RON DeSantis has been regularly dubbed one to watch when it comes to who will be the next Republican to challenge for the White House.
The Florida governor, 43, is often second only to Donald Trump when it comes to who GOP voters would like to see in the race in 2024.
His popularity is, in part, thanks to his Emmy award-winning wife Casey.
She was even dubbed DeSantis’ “secret weapon” by local media in 2018.
Here The Sun looks at how the couple met and what is next for them.
Ron and Casey – who share three young children Madison, Mason, and Mamie – have been married for more than a decade.
Former journalist Casey – who was host for the PGA Tour – has described meet Ron for the first time on the driving range.
“We met at the University of North Florida at the driving range off Kernan,” she told First Coast News in 2018.
“I kept looking over my shoulder because I wanted the bucket of balls that somebody had left because my swing was so terrible.
“I needed as much practice as I could possibly get. As I’m looking over behind me, Ron is over there. He thinks I’m looking at him.
“I was really looking at the balls. Long story short we started to talk and that’s how we met.”
ELECTED TO GOVERNOR
Ron became governor of Florida in 2019.
His website describes Florida first lady Casey as “Emmy-award winner, champion equestrian.”
She was raised in Ohio and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
The website adds: “She worked for two Florida television stations in Jacksonville, where she held positions ranging from general assignment reporter, police beat reporter, weekend anchor, and morning anchor.”
Casey DeSantis has been the first lady of Florida since her husband became governor in 2019.
She spoke of their new roles and raising little Madison, Mason and Mamie in an interview a few months after her husband took office.
It’s the first time in five decades that young children are living in the governor’s mansion in Tallahassee.
“We’re just going to make sure that they don’t destroy any of Florida’s irreplaceable history, because there are so many wonderful, neat artifacts around,” Casey DeSantis told Tallahassee magazine, referring to the historic mansion.
“You go into the dining room, you see stuff from the USS Florida. You see the late 19th-century wallpaper, and I don’t think that orange crayon would look good on that.”
The Republican governor added: “We tried to baby-proof this place, but there are so many nooks and crannies, and they find all the nooks and crannies.
“So we run around. She runs around all the time and really does a phenomenal job because she’s out on the road, too.”
He told the magazine that the kids are being raised “in an environment that’s very atypical.”
“You have this house, you have staff, you have a mansion chef and all this stuff, and that’s not how I, or Casey, grew up, and so I think we’re going to be cognizant to make sure that the kids are grounded and that they don’t have any type of sense of entitlement.”
The first lady told the magazine that “we’re grateful and appreciative for everything that we have. I think they need to have a good sense of that.”
In October last year, Ron revealed his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
“As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will have not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state.
“Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up,” said DeSantis.
When asked about her husband, Casey: “He’s always been a guy that’s been pushing me in the right direction to succeed and I think that’s very special.”