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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. As Florida's 2015 session begins: 5 people and 5 issues to watch


      TALLAHASSEE — The 2015 session of the Florida Legislature begins Tuesday here with new leaders facing fresh challenges and competing demands for a projected $1 billion budget surplus.

      Traffic passes Florida’s historic Old Capitol building at the intersection of Monroe Street and Apalachee Parkway in Tallahassee on Saturday night. Behind it, the Capitol awaits Florida’s lawmakers, who begin their annual 60-day legislative session on Tuesday. 
    2. Chronic prison woes remain unresolved at start of Legislature session

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — The two DVDs were only minutes long but they depicted deplorable conditions in the state's prison system: uninhabitable dorms, inmate-on-staff assaults and roofs that were so porous that prison staff rigged sheets of cardboard to serve as makeshift gutters.

      The Department of Corrections chief is seeking $15 million for repairs to facilities, including Lancaster Correctional Institution.
    3. Governor's budget cuts funding for hundreds of health care workers

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Nutritionists who advise poor families, health counselors and family support workers are among hundreds of health care positions that would be cut under Gov. Rick Scott's proposed budget.

    4. Dockery: No accountability from governor on prison mess


      Generally when a crisis occurs in a large organization, the CEO is expected to acknowledge and address the problem, keep stakeholders up to date on progress and be held accountable for the problems that occurred.

    5. Gov. Rick Scott faces concern from fellow Republicans over 'tax increase' to fund schools


      TALLAHASSEE — In touting his plan for record school spending, Gov. Rick Scott is ignoring a fact that concerns some of his fellow Republicans: He wants property taxpayers to pay more.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott gives his State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida Legislature, Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
    6. Florida news outlets suing Gov. Rick Scott want emergency order protecting public records

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida news outlets and First Amendment advocates want a judge to order Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members to safeguard all relevant materials in an open meetings lawsuit, even their aides' cellphone text messages.

    7. Bousquet: Gov. Rick Scott cuts state losses in long voting fight


      Gov. Rick Scott doesn't like to lose.

      But he lost an important court case dealing with voting rights and last week he decided to cut his losses, along with those of Florida taxpayers who have footed the bill for more than 2 ½ years.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott has dropped his appeal of a federal court order that said the state’s efforts to purge the voter rolls of suspected noncitizens during the 2012 presidential campaign violated a federal law that prohibits “systematic” removals less than 90 days before a federal election.
    8. Appeals court rejects challenge to Florida's blind trust law

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — An appeals court Monday tossed out a constitutional challenge to a 2013 law that allows public officials to put their assets into blind trusts, pointing to the "speculative nature" of the case.

      Gov. Rick Scott has placed assets in blind trusts.
    9. Bousquet: Gov. Rick Scott hopes to poach Pennsylvania jobs

      State Roundup

      The temperature in Tallahassee on Monday was 62 degrees.

    10. Florida broke record in 2014 with 97.3 million tourists

      State Roundup

      TAMPA — Gov. Rick Scott stopped by Tampa International Airport on Monday to announce that Florida's tourism industry set a record in 2014.

      Clearwater Beach is packed on a Friday afternoon last March, contributing to Pinellas County’s record tourism numbers in 2014. Gov. Rick Scott says he expects the state to eclipse the 100 million mark in total tourists this year.