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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. DEP chief resigns at critical time for Florida environment

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's top environmental adviser, Herschel Vinyard Jr., resigned Wednesday, ending a four-year run of controversy over protecting Florida's fragile water and land resources.

      Herschel Vinyard Jr. spent the past four years as secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. 
    2. Gov. Scott used private email for public business

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott exchanged emails dealing with vetoes, the state budget and his speeches from a private email account, according to records turned over to the Associated Press on Tuesday.

      Gov. Scott turned over emails to the Associated Press.
    3. Gov. Scott's low-key second inaugural: no black tie ball, just barbecues


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's second inaugural celebration will be much more low-key than his first one and a lot less expensive, too.

    4. Florida's 2014 election by the numbers shows Gov. Rick Scott won by 64,145 votes

      State Roundup

      Florida's 2014 election results were certified Tuesday, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott defeated Democrat Charlie Crist by 64,145 votes, a margin of 1.07 percent. More than 75,000 voters skipped the race for governor, a sign of the widespread disapproval of both candidates. Despite a mediocre statewide turnout of 50.5 …

      Gov. Rick Scott’s winning percentage in the 2014 elections was the smallest in a governor’s race since 1916.
    5. Gov. Rick Scott names Melissa Sellers his new chief of staff

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Melissa Sellers, who successfully managed Florida Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign, will handle the reins of state government as his new chief of staff.

    6. Gov. Rick Scott may reward campaign manager with chief of staff job


      TALLAHASSEE — One week after clinching a new term, Gov. Rick Scott shifted his focus to the future Wednesday, promising more money for schools and more tax cuts and making plans to hire a new chief of staff.

      Gov. Rick Scott shifted his focus to the future Tuesday, promising more money for schools and more tax cuts and making plans to hire a new chief of staff. [AP photo]
    7. Gov. Rick Scott's weak win leaves power with Republican Legislature

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The biggest winner in Florida's 2014 election was the Republican-dominated Legislature. It coasted to victory with little effort, broke fundraising records and came away with enough political power to control the agenda — even that of Gov. Rick Scott.

      Rick Scott speaks Tuesday at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs after winning re-election without a majority of votes.
    8. How Rick Scott won re-election as Florida governor

      State Roundup

      By the time the Halloween memo from their pollsters arrived Friday, Charlie Crist's campaign team had already lost a good deal of confidence from a week earlier. Gov. Rick Scott was spending the equivalent of $1,200 a minute every day, every hour on TV ads, and it was moving numbers.

      Rick Scott won the governor's race four years ago by about 1 percentage point - 61,000 votes - and he won reelection Tuesday by about 1 percentage point - about 70,000 votes. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
    9. With Scott victory, Florida Medicaid expansion hopes dim


      Tuesday's re-election of Republican governors in closely contested races in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas dims the chances of Medicaid expansion in those states.

    10. Florida Gov. Rick Scott defeats Charlie Crist for re-election

      State Roundup


      Gov. Rick Scott, who came out of nowhere to win the governor's race four years ago with $75 million of his own money and a potent "Let's Get to Work" campaign mantra, on Tuesday became the second Republican since Reconstruction to win two terms as Florida governor.

      Speaking to supporters, Charlie Crist concedes defeat as his wife, Carole, listens late Tuesday at the Renaissance Vinoy.