Rick Scott is a Republican elected governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Democrat Alex Sink, the state's chief financial officer, in the closest governor's race since 1876, buoyed by an outsider's image, a "Let's Get to Work" promise to create jobs and a massive TV campaign. His ads played on anti-immigration sentiments during the primary against Attorney General Bill McCollum, and then voter dissatisfaction with Washington in the general election.
Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money to introduce himself to Floridians, having moved to Naples in 2003 and barely meeting the office's residency requirement. He has no political experience and is the first Floridian since 1888 to be elected governor in his first campaign for public office.
Rick Scott is the former CEO of Columbia/HCA, once the nation's largest hospital chain, but resigned in 1997 during a federal Medicare fraud investigation that ended in $1.7 billion in fines against the company. He also started Solantic, a Jacksonville-based chain of walk-in clinics.
Rick Scott was born Dec. 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Ill., the son of a trucker and a JCPenney clerk. He served in the Navy and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Methodist University Law School. He and his wife, Ann, have two adult daughters.