Ronald Dion DeSantis is an American politician who has served as the 46th governor of Florida since 2019.

Widely considered to be one of the most prominent members of the Republican Party, DeSantis previously represented Florida's 6th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018

Four years ago, Ron DeSantis won the governorship of Florida by a fraction of a percent over Democrat Andrew Gillum.

After four years of his conservative leadership, he leaned into hot-button cultural issues like transgender rights and "critical race theory"

He railed against coronavirus pandemic restrictions, and became a fixture on conservative news outlets, he has won re-election by a comfortable margin.

How he did it is particularly remarkable. In 2018, he lost the Democratic stronghold of Miami-Dade county by 20%.

This year, he is on track to be the first Republican governor candidate to win in the majority-Hispanic area since Jeb Bush in 2002. He may even do so by a double-digit percentage.

Mr DeSantis's move to redraw the state's district lines to heavily favour Republican candidates has also paid national dividends

If Mr DeSantis wants to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, he may have to go through his state's most prominent Republican resident - former President Donald Trump - to do so.