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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. Activists question Gov. Rick Scott's rush job on environmental appointment


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's decision to speed up the reappointment of Florida's top environmental regulator is drawing suspicion from grass roots activists across the state.

      Jon Steverson may be reappointed as the head of DEP today.
    2. Florida Republican Party battles slump in fundraising


      TALLAHASSEE — This should be a time for the Republican Party of Florida to rake in the dollars.

      Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, right, chairman of the Florida Republican Party, talks on the House floor with  Reps. Richard Corcoran, R- Land O Lakes, and Jose Oliva, R- Miami Lakes, in April. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
    3. For 2015 Florida Legislature, simply no end in sight


      It's a good thing for Florida taxpayers that state legislators don't get paid by the hour.

    4. Being a Florida lawmaker a path to wealth for many


      TALLAHASSEE — In the wake of the Great Recession, which left the average Florida family struggling to make ends meet, at least one group of people continues to get richer: It pays to be elected to the state House or Senate.

    5. Embattled Florida elections chief goes on the defense


      TALLAHASSEE — Under fire once again for lapses in oversight of Florida's voter database and lax communication, Gov. Rick Scott's top elections official says he'll "over-communicate" in the future.

      State auditors recently said Ken Detzner needs to improve his management of the voting system.
    6. Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet to settle property lawsuit with Tallahassee lawyer

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members will settle a three-year-old legal battle next week that will give the state access to property it wants to acquire to build a park near the Governor's Mansion.

      Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet will settle a lawsuit over access to property the state wants to acquire as part of a project to enhance the Governor's mansion. [Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP]
    7. Auditor general's report critical of how Florida handles voter information

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A highly critical state audit casts new doubt on whether Florida is ready to count votes in the 2016 presidential election and puts added pressure on Gov. Rick Scott's top elections official to show improvement.

      Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley, middle, looks over an absentee ballot. Corley said he is troubled by the audit’s results.
    8. Lawmakers dodge term limits and land big pensions through local politics

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators keep finding ways to dodge the career-ending trap of term limits, often with richly rewarding results — paid for by taxpayers.

      Hillsborough Circuit Court Clerk Pat Frank, right, officiating at a wedding, was also a state senator and a county commissioner.
    9. Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik becomes top donor to Gov. Rick Scott

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The sports and entertainment mogul who is leading the effort to remake Tampa's downtown waterfront is fast becoming one of Gov. Rick Scott's most generous campaign fundraising allies.

      Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik gave $100,000 to a political fundraising committee run by Scott this week, just one month after the Republican governor approved a new state budget that includes a key component of a $1 billion redevelopment plan Vinik is leading in downtown Tampa.
    10. Gov. Rick Scott meets Winter the dolphin, touts tourism spending in Clearwater visit

      State Roundup

      CLEARWATER — Two of the best-known names in Florida — Gov. Rick Scott and Winter the dolphin — had a face-to-snout Thursday morning.

      Florida Governor Rick Scott, next to actor Nathan Gamble, visits with Clearwater Marine Aquariums' dolphins Hope, left, and Winter. They are flanked by trainers Susan Young, left, and Heather Statz during a visit to the aquarium Thursday morning to highlight funding for VISIT FLORIDA. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]