Governor Ron DeSantis (R) issues one executive order from Feb. 6-12

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued one executive order from Feb. 6-12. As of Feb. 12, DeSantis has issued 34 executive orders in 2023—one more than he did at this point a year ago.

Governors use executive orders to manage executive branch operations. During the week of Feb. 6-12, the nation’s governors issued seven executive orders. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) issued the most with two. Governors in 44 states issued none. Republican governors issued five of the seven orders, while Democratic governors issued two.

DeSantis has served as governor since Jan. 8, 2019. He issued 272 executive orders in 2022 and 246 in 2021. Nationally, governors issued at least 1,559 executive orders in 2022. Governors have issued 234 executive orders in 2023. Republican governors issued 168, while Democratic governors issued 66. Florida is a Republican trifecta, meaning Republicans control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

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