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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. Gov. Rick Scott shakes up FDLE, forces longtime commissioner to resign


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's transition to a second term suddenly turned rocky Tuesday when he forced the resignation of the longtime leader of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

    2. Economists project nearly $1 billion surplus for Florida budget

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Lower gas prices and rising consumer confidence prompted state economists on Monday to boost revenue estimates for next year's budget by $622 million.

    3. Scott names new chief for environmental agency

      State Roundup

      A year ago, when Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced he was suing the state of Georgia for taking too much water and leaving Apalachicola and its oysters high and dry, one of the people standing by him was Jon Steverson, executive director of the Northwest Florida Water Management District.

      Jon Steverson is the state’s new defender of natural resources.
    4. New chief of Florida's troubled prison system praised as no-nonsense reformer

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday chose career law enforcement officer Julie Jones to take over the Department of Corrections, making her the fourth boss in four years at an agency grappling with massive problems.

      Julie Jones is the first woman selected to run the nation’s third-largest prison system.
    5. Man serving life for giving his car to killers will remain in prison for now (w/video)


      TALLAHASSEE — A Florida prison inmate serving a life term for lending his car to friends who committed murder during a burglary lost his bid for immediate release Wednesday.

    6. Facing life for lending his car to friends who killed a woman, Pensacola man seeks clemency

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Ryan Holle did not kill anyone with his own hands. But he lent his car to friends, who later killed a young woman in her home, and that was enough to convict Holle of first-degree murder.

      Ryan Holle
    7. Judge allows allegations that Gov. Scott intentionally violated records law

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A judge on Monday opened the door for a new complaint against Gov. Rick Scott that alleges he intentionally withheld public records in violation of state law, a charge that could result in sanctions against the governor after months of delay in the case.

      Gov. Rick Scott turned over 197 pages from his private Gmail account after he and his attorneys previously told the court the records did not exist.
    8. Florida joins GOP-state lawsuit to stop President Obama's immigration executive action

      State Roundup

      Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced late Friday that the Sunshine State would join a federal lawsuit to block President Barack Obama's executive action sparing as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

    9. 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. 
    10. 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.