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Rep. Ron DeSantis Will Run for Rubio's Senate Seat

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Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla. (Handout/U.S. Government/Office of Congressman Ron DeSantis)

By    |   Wednesday, 06 May 2015 12:46 PM

Rep. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday he is running for the Senate, and he has the backing of at least one influential group.

DeSantis revealed his plans via an email statement.

"America needs a new generation of leaders to address the big issues facing the country: alleviating the middle class squeeze and promoting economic opportunity, confronting the significant national security challenges threatening the safety of our people, and reforming the culture of Washington, D.C.," the Florida Republican said.

"As a candidate for Senate, I look forward to offering reforms based on limited government principles that will make our country stronger and more prosperous. I see a bright future for Florida and for America and my campaign will be about the ideas and principles that will help us achieve a more perfect union."

DeSantis is running for the seat to be vacated by Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who is running for president.

In a separate email statement, the right-leaning Club for Growth said it will support DeSantis in his effort to switch to the other side of the U.S. Capitol.

"The Club for Growth PAC strongly endorses Ron DeSantis for U.S. Senate," Club for Growth President David McIntosh said. "The Club's PAC endorsed Ron when he first ran for the House in 2012, and he has exceeded our expectations as a pro-growth lawmaker. He's fought for the repeal of Obamacare and worked hard to stop Washington's out-of-control spending.

"Ron DeSantis has been a courageous voice for economic conservatism in the House, and he's the best choice to carry on the great work that Senator Marco Rubio has already done in representing Florida."

The statement adds that DeSantis "has a lifetime Club for Growth rating of 95 percent."

DeSantis took office in 2013, although he has worked in public service since 2004 when he joined the Navy as a member of the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG). He later became a military prosecutor and also served in Iraq as a legal adviser to SEAL Team One.

DeSantis is now a member of the Navy Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander.

DeSantis was rumored to be a potential candidate to replace Rubio after the latter joined the presidential race last month.

"Marco Rubio has done a great job in the U.S. Senate. His 2010 campaign inspired me to consider running for office, and I have no doubt that he will make a compelling candidate on the national stage," DeSantis said last month.

"As it became clear that Senator Rubio was likely to run for president, I received encouragement to consider running for the Senate. Casey and I will use the next several weeks to discuss the race with our friends and supporters and will make a decision in short order."

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