Following through on his campaign promise, newly seated Congressman Ron DeSantis is turning down his pension and federal health insurance benefits.
The Republican, whose district includes St. Johns County, says he bought health insurance that is less generous and more costly than the congressional health plan.
"I ran for office to be the type of citizen legislator our Founding Fathers envisioned and to change the prevailing culture in Washington."
DeSantis says elected officials should not be provided pensions at taxpayer expense.
"I have co-sponsored a bill in Congress to end taxpayer-funded pensions for politicians, but until that becomes law I think it is important to lead by example", DeSantis said.
He pointed to a recent National Journal report that finds members of Congress are entitled to a pension program that costs roughly $28 million annually and which enables some lawmakers to pull down six-figure pensions on an annual basis.