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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. Eyeing Senate bid, Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera must decide whether to stay or go


      TALLAHASSEE — After 18 months in Gov. Rick Scott's shadow, Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has to make his first big decision.

      Carlos Lopez-Cantera was chosen lieutenant governor in 2013 after Jennifer Carroll was forced out.
    2. Gov. Rick Scott has spent nearly $300,000 on political consultants since April


      TALLAHASSEE — For someone who cannot seek re-election, Gov. Rick Scott is spending a whole lot of money on political consultants, adding fuel to speculation that he is aiming to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018.

      Gov. Rick Scott, facing a state term-limit law, has never hidden his interest in national politics.
    3. Gov. Rick Scott's vetoes leave lingering damage with lawmakers


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's sudden and sweeping vetoes of lawmakers' projects have stirred up more bad blood with the Senate that is likely to linger.

      Gov. Rick Scott signs the 2015-16 state budget, in which he vetoed $461 million worth of programs, behind closed doors on Tuesday.
    4. Florida's feud over the uninsured to continue after ruling

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and the legislative opponents to the Affordable Care Act dodged a bullet Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the federal health insurance subsidies, but it did little to narrow the divide between Republicans over how to handle Florida's uninsured.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks to the media before heading to a meeting with Connecticut business owners at the Hilton Hotel, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. Scott has been actively encouraging companies from across the country to move to the Sunshine State and was scheduled to meet with Connecticut business leaders on Thursday and Friday. [Michael McAndrews | The Hartford Courant via AP]
    5. Reaction to Gov. Rick Scott's vetoes runs from anger to disappointment to applause

      State Roundup

      Reaction to Gov. Rick Scott's $461 million worth of vetoes he announced in signing the state budget:

    6. Gov. Rick Scott vetoes $461M in budget, angering Republicans

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Moving with surprising speed and secrecy, Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $461 million from the state budget Tuesday, enraging fellow Republicans for wiping out their priorities with the stroke of a pen.

      Gov. Rick Scott's official Twitter account, @FLGovScott, tweeted this picture Tuesday morning of him signing the state budget. [Executive Office of Gov. Rick Scott]
    7. Taxpayers foot the bill as Scott settles open-government lawsuits

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — For the second time in a month, Gov. Rick Scott is negotiating a settlement that would use taxpayer dollars to end a lawsuit that claims he violated the state Sunshine Law.

    8. Florida taxpayers on hook for $1.5 million in legal fees for drug test lawsuits

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida taxpayers are on the hook for more than $1.5 million in legal fees — including nearly $1 million to civil-rights lawyers — because of Gov. Rick Scott's failed push to force welfare applicants and tens of thousands of state workers to submit to suspicionless drug tests.

    9. Two months late, Florida lawmakers approve state budget

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — After flirting with fiscal disaster, the Florida Legislature finally passed a state budget Friday, two months late and many millions of dollars short of what Gov. Rick Scott promised voters.

      From left, Sens. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and Anitere Flores, R-Miami, talk during the commentary portion on the budget bill at the end of the Legislature’s special session on Friday.
    10. Gov. Rick Scott drops push for injunction in federal health care lawsuit

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Pointing to a budget agreement reached by lawmakers, Gov. Rick Scott's attorneys late Tuesday withdrew a request for a preliminary injunction in a legal battle with the Obama administration about health care funding, according to a notice filed in federal court in Pensacola.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott dropped an injunction in the federal health care lawsuit but is not withdrawing the lawsuit. [Associated Press]