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. New poll: Libertarian Adrian Wyllie helps Gov. Rick Scott catch Charlie Crist

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      Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are essentially tied 37-39 percent in Florida's hotly contested governor's race, partly because a little-known Libertarian candidate is sapping support from the Democratic challenger, a new poll indicates.

      Little-polled until now, Adrian Wyllie's name appears to be an emerging and significant factor in the race. LARA CERRI |Times
    2. PolitiFact Florida: Charlie Crist touts per-pupil spending vs. Rick Scott

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      Charlie Crist has gone on the offensive against Gov. Rick Scott, launching a TV ad campaign and pulling no punches in interviews.

    3. Climate war on: Charlie Crist agrees to meet with scientists, so Gov. Rick Scott follows suit

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      TALLAHASSEE — Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist fueled the climate wars Friday and called Florida State University oceanography professor Jeff Chanton offering to meet with the scientists who asked to meet with Gov. Rick Scott.

    4. Gov. Rick Scott says his staff will meet with climate change scientists

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      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott deflected calls to meet with climate scientists Wednesday and told reporters that his staff "would be happy to meet" with the state's top climate experts about the impact human-induced global warming is having on Florida.

    5. Rick Scott's nonanswers bring national ridicule


      The governor's gone viral again.

      Rick Scott, who ditched his adopted rescue dog Reagan after the 2010 election, and who invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 75 times in a deposition, once again finds himself all over the Web and cable as the rest of the world discovers what Florida already …

    6. Florida scientists press Gov. Rick Scott on climate change

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      TALLAHASSEE — In an effort to push Gov. Rick Scott into the debate on climate change, 10 prominent Florida scientists on Tuesday asked for an opportunity to explain to him the impact human-induced global warming will have on Florida.

      Gov. Rick Scott speaks at a hurricane readiness news conference in Tampa on Tuesday, the same day scientists delivered to Scott’s Tallahassee office a letter offering to explain climate change.
    7. Gov. Rick Scott draws complaint over on-duty officers at Tampa campaign event

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      TALLAHASSEE — A police union official filed a complaint Thursday with the Florida Elections Commission, accusing Gov. Rick Scott of illegally coercing on-duty police officers to attend a campaign event in Tampa on Monday.

      With law enforcement in attendance, Gov. Rick Scott appeared in Tampa on Monday, part of a campaign swing.
    8. First Charlie Crist TV ad supports higher minimum wage, equal pay for women


      TALLAHASSEE — Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist debuted his first television ad Monday, a 30-second spot promising an increase in the minimum wage and equal pay for women.

    9. Bousquet column: Gov. Rick Scott's safety tour plays it safe

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      Another week, another campaign tour for Gov. Rick Scott.

      Gov. Rick Scott, left, poses with Lt. Kenneth Stickley, who received the Governor’s Veterans Service Award on Thursday in Panama City.
    10. Education records at odds in race between Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

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      TALLAHASSEE — Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are using a similar weapon in their battle for the Governor's Mansion: teachers.

      Gov. Rick Scott has struggled to win over teachers since taking office. He cut the education budget by $1.3 billion, but restored it when the economy rebounded.