In Congressman DeSantis’ acceptance speech Tuesday night, the Governor-elect touched on many issues that he’s looking to combat as Florida’s Governor. One of the tasks he will undertake is appointing three new justices, which he assures will be “solid constitutionalists.”In Orlando, DeSantis spoke to reporters and informed that the court appointees “will be very, very smart, very principled people, but they’re going to understand that their role is to apply the law and not rewrite the law.”
The appointments come as a result of three justices reaching the mandatory retirement age.
In addition, Tuesday’s elections also saw constituents voting for a constitutional amendment that raises the retirement age of a judge from the current mandatory age of 70 to the new retirement age of 75.
However, DeSantis spoke of unity in his acceptance speech, expressing that he’s representing everyone and not just those that voted for him. DeSantis noted that “Political campaigns are a rough business and often about highlighting our differences. And, unfortunately, in this day and age they often spiral into outright demagoguery. But governing is different. Governing is about getting things done on behalf of the people of Florida, keeping our economy going, improving our water quality and environment, promoting public safety and expanding educational opportunities. We need to build a Florida that is cleaner, safer, stronger and that will be my guiding light as governor.”
The Governor-elect also mentioned the environment as one of his top priorities, commenting that “I think the first priority in terms of what is really urgent for Florida is really getting us on a strong track on water quality and the environment.”DeSantis asserted that his relationship with the President would assist in advancing the federal potions of the effort to combat the current environment issues, and the effort includes creating a reservoir near Lake Okeechobee that will assist in diverting and treating polluted water.