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 negotiations with Seminole Tribe could be blueprint for gaming's future


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott, who made a career out of negotiating hospital mergers, is now applying his negotiating skills to a deal with the Seminole Tribe that could singlehandedly dictate the future of gaming in Florida.

    2. Gov. Rick Scott stands by two misleading campaign ads on Obamacare


      MIAMI — Gov. Rick Scott is standing by two misleading campaign ads that falsely suggest 300,000 people in the state already lost their health insurance plans due to Obamacare.

    3. New Pew report faults Florida voting, but state says problems are fixed


      TALLAHASSEE — A new nonpartisan study says Florida lagged behind other states in its handling of the 2012 election, but Gov. Rick Scott's administration says the problems were cured by changes to voting laws that will be used statewide this fall for the first time.

      Voters wait in long lines outside a polling place during November's elections on County Line Road in Spring Hill.
    4. The plane truth: Florida Gov. Rick Scott travels in wealth, stealth


      TALLAHASSEE — The first campaign promise Gov. Rick Scott kept allows him to travel with the privacy and luxury of a CEO while living in the fishbowl of public office.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott flies in a Cessna Citation Excel owned by a company whose only officer is his wife, Ann Scott.
    5. Gov. Rick Scott's administration backtracks on talk by FSU professor Diane Roberts


      TALLAHASSEE — Amid a growing online controversy, Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration reversed itself Wednesday and will invite a scholar to deliver a talk, days after cancelling it without explanation.

    6. Gov. Rick Scott signs tag fee rollback into law, takes aim at Charlie Crist


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed a cut in auto tag fees Wednesday and singled out former Gov. Charlie Crist to blame for the increases, giving a bill-signing ceremony the feel of a partisan campaign rally.

    7. Florida Gov. Rick Scott's 2012 voter purge violated federal law, court rules

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott's administration violated federal law by trying to remove noncitizens from the voter rolls too close to the 2012 presidential election, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in calling the mistake-prone effort "far from perfect."

      A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Gov. Rick Scott’s administration violated federal law by trying to remove noncitizens from the voter rolls too close to the 2012 presidential election.
    8. Rick Scott: Obama's 'not caring about Venezuela'

      State Roundup

      MIAMI — Gov. Rick Scott met Monday with Venezuelan activists who are becoming increasingly frustrated with President Obama's relative silence about crackdowns on protesters in the South American country.

    9. Bousquet: A solution for Scott's Hispanic problem?


      It's hard to think of a worse week than the one Gov. Rick Scott just survived, but he can turn things around if he wants to.

    10. Scott signs in-state tuition for veterans

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed the first substantive bill of the session Monday, creating a program that will waive out-of-state tuition fees for military veterans.