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. Gov. Rick Scott draws complaint over on-duty officers at Tampa campaign event

      State Roundup

      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.
    2. 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.

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

      State Roundup

      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.
    4. Education records at odds in race between Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

      State Roundup

      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.
    5. White House: Blocking Medicaid expansion would cost Florida 63,000 jobs

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — The White House has a Medicaid expansion argument for Gov. Rick Scott and Florida Republicans: It creates jobs.

      Gov. Rick Scott reversed his opposition to expansion of Medicaid to Florida residents under the federal Affordable Care Act — as long as the federal government pays for it, he said.
    6. PolitiFact Florida: Gov. Scott and cutting the cost of prepaid tuition

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      Students, teachers and a mom praise Gov. Rick Scott's record on higher education and bash that of Democratic front-runner Charlie Crist in a TV ad released this month by the Republican Party of Florida.

    7. Tax records suggest Crist, Scott lag in charitable giving


      TALLAHASSEE — While Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic rival Charlie Crist have waged a bitter public relations battle over the release of their tax returns, both sides have been mum about one aspect of the documents:

      Both Charlie Crist, left, and Gov. Rick Scott, right, are philanthropic laggards. [SCOTT KEELER | Times, left; AP photo, right]
    8. As Scott ad blasts Crist for 'hiding' tax returns, Crist releases some


      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist clashed over tax returns Wednesday in a sign of just how bitter their race will be if Crist is the Democratic nominee for governor.

      Charlie Crist (left) arrives at Haslam's Book Store with Watson Haynes (center), president and CEO of the Pinellas County Urban League, and Crist's wife, Carole Rome, where he signed copies of his book, "The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat," earlier this year. Times files
    9. Gov. Rick Scott touts record on early childhood education as he begins tour of state

      State Roundup

      Gov. Rick Scott visited a daycare center in Little Havana on Tuesday touting his early childhood education proposals on what was the first stop of his gubernatorial campaign's "Caring for Florida Families" tour.

    10. Two road safety bills become Florida law

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed two road safety bills into law Tuesday.

      Aaron Cohen’s widow, Patty Cohen, right, says a new law that raises penalties for hit-and-run drivers will help other families.