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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. Florida delegates reap benefits of state's must-win status

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      CLEVELAND — Sorry Utah and California. For all your charms, the cold truth is that when it comes to presidential elections you can't hold a candle to Florida.

      Florida delegates Pam McAloon, left, and Tina Harris dance during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    2. Sugar's decades-long hold over Florida Everglades came with a price

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      Fifteen years after Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton reached a landmark accord to revive the Everglades, billions of dollars have been spent but not much marsh has been restored, and the River of Grass continues to cycle through the same familiar struggles.

      Adams Ranch, a candidate for protection within the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area.  (CARLTON WARD JR. / | Special to the Times)
    3. Gov. Rick Scott's job creation agency agrees to rein in spending

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The agency Gov. Rick Scott has prized as an essential job recruiting tool took major steps in reforming itself on Friday.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks with members of the media in Miami in 2014. (Wilfredo Lee | Associated Press)
    4. Florida Gov. Rick Scott's net worth down to $119 million

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a multi-millionaire former businessman, saw his net worth decline $27 million last year as his blind trust dropped in value.

      Gov. Rick Scott’s annual financial disclosure form showed that his net worth was about $119.2 million by the end of 2015, a drop of nearly 19 percent from the previous year. [SCOTT KEELER | Times] 
    5. Federal judge could block Florida's abortion law

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge this week could block parts of a new law that restricts abortion clinics in Florida.

    6. Gov. Rick Scott bucks Republican leaders, won't back Marco Rubio for Senate

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott did Marco Rubio no favors by offering public encouragement Thursday to a self-funding Republican who harbors ambitions of ending Rubio's career in the U.S. Senate.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott pauses during a press conference on South Orange Avenue down the street from Pulse Nightclub, June 13, 2016 in Orlando. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    7. Deep rift between Gov. Rick Scott and President Obama looms larger

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — For more than five years, Gov. Rick Scott has been a fierce critic of the federal government in general and President Barack Obama in particular.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott, is shown at a Sunday news conference with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, left, near the nightclub where the mass shooting occurred. [Associated Press] 
    8. Good news, Floridians: State has low debt burden

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida taxpayers today are on the hook for less unpaid state debt than taxpayers in a majority of other states, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trust.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, addresses members of the media in January at the Florida Capitol. He was pushing for permanent tax cuts for businesses. (SCOTT KEELER    |  Times)
    9. Florida Gov. Rick Scott goes to Washington to push for Zika funding 'now'

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — With more Zika cases being reported Wednesday in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott implored lawmakers to set aside differences and reach a conclusion on federal funding to fight the virus.

      Gov. Rick Scott addresses members of the media in Washington, D.C., after lobbying members of Florida's delegation to support federal funding for the Zika virus crisis. (Alex Leary |  Times)
    10. Major changes proposed for Gov. Rick Scott's cherished job recruiting agency

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — For nearly 40 minutes Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott sat and listened to how the agency he most entrusted to uphold his self-proclaimed jobs legacy is "top heavy" with management, spends too much on office space, needs to rein in travel expenses and has a lack of internal controls that could make …

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, addresses members of the media in January at the Florida Capitol. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]