Florida Could Change Law Requiring Candidates to Resign from Office While Running for Another Position

The potential change comes as DeSantis is expected by some to announce his run for president.

QUICK FACTS:
  • A Florida law that requires a state governor to resign if they run for the presidency could be changed by state congress.
  • This news comes following wide speculation that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is making plans to run for president.
  • Passidomo and Florida House Speaker Paul Renner (R-Palm Coast) have both said they think it’s a “good idea” to change the law.
OFFICIAL DETAILS:
  • If the terms of the two offices overlap, Florida law requires anyone seeking a new office to submit an irreversible letter of resignation prior to qualifying.
  • Four years after lawmakers altered the legislation to allow then-Gov. Charlie Crist to run for vice president, they went back on their decision and reinstated the requirement that anyone running for federal office retire before the election.
  • “If an individual who is Florida governor is running for president, I think he should be allowed to do it,” Florida State Senate President Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) told reporters, “I really do. That’s a big honor and a privilege, so it is a good idea.”
BACKGROUND:
  • Concern about DeSantis running for president began on the same day as former President Donald Trump announced his third presidential campaign.
  • The Florida governor said in a recent interview that the GOP needed to “chill out a little bit” about their 2024 campaign projections, as American Faith previously reported.
  • “We just finished this election, OK? People just need to chill out a little bit on some of this stuff,” DeSantis said at the press conference.