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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 calls for $85 million for Florida jobs incentive program

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Despite being snubbed by the Legislature six months ago, Gov. Rick Scott is again pressing lawmakers for money to give to businesses in exchange for them moving to Florida and creating jobs.

      Gov. Rick Scott announced March job numbers on April 15 at Beneficial Blends, a coconut oil company, in Tampa.

 (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)
    2. Scott sidelined Lopez-Cantera during GOP Senate race, schedules show

      State Roundup

      MIAMI — Something unusual happened to Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera this month: Gov. Rick Scott started giving him things to do again.

      Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera speaks during the 2015 AP Florida Legislative Planning Session on October 14, 2015. (Walter Michot  |  Miami Herald)
    3. Scott promises $25 million emergency spending to find Zika vaccine

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is using his emergency powers to direct $25 million to research a Zika virus vaccine, he said Thursday.

      Gov. Rick Scott’s unusual move directs the first emergency Zika money to research.  [Associated Press]
    4. Former Tampa Bay Water executive named to Public Service Commission


      TALLAHASSEE — A water utilities veteran who has spent a career navigating the water wars of Tampa Bay was named Florida's next public service commissioner late Thursday by Gov. Rick Scott.

      Donald Polmann was also a finalist for the PSC in 2012 and 2013.
    5. Gov. Rick Scott announces another $10 million in state funds for Zika spraying, prevention, mosquito control


      FORT MYERS — Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday morning that he had authorized an additional $10 million in state funds to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

    6. As Florida delegation unites on Zika funding, Gov. Rick Scott stirs up fight in Washington

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — Florida lawmakers made their most coordinated effort yet to call for urgent action to combat the Zika virus, but even as they stressed bipartisanship, politics were on display Tuesday, overshadowing the possibility of a breakthrough on funding.

      Gov. Rick Scott demanded action from Congress.
    7. Florida's Zika undercount hides extent of virus' spread, experts say

      State Roundup

      For months, Gov. Rick Scott and state agencies have reported almost daily on the public health crisis posed by the spread of Zika.

       Surrounded by Hillsborough county and Florida state officials, Governor Rick Scott spoke to the media following a round table on the Zika virus on Aug. 24 at the Hillsborough County Health Department in Tampa. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)
    8. Gov. Rick Scott confirms locally transmitted Zika virus case in Pinellas County

      State Roundup

      CLEARWATER — Health officials on both sides of Tampa Bay are scrambling to contain a potential new outbreak of the Zika virus after the first locally transmitted infection was confirmed in Pinellas County Tuesday.

      Satanna Woolfolk, of Dunedin, showed up at the health department's Ulmerton Road office Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, having read about the state's free Zika tests for pregnant women. It was the same day officials announced the first case of locally transmitted Zika in Pinellas County. "I had to get here," said Woolfolk, 26, who is 34 weeks pregnant with her second child, a girl. "I've been staying inside since I heard about the virus."
    9. Florida Gov. Rick Scott to feds: Help us fight Zika

      State Roundup

      On his third visit to Miami's Wynwood neighborhood since the Zika virus outbreak, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday repeated his plea that Washington help Florida respond to the nation's first outbreak of the infectious disease, even as he fended off accusations that he's not disclosing new cases quickly enough.

    10. Federal judge strikes down law blocking state money from abortion clinics

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge on Thursday threw out key parts of an abortion law that would have blocked all state funding to clinics such as Planned Parenthood and required the inspection of as many as 35,000 women's health records.