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With victory, Rick Scott joins an exclusive club of Florida politicians

Scott becomes the fifth person in Florida to win election for both governor and the U.S. Senate.
Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham shakes hands with Gov. Rick Scott as Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, center, smiles prior to Scott delivering his State of the State address Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Fla. The Florida Legislature convened today for its annual 60-day session. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham shakes hands with Gov. Rick Scott as Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, center, smiles prior to Scott delivering his State of the State address Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in the Florida House of Representatives in Tallahassee, Fla. The Florida Legislature convened today for its annual 60-day session. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Published Nov. 19, 2018|Updated Nov. 19, 2018

What do you Rick Scott, Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles have in common?

They're all members of an exclusive club: Florida politicians who won terms to serve as governor and U.S. Senator.

With his presumptive victory, Scott becomes just the fifth person elected to both offices in Florida and the first Republican.

Scott's path to the U.S. Senate mirrors three of his four predecessors: governor's mansion first, then Congress. Only Chiles took the reverse path. Chiles is also the only one of the five to take a break between offices.

Chiles and Scott share another accomplishment: They're the only two to beat Bill Nelson in an election.

Here are the five Floridians to win elections for governor and Senate and their years in each office, according to the Florida Department of State and University of Florida Library of Florida History.

Park Trammell was a U.S. senator for decades. In 1934, he beat the upstart Claude Pepper. (No date on this photo). File Photo
Park Trammell was a U.S. senator for decades. In 1934, he beat the upstart Claude Pepper. (No date on this photo). File Photo

Park Trammell

Governor: 1913 to 1917

Senate: 1917 to 1936

Gov. Spessard L. Holland of Florida waggles a finger for emphasis as he tells the Democratic convention platform committee in Los Angeles today to avoid an “extreme position on civil rights.” He asserted such a position would drive many in the South out of the party.Holland Spessard L. Senator Individual, July 7, 1960.
Gov. Spessard L. Holland of Florida waggles a finger for emphasis as he tells the Democratic convention platform committee in Los Angeles today to avoid an “extreme position on civil rights.” He asserted such a position would drive many in the South out of the party.Holland Spessard L. Senator Individual, July 7, 1960.

Spessard Holland

Governor: 1941 to 1945

Senate: 1946 to 1971

Governor Lawton Chiles looks over one of the pairs of boots he used during his campaigns across Florida during an interview recently at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
Governor Lawton Chiles looks over one of the pairs of boots he used during his campaigns across Florida during an interview recently at the Capitol in Tallahassee.

Lawton Chiles

Senate: 1971 to 1989

Governor: 1991 to 1998

Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., talks with a reporter in his office on Capitol Hill, Friday, March 21, 2003. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., talks with a reporter in his office on Capitol Hill, Friday, March 21, 2003. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Bob Graham

Governor: 1979 to 1987

Senate: 1987 to 2005

Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott thanks his wife Ann as he speaks to supporters at an election watch party early Wednesday in Naples. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott thanks his wife Ann as he speaks to supporters at an election watch party early Wednesday in Naples. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Rick Scott

Governor: 2011 to 2019

Senate: 2019 to ?

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