Jill Casey DeSantis (née Black, born June 26, 1980) is a former news and television show host who is the current First Lady of Florida as the wife of Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis lives with her husband and three young children in the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee, Florida.
|First Lady of Florida|
January 8, 2019
|Preceded by||Ann Scott|
Jill Casey Black
June 26, 1980
Troy, Ohio, U.S.
Ron DeSantis (m. 2010)
|Education||College of Charleston (BS)|
Education and CareerEdit
Earlier in her career she hosted Golf Channel programs On The Tee and PGA Tour Today. She was also a local newscaster and anchor for WJXT, an independent station in Jacksonville, Florida, and held several positions, including general assignment reporter, morning anchor, and police reporter. She also did special reports, including for CNN. Casey was a creator-moderator for The Chat, an hour-long round table panel discussion talk show that aired on Tegna's Jacksonville stations WTLV (NBC) and WJXX (ABC). She hosted the daily local talk show First Coast Living as well as the weekly The American Dream program about entrepreneurs. Florida politicans calls Casey "one of the most recognizable faces on Jacksonville television, with long runs at two local news operations."
Marriage and ChildrenEdit
She met Ron DeSantis, then a naval officer at Naval Station Mayport, on a golf course. They married in September 2010. Casey and Ron have three children together, two daughters, Madison DeSantis and Mamie DeSantis and a son, Mason DeSantis.
First Lady of Florida (2019-present)Edit
First Lady of Florida
In February 2019, she established the First Lady's Medal for Courage, Commitment, and Service. Soon after, she announced Florida's 2019 Black History Month theme as "Celebrating Public Service" where she and the governor honored the winners of Florida's Black History Month student contests and Excellence in Education Award recipients at the Governor's Mansion. She recognized Mary Ann Carroll, the only female member of The Highwaymen, as Florida's featured artist for the month. She had participated in a Recovery Redfish Release to address the devastating impacts of red tide. "I’ve heard from those throughout Florida who understand that our water must be safe for our families, visitors and economy." Casey has hosted listening sessions on Venezuela, Hurricane Relief, and Mental Health to identify ways to continue statewide improvement. The governor recently appointed his wife as the Chair of the Children & Youth Cabinet.
In August 2019, she presided over the first meeting of the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet as its chair.
- "Jill Casey Desantis's Florida Voter Registration". VoterRecords.com.