Meet Florida's first lady Casey DeSantis

By Mike Vasilinda - Tallahassee Bureau Chief

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - First lady Casey DeSantis is taking an active role in her husband's administration, putting a major focus on helping hurricane victims in the Panhandle, but she is also the mother of two young children.

Some have called her the governor’s secret weapon. 

A former television journalist, she endeared herself to voters with a humorous campaign commercial in which she and her husband expressed their admiration for President Donald Trump.

Now, as first lady, she is pushing her husband's and her own agenda.

"I really want to take this unique opportunity to put a spotlight on people who are far more deserving than myself,” she said.

She has taken an active role in hurricane relief, she has strong opinions, and thinks her husband's focus on the environment is spot on.

“We gotta get this right. That’s why he wants a chief science office. He wants to make sure there is sound science,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis said she often reads her husband's speeches ahead of time, but didn’t see his State of the State address.

In it, the governor told the story of how the two met for the first time while hitting golf balls at a driving range.

“I thought, oh my goodness,” said DeSantis. “Where is this going, you know?”

The story ended the governor’s address with the line, “Sometimes it just pays to be at the right place at the right time."

"I thought it was really great way to tie up the whole thing,” DeSantis said.

The governor has embraced his new job with almost breakneck speed, traveling the state almost daily, but the first lady tells us that hasn't gotten him off the hook with his family and parental duties.

“My son was still not sleeping through the night. He was waking up at 3 a.m., and I said, 'You know, I don't care if you’re the governor of Florida, get (up),' and he took the share of the duties and he went in there, and he’s changing diapers and giving bottles,” DeSantis said. "So I don’t know if people know that he was up a lot with our son, rocking him back to sleep, and he was up the next morning heading to Mexico Beach.”

Not since 1966 have small children lived in the Governor's Mansion. 

Prior to the election, now-Gov. Ron DeSantis said his wife would either be first lady or a Fox News contributor. 

She said she’s more than happy and humbled to be living in the Governor’s Mansion.

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