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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. Good news, Floridians: State has low debt burden

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida taxpayers today are on the hook for less unpaid state debt than taxpayers in a majority of other states, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trust.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, addresses members of the media in January at the Florida Capitol. He was pushing for permanent tax cuts for businesses. (SCOTT KEELER    |  Times)
    2. Florida Gov. Rick Scott goes to Washington to push for Zika funding 'now'

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — With more Zika cases being reported Wednesday in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott implored lawmakers to set aside differences and reach a conclusion on federal funding to fight the virus.

      Gov. Rick Scott addresses members of the media in Washington, D.C., after lobbying members of Florida's delegation to support federal funding for the Zika virus crisis. (Alex Leary |  Times)
    3. Major changes proposed for Gov. Rick Scott's cherished job recruiting agency

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — For nearly 40 minutes Wednesday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott sat and listened to how the agency he most entrusted to uphold his self-proclaimed jobs legacy is "top heavy" with management, spends too much on office space, needs to rein in travel expenses and has a lack of internal controls that could make …

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott, center, addresses members of the media in January at the Florida Capitol. [SCOTT KEELER | Times] 
    4. The bogeyman at the ballot box: Voter fraud in Florida is largely a myth

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Florida has 12 million registered voters, but the only one named Zakee Furqan stands out.

      Bay County’s Mark Andersen says ID stops most fraud.
    5. Eye of the storms: Florida insurance commissioner wields far-reaching power

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — It is the most powerful job in state government most people can't name.

      Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, who is resigning, speaks to the Florida Cabinet during a meeting last Tuesday.
 [STEVE CANON for Tampa Bay Times]
    6. David Altmaier's quick rise to state insurance commissioner

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Ten years ago, David Altmaier was coaching track and teaching algebra to 9th graders in southern Kentucky.

      David Altmaier interviews with most of the Florida Cabinet via phone for the Insurance Commissioner position Friday. After two other nominations failed, he was selected by the Cabinet for the position.
[Photo by Steve Cannon]

    7. Gov. Rick Scott, CFO Jeff Atwater choose deputy David Altmaier as insurance commissioner

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — Running out of time and job applicants, Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet members broke a logjam Friday and placed untested state regulator David Altmaier on the hot seat as Florida's new insurance commissioner.

      David Altmaier, left, is congratulated by Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Friday after being named state insurance commissioner. [News Service of Florida]
    8. Clash between Gov. Rick Scott and CFO Jeff Atwater over insurance post goes public

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A clash of wills between Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater over choosing Florida's next insurance commissioner threatens to come to a head today.

      Outgoing Florida insurance commissioner Kevin McCarty, from left, will be on the sidelines today as CFO Jeff Atwater and Gov. Rick Scott meet again  over who should succeed him.
    9. Deadlock worsens between Gov. Rick Scott and CFO Jeff Atwater over next insurance commissioner (w/video)

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — A tense standoff deepened Tuesday between Gov. Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater over who should be Florida's next insurance commissioner, weeks before the start of hurricane season.

      Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty, Florida CFO Jeff Atwater, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott discuss insurance legislation in 2012, Atwater and Scott have been at a standstill in agreeing on a successor to McCarty.
[SCOTT KEELER | Times]
    10. It's all about Donald Trump at GOP meeting, even without him there

      State Roundup

      Republicans talked about him in hushed tones along hallways, in line to get coffee, even as they washed their hands in the restroom — though they rarely uttered his name from the microphone.

      Presidential candidate Donald Trump, shown here at an event in Iowa earlier this year, did not attend the Republican National Committee's meeting in Hollywood -- but was still the center of attention.
 [Getty Images]