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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. Ideas emerge to bridge Florida's legislative divide

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida legislators may have ended their stalemate last week when they agreed to convene a three-week special session to resolve the budget crisis in June, but they didn't agree on the hard part: how to resolve stark differences over health care.

    2. Florida Gov. Rick Scott asks hospitals to consider profit sharing

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott is pitching a new idea to help Florida hospitals handle the potential loss of federal funds for treating indigent patients: profit sharing.

      Gov. Rick Scott unveiled an ambitious environmental plan that promises to spend $5 billion over the next 20 years. [Getty Images]
    3. Florida lawmakers aim to avoid pitfalls of past, troubled special sessions

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Special sessions of the Florida Legislature aren't very special, and as often as not they are ugly and unpredictable.

      Tom Lee, R-Brandon, is the Senate’s chief budget writer.
    4. Florida budget snarled as Gov. Rick Scott challenges Obamacare

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a longtime opponent of "Obamacare," made a startling announcement shortly after his mother's death, going on TV two years ago to explain that he had dropped his objections to …

      Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) speaks to members of the media after a meeting with Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell May 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. Governor Scott met with Secretary Burwell to discuss his funding request for a Low Income Pool program which will be expire June 30.  [Alex Wong | Getty Images]
    5. Gov. Rick Scott, Cabinet okay national searches for two agency heads

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The bosses of two of the state's biggest agencies got new job titles Tuesday that they didn't expect: "interim."

      Rick Swearingen was Gov. Rick Scott’s handpicked choice for the top job at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after Gerald Bailey was forced out Dec. 16. He keeps his job for now, but a nationwide job application process has begun. 
    6. Texas, Kansas join Florida lawsuit against Obama administration

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Kansas and Texas are joining in Gov. Rick Scott's lawsuit against the Obama administration, Scott's office said Monday.

    7. Senate snub prompts Gov. Rick Scott to reappoint 16 agency heads

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Rick Scott acted swiftly Monday to reappoint the heads of 16 state agencies who slipped into political limbo when the Senate refused to confirm them in the 2015 legislative session.

      Florida Governor Rick Scott addresses a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 during his State of the State address. [SCOTT KEELER   |   TIMES]
    8. Capitol meltdown leaves Gov. Rick Scott's agenda in shambles

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — As the 2015 legislative session stumbled to a close Friday, Gov. Rick Scott's agenda lay in shambles, another victim of the Capitol's worst political breakdown in decades.

      At a time when legislative leaders desperately needed intervention to break a budget deadlock, Gov Rick Scott was far from the action - attending political fund-raisers, casting for jobs in California and dedicating a new amusement park ride in Orlando. [AP photo]
    9. California judge orders Google to turn over data on Gov. Rick Scott's Gmail account

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — In a major defeat for Gov. Rick Scott, a California judge on Thursday ordered Google to turn over the computer IP addresses for all correspondence to and from the Florida governor's private Gmail account since Jan. 15, 2011, and the accounts of two of his staffers.

    10. Florida lawsuit takes aim at federal health officials

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — As a standoff over Medicaid expansion brought the legislative session to an unexpected halt on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott filed a lawsuit claiming that the federal government tried to force the health care policy upon Florida.

      Gov. Rick Scott’s suit asks that renewal of Florida’s LIP program be reconsidered immediately.