)
  • Rep. James Buchanan (HD-74)
  • Rep. Jennifer Canady (HD-50)
  • Rep. Mike Caruso (HD-87)
  • Rep. Ryan Chamberlin (HD-24)
  • Rep. Linda Chaney (HD-61)
  • Rep. Chuck Clemons (HD-22)
  • Rep. Wyman Duggan (HD-12)
  • Rep. Tiffany Esposito (HD-77)
  • Rep. Tom Fabricio (HD-110)
  • Rep. Juan Fernandez-Barquin (HD-118)
  • Rep. Randy Fine (HD-33)
  • Rep. Alina Garcia (HD-115)
  • Rep. Sam Garrison (HD-11)
  • Rep. Mike Giallombardo (HD-79)
  • Rep. Karen Gonzalez Pittman (HD-65)
  • Rep. Peggy Gossett-Seidman (HD-91)
  • Rep. Michael Grant (HD-75)
  • Rep. Tommy Gregory (HD-72)
  • Rep. Griff Griffitts (HD-6)
  • Rep. Fred Hawkins (HD-35)
  • Rep. Jeff Holcomb (HD-53)
  • Rep. Berny Jacques (HD-59)
  • Rep. Sam Killebrew (HD-48)
  • Rep. Traci Koster (HD-66)
  • Rep. Chip LaMarca (HD-100)
  • Rep. Tom Leek (HD-28)
  • Rep. Vicki Lopez (HD-113)
  • Rep. Randy Maggard (HD-54)
  • Rep. Patt Maney (HD-4)
  • Rep. Ralph Massullo (HD-23)
  • Rep. Stan McClain (HD-27)
  • Rep. Lawrence McClure (HD-68)
  • Rep. Fiona McFarland (HD-73)
  • Rep. Lauren Melo (HD-82)
  • Rep. Kiyan Michael (HD-16)
  • Rep. Jim Mooney (HD-120)
  • Rep. Toby Overdorf (HD-85)
  • Rep. Bobby Payne (HD-20)
  • Rep. Daniel Perez (HD-116)
  • Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka (HD-78)
  • Rep. Rachel Plakon (HD-36)
  • Rep. Alex Rizo (HD-112)
  • Rep. Spencer Roach (HD-76)
  • Rep. Will Robinson (HD-71)
  • Rep. Bob Rommel (HD-81)
  • Rep. Joel Rudman (HD-3)
  • Rep. Michelle Salzman (HD-1)
  • Rep. Jason Shoaf (HD-7)
  • Rep. Tyler Sirois (HD-31)
  • Rep. David Smith (HD-38)
  • Rep. John Snyder (HD-86)
  • Rep. Paula Stark (HD-47)
  • Rep. Kevin Steele (HD-55)
  • Rep. Cyndi Stevenson (HD-18)
  • Rep. John Temple (HD-52)
  • Rep. Josie Tomkow (HD-51)
  • Rep. Dana Trabulsy (HD-84)
  • Rep. Chase Tramont (HD-30)
  • Rep. Keith Truenow (HD-26)
  • Rep. Kaylee Tuck (HD-83)
  • Rep. Taylor Yarkosky (HD-25)
  • Rep. Brad Yeager (HD-56)

Senators endorsing DeSantis 

  • Sen. Kathleen Passidomo (SD-28)
  • Sen. Ben Albritton (SD-27)
  • Sen. Bryan Avila (SD- 39)
  • Sen. Dennis Baxley (SD-13)
  • Sen. Jim Boyd (SD-20)
  • Sen. Jennifer Bradley (SD-6)
  • Sen. Jason Brodeur (SD-100)
  • Sen. Douglas Broxson (SD-1)
  • Sen. Danny Burgess (SD-23)
  • Sen. Colleen Burton (SD-12)
  • Sen. Alexis Calatayud (SD-38)
  • Sen. Jay Collins (SD-13)
  • Sen. Nick DiCeglie (SD-18)
  • Sen. Gayle Harrell (SD-31)
  • Sen. Travis Hutson (SD-7)
  • Sen. Blaise Ingoglia (SD-11)
  • Sen. Jonathan Martin (SD-33)
  • Sen. Debbie Mayfield (SD-19)
  • Sen. Keith Perry (SD-9)
  • Sen. Corey Simon (SD-3)
  • Sen. Jay Trumbull (SD-2)
  • Sen. Clay Yarborough (SD-4)


  1. MH/Duuuval

    Exhaustive list of kowtowers but, more to the point, which state legislators DIDN’T endorse the great man? They know he’s keeping score and that he can veto their projects in the budget this year — and for years to come.

  2. rlwoody53

    I support Governor Ron DeSantis if he decides to run for the Presidency.

  3. TroySchoonover

    The early states know Trump well, and it’s not going well for him there. Looking forward to the DeSantis campaign really beginning in earnest!

  4. Germansmith

    Thanks for the list. We will remember those supporting this fascist and we will not forget

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