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. Scott and Putnam disclose a few more details on King Ranch trips

      Elections

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam this week provided the most detail yet on his hunting trips to King Ranch in Texas, saying he did not discuss state business, such as water policy, while visiting hunting land leased by U.S. Sugar.

      Adam Putnam says his last trip to the Texas ranch was in 2012.
    2. Under fire by Gov. Rick Scott, Citizens chief executive defends overseas travel

      Banking

      TALLAHASSEE — The chief executive of Florida's state-backed property insurer defended overseas travel Tuesday as Gov. Rick Scott lectured him about the need to be more careful about spending.

    3. Gov. Rick Scott meets with scientists but remains silent on climate change

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott listened to five of Florida's top climate scientists Tuesday as they urged him to show leadership and develop policies to offset the impact of human-induced climate change to the state.

      Eckerd College marine science professor David Hastings, left, speaks to Gov. Scott, right, and his aide, Noah Valenstein, about why Florida should act to offset the impact of climate change.
    4. Bousquet: Another day of running for governor, another round of nasty ads

      Legislature

      Gov. Rick Scott on Monday ramped up an asphalt agenda, calling for more lanes on Interstate 295 in Jacksonville and millions more for airports and seaports.

    5. Jeb Bush conflicted over feds role in medical-marijuana enforcement

      State Roundup

      HOMESTEAD — Former Gov. Jeb Bush opposes Florida's medical-marijuana initiative, but the potential GOP presidential candidate said he's not sure if the federal government should enforce federal cannabis laws if the Sunshine State proposal passes.

    6. Billionaire environmentalist's group stages rally at Duke Energy's Florida headquarters

      Energy

      Billionaire Tom Steyer took his message of disenfranchised utility ratepayers to the streets Thursday with the launch of a new grass roots coalition to campaign against Gov. Rick Scott.

      Lawyer Matt Weidner addresses the Floridians for Fair Rates event outside of Duke Energy Headquarters in St. Petersburg. [Ivan Penn  |  Times]

    7. Lawsuit seeks disclosure of private email accounts of Gov. Rick Scott, his staff

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Internet giants Google and Yahoo must disclose who established several email accounts held by Gov. Rick Scott, along with his current and former employees, as part of a lawsuit pending in Tallahassee that says the governor routinely circumvented the state's open records law, a court ruled …

      Internet giants Google and Yahoo must disclose who established several email accounts held by Gov. Rick Scott and his current and former employees as part of a lawsuit pending in Tallahassee that claims the governor routinely circumvented the state's open records law, a court ruled Wednesday. [Associated Press]
    8. Bousquet: As Gov. Rick Scott goes 'green,' skeptics see red

      State Roundup

      Gov. Rick Scott wants voters to see him in a different light, as in green, for being a true friend of the environment.

    9. Nasty governor's race spells trouble for Florida's future

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The race for governor of Florida features two leading candidates voters increasingly see as deeply flawed with campaign strategies virtually alike: Tear down the other guy at every turn. 

    10. Scott affirms support for Medicaid expansion but sticks to pro-business principles on health policy

      Gubernatorial

      TALLAHASSEE — Rick Scott swept into the Governor's Mansion fueled by his scorn for President Barack Obama's health reform law. So, when Scott announced last year that he supported expanding Medicaid — a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act — the nation was amazed.

      Gov. Rick Scott says that he has stayed true to his pro-business views on health policy.