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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. Gov. Rick Scott confirms locally transmitted Zika virus case in Pinellas County

      State Roundup

      CLEARWATER — Health officials on both sides of Tampa Bay are scrambling to contain a potential new outbreak of the Zika virus after the first locally transmitted infection was confirmed in Pinellas County Tuesday.

      Satanna Woolfolk, of Dunedin, showed up at the health department's Ulmerton Road office Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, having read about the state's free Zika tests for pregnant women. It was the same day officials announced the first case of locally transmitted Zika in Pinellas County. "I had to get here," said Woolfolk, 26, who is 34 weeks pregnant with her second child, a girl. "I've been staying inside since I heard about the virus."
    2. Florida Gov. Rick Scott to feds: Help us fight Zika

      State Roundup

      On his third visit to Miami's Wynwood neighborhood since the Zika virus outbreak, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday repeated his plea that Washington help Florida respond to the nation's first outbreak of the infectious disease, even as he fended off accusations that he's not disclosing new cases quickly enough.

    3. Federal judge strikes down law blocking state money from abortion clinics

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A federal judge on Thursday threw out key parts of an abortion law that would have blocked all state funding to clinics such as Planned Parenthood and required the inspection of as many as 35,000 women's health records.

    4. With state fire lab stripped of national accreditation, CFO Jeff Atwater fights back

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida's only state-run lab that analyzes fire evidence has been stripped of its national accreditation after a review team doubted its work in more than a dozen cases.

      CFO Jeff Atwater also serves as the Florida fire marshal.
    5. PolitiFact Florida: Gwen Graham says Rick Scott boasts about Florida's low wages

      State Roundup

      A Donald Trump presidency would be as bad for America as Gov. Rick Scott has been for Florida, U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham said to delegates at the Democratic National Convention.

      Gwen Graham likened Donald Trump to Rick Scott, calling both of them con men.
    6. For Gov. Rick Scott, Zika proves a hurricane-like test

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A hurricane hasn't hit Florida on Gov. Rick Scott's watch, but he finds himself trying to guide the state through a more insidious and invisible public health threat.

      Call it Hurricane Zika.

      Florida Governor Rick Scott gives a press conference on Thursday afternoon, February 4, 2016 at the  at the Hillsborough County Health Department after his decision to declare a state of emergency in five counties affected by the Zika Virus. Scott explains his plan moving forward and the risk of pregnant women contracting the virus. [Zack Whitman | Tampa Bay Times]
    7. All pregnant Florida women can now be tested for Zika at no cost


      PANAMA CITY — All pregnant woman in the state of Florida can now be tested for the Zika virus at no cost, Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday.

    8. CDC asks pregnant women to avoid Miami area linked to Zika cases


      Federal officials on Monday warned pregnant women or those planning pregnancies to avoid a one-square-mile zone north of downtown Miami after it was confirmed that South Florida mosquitoes infected 10 more people with the Zika virus.

    9. Florida delegates reap benefits of state's must-win status

      State Roundup

      CLEVELAND — Sorry Utah and California. For all your charms, the cold truth is that when it comes to presidential elections you can't hold a candle to Florida.

      Florida delegates Pam McAloon, left, and Tina Harris dance during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    10. Sugar's decades-long hold over Florida Everglades came with a price

      State Roundup


      Fifteen years after Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton reached a landmark accord to revive the Everglades, billions of dollars have been spent but not much marsh has been restored, and the River of Grass continues to cycle through the same familiar struggles.

      Adams Ranch, a candidate for protection within the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area.  (CARLTON WARD JR. / | Special to the Times)