On Tuesday, Governor-elect Ron DeSantis won a tightly contested race to become Florida’s next Governor.It’s also important to note that Florida made history by having its first Latina lieutenant Governor in Jeanette Nuñez. Upon being asked to take the position, Nuñez commented that it was “a huge source of pride for me, for my family, but most importantly for my community.”
In a written press statement, DeSantis announced the four Florida lawmakers that will be involved in his transition team, which includes Speaker Richard Corcoran, Congressman Matt Gaetz, former Senator George Lemieux and former Lt. Governor Toni Jennings will be serving as chairs of the transition team. In addition, Susie Wiles, the DeSantis campaign chair, will take on the role of executive director and Scott Parkinson, Congressman DeSantis’ former chief of staff, will become the deputy executive director.
Congressman Gaetz, whom President Trump called “one of the finest and most talented people in Congress,” easily won reelection Florida’s 1st House District. In addition, Speaker Corcoran was rumored to be throwing his name into the ring during the Republican primaries for Governor but chose to not do so.
In the written press statement, Governor-elect DeSantis explained that “I’m proud of this strong leadership team. They will work to deliver a strong and seamless transition process. 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.”
Although the Democrats went in pursuing a “blue wave,” only a “blue ripple” occurred as Democrats seized control of the House but lost major races and seats in the Senate. DeSantis’ opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum conceded Tuesday night after losing by a razor thin margin, but the Senate race and other state and national races seem to be heading into a recount.Still, the 2018 midterm elections were a referendum on the President’s first two years in office, and DeSantis assures that he’ll be working closely with the President to ensure that the progress made under Governor Rick Scott continues under his term.