An evening of patriotism and conviviality, honoring the work of longtime patriot and tireless defender of America and her founding principles—our 2021 honoree, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Also featuring Michael Knowles, conservative commentator, media host, and Claremont Fellowship alumnus, as the Master of Ceremonies.
Ryan P. Williams
President, Claremont Institute
Governor of Florida
Governor DeSantis attended Yale University, where he captained the university baseball team and graduated magna cum laude. He also gradated with honors from Harvard Law School. While there, he earned a commission in the U.S. Navy as a JAG Officer. During his service, then-Lieutenant DeSantis deployed to Iraq as an advisor to a U.S. Navy SEAL Commander, receiving military decorations including the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Bronze Star Medal.
Prior to serving as Governor, DeSantis served as the U.S. Congressman for Florida’s 6th District. As Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, DeSantis spearheaded efforts to reform the VA, combat terrorism, identify government waste and relocate the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. As a Congressman, DeSantis championed term limits, fiscal responsibility with a strong national defense.
He is married to First Lady Casey DeSantis; they are the proud parents of three children: Madison, Mason, and Mamie. They are the youngest family living in the Florida Governor’s Mansion in nearly fifty years.
Host, "The Michael Knowles Show"
In 2017, Michael published the №1 national bestselling treatise Reasons to Vote for Democrats, which President Donald Trump hailed as “a great book for your reading enjoyment.” Earlier this year, his latest book Speechless: Controlling Words, Controlling Minds was released. Michael is a graduate of Yale University and has lectured on college campuses around the country.