Jan. 10, 2019: Ron DeSantis, Republican, was officially sworn in as the Governor of Florida on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. DeSantis was sworn in at the front of Florida’s Old Capitol. He succeeds Rick Scott, Republican, who left office after four years after he was elected as a U.S. Senator. DeSantis was elected Governor after he defeated Andrew Gillum, Democrat, in a November, 2018, general election. Republicans have the majorities in both branches of the Florida State Legislature.