Laurel Lee becomes first Florida congressional delegation member to endorse Ron DeSantis
Applications are open for African American Cultural and Historical Grants, Laurel Lee announces.

The Thonotosassa Republican previously served in the Governor's administration.

U.S. Rep. Laurel Lee is the first member of Florida’s congressional delegation to endorse Gov. Ron DeSantis for President. The Thonotosassa Republican issued a statement of support months after leaving the Governor’s administration to run for Congress.

“As Ron DeSantis’s Secretary of State, I had the honor of witnessing firsthand his unparalleled leadership under pressure, his character and his commitment to core conservative principles,” Lee said. “His leadership and his vision made Florida a shining beacon of freedom. Ron DeSantis fights for what matters, and he wins when it matters most.”

Lee came on as Florida Secretary of State in January 2018, not long after DeSantis’ inauguration for his first term as Governor. For most of the next four years, she oversaw Florida’s elections at a statewide level.

When a new congressional map crafted by DeSantis’ Office created an open seat around her home community of Thonotosassa, Lee left the Secretary of State post to run for the seat in Florida’s 15th Congressional District. She secured the Republican nomination in a crowded Primary field. Lee later defeated Democrat Alan Cohn in the battleground district, helping Republicans win a majority in the U.S. House.

Now she says DeSantis is the best choice to take on President Joe Biden in 2024.

“Our country is in crisis, and it is time Americans learn what Floridians already know: Ron DeSantis’ conservative principles, proven track record, and his commitment to our country are exactly what we need in a leader,”

The move comes the same day Lee is set to attend a Washington, D.C., event honoring DeSantis. And To The Republic had announced Lee on its list of special guests along with U.S. Reps. Chip Roy and Thomas Massie, both of whom already endorsed DeSantis.

While DeSantis has not formally announced a run for President, there’s already a race underway for prominent Florida endorsements. But former President Donald Trump clearly holds the lead in that department.

The same day Lee announced, U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, a Jacksonville Republican, became the sixth member of the state’s congressional delegation to back Trump. He follows Byron Donalds, Matt Gaetz, Anna Paulina Luna, Cory Mills and Greg Steube.

Florida has 20 Republican Representatives in the U.S. House.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Dont Say FLA

    April 19, 2023 at 7:39 am

    Well somebody’s apparently got in-state political career ambitions. LOFL. Rhonda’s Panties don’t got what anybody outside of FLA want. Only thing in Rhonda’s Panties is a culture war against children doing evil things such as reading and being who they are.

  • Lex

    April 19, 2023 at 8:48 am

    I think that Desantis will be the better candidate in the long run. Trump had his two election chances. I think Trump was a very good president, other than deficit spending and being a poor role model. The deficit spending truly being the real issue in his political agenda because it weakened the US dollar and now puts the World on the verge of hyperinflation. Trumps poor role model makes him a weaker candidate than Desantis.

    In general, it’s a little early for anyone to be endorsing. Desantis isn’t in the race yet. Trump has not shone to me that the next election will be better. Rhetoric over the last election caused January 6th. That type of issue is an Achilles Heal for Trump.

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