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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. Gov. Rick Scott's staff kept records secret for mansion project

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The idea made sense: Create a "governor's park" around the Florida Governor's Mansion to spruce up the entrance by buying up shabby commercial property on the adjacent street and replace it with a grand boulevard and a visitors commons.

      The Governor's Mansion. [Times files (2012)]
    2. Charlie Crist's big win clouded by low turnout questions

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — As Charlie Crist celebrates winning the Democratic nomination for Florida governor, red flags are flying that raise questions about whether he can defeat Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November.

      Charlie Crist celebrates his Democratic primary victory in the Florida governor’s race Tuesday. The Democrats’ effort to build momentum for November now begins.
    3. Adam C. Smith column: 5 things to watch in Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott

      State Roundup

      Charlie Crist, the former self-described Ronald Reagan Republican, officially became the Democratic nominee for Florida governor Tuesday, easily beating back a bare-bones primary challenge from former state Sen. Nan Rich of Broward County.

    4. Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll rips Gov. Rick Scott, others in new book

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — In a new book about her two years as Florida's lieutenant governor, Jennifer Carroll paints a grim picture: ignored by Gov. Rick Scott, belittled by his back-biting staff and forced to resign from office for no reason.

      Former Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll's book, "When You Get There," hit bookstores Wednesday - her birthday.
    5. Bousquet column: Duke Energy makes battle for governor go nuclear

      State Roundup

      A power company that writes six-figure checks to the governor's re-election gets attention.

    6. Gov. Rick Scott calls for review of education standards, state tests

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Seeking to secure votes from parents and the tea party faithful, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday called for a review of Florida's controversial new education benchmarks and a "thorough investigation of all standardized tests."

    7. Records show Gov. Rick Scott's office put up barriers to public records

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott launched Project Sunburst two years ago to give the public easy access to his emails and those of his staff and promised it would become an "unprecedented, transparent window into how state government works."

      Gov. Rick Scott promised transparency from the governor's office, but records show that isn't always the case. [SCOTT KEELER    |    Times]

    8. Gov. Rick Scott rolls out plan to increase per-student spending

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The governor's race on Thursday turned into a contest to see who would spend more on education.

      Gov. Rick Scott speaks at the Florida Polytechnic University's ribbon-cutting ceremony in Lakeland last week. [DEMETRIUS FREEMAN   |   Times]
    9. Scott and Putnam disclose a few more details on King Ranch trips


      TALLAHASSEE — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam this week provided the most detail yet on his hunting trips to King Ranch in Texas, saying he did not discuss state business, such as water policy, while visiting hunting land leased by U.S. Sugar.

      Adam Putnam says his last trip to the Texas ranch was in 2012.
    10. Under fire by Gov. Rick Scott, Citizens chief executive defends overseas travel


      TALLAHASSEE — The chief executive of Florida's state-backed property insurer defended overseas travel Tuesday as Gov. Rick Scott lectured him about the need to be more careful about spending.