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Rick Scott

Richard Lynn Scott

    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. He also spent $73 million of his own money to introduce himself to Floridians, having no political experience and barely met residency requirements.

    Rick Scott is the former CEO of Columbia/HCA and also started Solantic. Scott was born Dec. 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Ill. He served in the Navy and graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Southern Methodist University Law School. He and his wife, Frances Annette, have two adult daughters.


    1. Under new budget pressures, Florida Senate debates Medicaid expansion

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A potential budget crisis is fueling a new conversation about Medicaid expansion in Florida.

      Senate President Andy Gardiner, right, said a potential $1.3 billion loss in federal funds has given lawmakers a reason to reconsider Medicaid expansion. But House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, left, said, "At this point in time, we are not interested in expanding Medicaid as we know it."
    2. Florida Gov. Rick Scott drops appeals in welfare drug testing case

      State Roundup

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott will not seek U.S. Supreme Court review of a law that would have required applicants for welfare benefits to submit to mandatory drug testing

    3. Clinton email controversy raises questions about Jeb Bush, Rick Scott

      State Roundup

      News that Hillary Clinton used a private email account during her time as Secretary of State draws contrasts and similarities to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and current Gov. Rick Scott, both of whom have drawn criticism for using private email.

    4. Gov. Rick Scott delivers upbeat State of the State address

      State Roundup


      The 2015 session of the Legislature began Tuesday with two starkly different visions of Florida, as Republicans and Democrats used the opening day to mark their political territory and set contrasting priorities for the next two months.

      “We should do exactly what we told voters we would do,”
Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday in his State of the State address.
    5. As Florida's 2015 session begins: 5 people and 5 issues to watch


      TALLAHASSEE — The 2015 session of the Florida Legislature begins Tuesday here with new leaders facing fresh challenges and competing demands for a projected $1 billion budget surplus.

      Traffic passes Florida’s historic Old Capitol building at the intersection of Monroe Street and Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee on Saturday night. Behind it, the Capitol awaits Florida’s lawmakers, who begin their annual 60-day legislative session on Tuesday. 
    6. Chronic prison woes remain unresolved at start of Legislature session

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The two DVDs were only minutes long but they depicted deplorable conditions in the state's prison system: uninhabitable dorms, inmate-on-staff assaults and roofs that were so porous that prison staff rigged sheets of cardboard to serve as makeshift gutters.

      The Department of Corrections chief is seeking $15 million for repairs to facilities, including Lancaster Correctional Institution.
    7. Governor's budget cuts funding for hundreds of health care workers

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Nutritionists who advise poor families, health counselors and family support workers are among hundreds of health care positions that would be cut under Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget.

    8. Dockery: No accountability from governor on prison mess


      Generally when a crisis occurs in a large organization, the CEO is expected to acknowledge and address the problem, keep stakeholders up to date on progress and be held accountable for the problems that occurred.

    9. Gov. Rick Scott faces concern from fellow Republicans over 'tax increase' to fund schools


      TALLAHASSEE — In touting his plan for record school spending, Gov. Rick Scott is ignoring a fact that concerns some of his fellow Republicans: He wants property taxpayers to pay more.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott gives his State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
    10. Florida news outlets suing Gov. Rick Scott want emergency order protecting public records

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida news outlets and First Amendment advocates want a judge to order Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members to safeguard all relevant materials in an open meetings lawsuit, even their aides' cellphone text messages.