From Electrician's Assistant to Florida Governor: How Ron DeSantis' Working-Class Roots Define His Leadership Style
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From Electrician's Assistant to Florida Governor: How Ron DeSantis' Working-Class Roots Define His Leadership Style

6 March 2023
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From Electrician's Assistant to Florida Governor: How Ron DeSantis' Working-Class Roots Define His Leadership Style

DeSantis from the working-class

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently released his book, "The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival", where he discusses how his working-class background and first job as an electrician’s assistant have influenced his governing style.

DeSantis worked as an electrician’s assistant to pay for college after being accepted into Yale University. He writes about how this job, which paid only $6 an hour, made him appreciate the value of a hard day's work.

DeSantis also discusses the role that the federal government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) played in his job as an electrician's assistant. He recalls how he was sent home on his first day of work because his old work boots were not OSHA approved. He had to spend most of his first week's paycheck to buy a new pair of boots that met OSHA's requirements.

DeSantis credits his parents' work ethic for shaping his own. His father worked for Nielsen placing devices on TV sets of selected households, which led to the family moving around Florida. His mother was a nurse who balanced helping patients with raising DeSantis and his younger sister. DeSantis remembers his parents always attending his youth baseball games despite their busy schedules. He also discusses how his upbringing in Florida and the blue-collar, working-class areas of western Pennsylvania and northeast Ohio, where his parents were raised, gave him a unique perspective on life.

Finally, DeSantis writes about the decline of the steel industry in western Pennsylvania and how politicians played a role in hollowing out the nation's Rust Belt. He believes that his experiences have given him the perspective to lead Florida to new heights and believes that Florida can serve as a blueprint for the revival of the United States.

In summary, Governor Ron DeSantis' book, "The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival", discusses his working-class background, his first job as an electrician’s assistant, and the role his parents played in shaping his values. He also talks about the decline of the steel industry and how Florida can serve as a blueprint for America's revival.

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