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Ron DeSantis’ transition team includes Matt Gaetz, Richard Corcoran

The new administration begins its planning the day after DeSantis scored an upset victory.
Governor elect Ron DeSantis takes the stage with his wife Casey after winning the election over Democrat Andrew Gillum. Photo by Chris Urso, Times Staff photographer
Published Nov. 7, 2018
Updated Nov. 7, 2018

On Tuesday, former Congressman Ron DeSantis became Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis.

On Wednesday, the work began.

DeSantis announced the team that would lead his transition into the governor's mansion Wednesday afternoon.

It includes:

  • Executive Director Susie Wiles, who chaired DeSantis’ successful campaign
  • Deputy Executive Director Scott Parkinson, DeSantis’ former chief of staff
  • Congressman Matt Gaetz
  • Former Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran — who initially endorsed DeSantis’ primary opponent early on in the race
  • Former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux
  • Former Lieutenant Governor Toni Jennings

Gaetz, Corcoran, LeMieux and Jennings will all serve as chairs on the transition team, according to a Wednesday press release.

"I'm confident these individuals will ensure our administration is ready to lead on day one to make our state cleaner, safer and stronger for all Floridians," DeSantis said in a release.