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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 Gov. Rick Scott seeks public support for student job skills program

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Rejected by Florida lawmakers last spring, Gov. Rick Scott is barnstorming for public support for education programs he wants to revive in next year's state budget.

    2. Glitch sends wrong driver's license info to thousands of Floridians

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Thousands of motorists paid $27 to the state of Florida to update the address on their drivers' licenses, only to be sent replacement licenses with the old address.

    3. State's top economist diverges from Gov. Rick Scott in job growth strategy

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — While Gov. Rick Scott was in New York on Thursday trying to persuade companies to bring jobs to Florida, the state's top economist and a House economic development leader were in Tallahassee questioning the governor's strategy.

      The state’s top economist Amy Baker says to target higher wages.
    4. Florida Senate grills jobs chief on treatment of the state's jobless

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott's jobs expert was blasted in the Senate on Wednesday for "arrogance" as he faced new criticism for problems with the state's online system to file for unemployment benefits.

      DEO director Jesse Panuccio may face difficulty keeping his job next year.
    5. Oil and water: Clashes between Gov. Rick Scott, Adam Putnam roil state politics

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — One is the governor and one wants to be.

      Gov. Rick Scott, right, greets Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam during a May 2013 meeting of the Florida Cabinet at a children’s hospital in Lake Nona. Now they rarely even stand next to each other at Cabinet photo ops.
    6. Gov. Rick Scott denies inmate's plea for mercy in well-known 'warning shot' case

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Orville "Lee" Wollard fired a single warning shot in self-defense that hurt no one but sent him to prison for 20 years, and on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott rejected his plea to get out early.

      Orville (Lee) Wollard, now 60,  was sentenced to a 20-year prison term in 2008 after a jury found him guilty of aggravated assault, shooting a firearm inside a building and child endangerment. [POLK COUNTY CORRECTION PHOTO]
    7. State leaders challenged to confront aftermath of horrific Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — To some, it's beyond evil, the remnants of a Florida reform school where boys were raped, tortured and killed decades ago.

      Charles Fudge, 61, talked about the beatings he suffered.
    8. Gov. Rick Scott gets out-voted as Cabinet approves ranch preservation plan


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott was handed a rare setback Tuesday as Cabinet members overruled him and voted to preserve one of the last surviving ranches in central Florida.

    9. Gov. Rick Scott announces 40 new jobs from Kentucky — or is it Ohio?


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott bagged 40 more jobs Tuesday at the expense of Kentucky, a state that has two things Scott doesn't like: an income tax and a Democratic governor.

    10. Florida's recovery looks solid with unemployment rate falling to 5.3 percent


      Fueled in part by low gas prices, Florida's economic recovery keeps rolling.