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Rep. DeSantis- “We Don’t Need Pensions”

By Javier Manjarres

desantis picRepublican freshman Congressman Ron DeSantis is forgoing his congressional pension, saying that he is fulfilling what he had told his constituents he would do and adding “we don’t need one” in the U.S. Congress. DeSantis says that members of Congress need to “lead by example” and said that congressional pensions foster “careerism among politicians” as politicos will have yet another incentive to remain in office. 

DeSantis, who is still in the U.S. Navy’s Select Special Reserve, participates in drills a couple of weeks throughout the year,  and he plans on staying in the military regardless of how long he stays in elected office.  DeSantis notes that he has yet to qualify for his military pension.

Now that I am in Congress, I am not allowed, I will still drill, but I am not allowed to get paid because I am considered a federal employee now. So basically, I am just drilling for retirement points. -Rep. Ron DeSantis

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • Michael

    Congressman Dr Ron Paul from Texas for his 20 years of service that ended this year never took a pension, and returned an unused portion of his yearly office budget to the treasury. Good job following in Dr Paul’s footsteps Congressman Ron DeSantis.

  • http://sharktank sr

    Good example! We need more like DeSantis in government!!

  • http://none william benton

    Rep DeSantis is a true american. The rest of the hacks in congress should follow his example.