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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. Eye of the storms: Florida insurance commissioner wields far-reaching power

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — It is the most powerful job in state government most people can't name.

      Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, who is resigning, speaks to the Florida Cabinet during a meeting last Tuesday.
 [STEVE CANON for Tampa Bay Times]
    2. David Altmaier's quick rise to state insurance commissioner

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Ten years ago, David Altmaier was coaching track and teaching algebra to 9th graders in southern Kentucky.

      David Altmaier interviews with most of the Florida Cabinet via phone for the Insurance Commissioner position Friday. After two other nominations failed, he was selected by the Cabinet for the position.
[Photo by Steve Cannon]

    3. Gov. Rick Scott, CFO Jeff Atwater choose deputy David Altmaier as insurance commissioner

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Running out of time and job applicants, Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members broke a logjam Friday and placed untested state regulator David Altmaier on the hot seat as Florida's new insurance commissioner.

      David Altmaier, left, is congratulated by Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Friday after being named state insurance commissioner. [News Service of Florida]
    4. Clash between Gov. Rick Scott and CFO Jeff Atwater over insurance post goes public

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      TALLAHASSEE — A clash of wills between Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater over choosing Florida's next insurance commissioner threatens to come to a head today.

      Outgoing Florida insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty, from left, will be on the sidelines today as CFO Jeff Atwater and Gov. Rick Scott meet again  over who should succeed him.
    5. Deadlock worsens between Gov. Rick Scott and CFO Jeff Atwater over next insurance commissioner (w/video)

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A tense standoff deepened Tuesday between Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater over who should be Florida's next insurance commissioner, weeks before the start of hurricane season.

      Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, Florida CFO Jeff Atwater, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott discuss insurance legislation in 2012, Atwater and Scott have been at a standstill in agreeing on a successor to McCarty.
    6. It's all about Donald Trump at GOP meeting, even without him there

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      Republicans talked about him in hushed tones along hallways, in line to get coffee, even as they washed their hands in the restroom — though they rarely uttered his name from the microphone.

      Presidential candidate Donald Trump, shown here at an event in Iowa earlier this year, did not attend the Republican National Committee's meeting in Hollywood -- but was still the center of attention.
 [Getty Images]
    7. Gov. Rick Scott cites daughter's experience as motivation for signing rape kit law

      State Roundup

      TAMPA — Gov. Rick Scott got the call no parent wants to hear.

      Rape survivor and rape prevention advocate Julie Weil, left, talks to Gov. Rick Scott after he signed the bill Thursday at the FDLE’s Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center.
    8. Mental health, addiction overhaul signed by Gov. Rick Scott

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      TALLAHASSEE — A restructuring meant to force different parts of Florida's mental health system to work together is now law.

      Kathleen Peters, R-South Pasadena, says the law will build coordinated networks.
    9. Gov. Rick Scott vetoes controversial alimony bill, says it could harm children in divorce cases

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Friday vetoed the single most contentious bill from the 2016 Legislature, a major overhaul of alimony law that would have mandated that judges start with a presumption of equal time-sharing of child custody in divorces.

      During a rally in the state Capitol Tuesday, retired circuit judge Robert Doyel called on Gov. Rick Scott to veto a controversial alimony bill he said was  "bad for Florida." On Friday, Scott did just that, rejecting a measure that had easily passed the Legislature.

    10. Florida posts anemic job gains in March with unemployment at 4.9 percent

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      A spring swoon has overtaken Florida's jobs market, resulting in the smallest monthly job growth in nearly four years.

      Gov. Rick Scott talks with Erin Meagher, owner of coconut oil products distributor Beneficial Blends.