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Rick Scott (Richard Lynn Myers) was born on 1 December, 1952 in Bloomington, Illinois, United States, is a United States Senator from Florida. At 68 years old, Rick Scott height not available right now. We will update Rick Scott's height soon as possible.

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Popular AsRichard Lynn Myers
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Age68 years old
Zodiac SignSagittarius
Born1 December 1952
Birthday1 December
BirthplaceBloomington, Illinois, United States
NationalityUnited States

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Scott won the 2018 Florida Senate election, defeating Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. The initial election results were so close that they triggered a mandatory recount. The recount showed that Scott had won by 10,033 votes; Nelson then conceded the race. Scott took office following the expiration of his term as governor of Florida on January 8, 2019.

Scott has been accused of having fueled an HIV epidemic in the state while governor, by ensuring the state returned $54 million in unspent federal HIV-prevention grants and blocking $16 million in CDC grants to Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The effect of this rejection of federal funds combined with Scott's stance on Medicaid expansion, has been described as "helping explain why the state’s HIV epidemic became almost peerlessly severe during Scott’s time in office", with the state accounting for 13% of the country's HIV diagnoses in 2017.

The Senate term for the 116th Congress began on January 3, 2019; however, Scott's term as governor ended on January 8. On December 4, 2018, Scott's office announced that he would finish his full term as governor and would not resign early. Scott attended the ceremonial swearing-in of his successor as governor, Ron DeSantis, on the morning of January 8, 2019, in front of Florida's historic Old Capitol. Scott left the ceremony early to fly to Washington, D.C., and was sworn in to the Senate by Vice President Mike Pence later that afternoon.

In January 2019, Scott encouraged President Trump to declare a national emergency to build a border wall if Congress would not give him the funds to do so. In February 2019, when Trump declared a national emergency, Scott applauded the decision.

In April 2019, amid calls for an American military intervention in Venezuela, Scott said that the Maduro regime was perpetrating a "genocide" and that the U.S. was "not aggressive enough" about the situation. Fact-checkers and experts described Scott's assertion of a genocide as false and misguided. Scott called on the U.S. to position its military assets to be prepared to respond to events in Venezuela.

In February 2019, Scott announced that he would no longer keep his holdings in a blind trust.

Scott cut $700 million from Florida's water management districts over his tenure as governor. The cuts stirred controversy in 2018 when Florida faced a water contamination crisis.

As of February 2018, Scott had an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), indicating a record of supporting gun rights. The NRA stated in 2014 that Scott "signed more pro-gun bills into law – in one term – than any other governor in Florida history"

In February 2018, after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, Scott stated his support of raising the minimum age to purchase any firearm from 18 to 21; at the time of the shooting, 21 was the minimum age to buy a handgun, but rifles could be purchased at age 18. Scott announced his support of a ban on bump stocks. Scott also stated, "I want to make it virtually impossible for anyone who has mental issues to use a gun," requesting $500 million in funds for mental health and school safety programs. In March 2018, the Florida Legislature passed a bill titled the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act which incorporated many of the issues Scott supported. It raised the minimum age for buying firearms to 21, established waiting periods and background checks, provided a program for the arming of some teachers and the hiring of school police, banned bump stocks, and barred potentially violent or mentally unhealthy people arrested under certain laws from possessing guns. In all, it allocated around $400 million. Scott signed the bill into law on March 9. That same day, the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a lawsuit in federal court, challenging the law's provision banning gun sales to people under 21. An NRA spokesman said, "We filed a lawsuit against the state for violating the constitutional rights of 18- to 21-year-olds."

Scott has been a harsh critic of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, but in his 2018 Senate campaign stopped harshly criticizing the bill. In 2017, Scott said that individuals with preexisting conditions should be protected. In June 2018, when the Trump administration sought to remove provisions of the Affordable Care Act protecting individuals with preexisting conditions, Scott declined to criticize the administration. Scott said that he did not know enough about it to comment.

In June 2018, Scott opposed the Trump administration family separation policy, which involved separating children from their parents, relatives, or other adults who accompanied them in crossing the border, sending the parents to federal jails and placing children and infants under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In a letter to United States secretary of health and human services Alex Azar, Scott wrote: "I have been very clear that I absolutely do not agree with the practice of separating children from their families. This practice needs to stop now."

In 2018, Scott reversed course and supported a high-speed rail project between Tampa and Orlando when the company All Aboard Florida sought to get taxpayer-backed funding from state and federal governments. Scott and his wife had invested at least $3 million in the parent company of All Aboard Florida, which had made donations to Scott's political campaigns.

Scott rolled automatic restoration of rights for nonviolent crimes, giving former felons a five- to six-year waiting period before they can apply for a restoration of voting rights. Of the approximately 30,000 applications from former felons to have their voting rights restored during Scott's tenure, Scott approved approximately 3,000. A 2018 investigation by the Palm Beach Post found that during his governorship, Scott restored the voting rights of three times as many white men as black men, and that blacks accounted only for 27% of those granted voting rights despite blacks being 43% of those released from state prisons in the past twenty years. The percentage of blacks among those whose voting rights were restored was the lowest in more than 50 years, and Scott restored a higher share of Republican voting rights than Democrat voting rights than in almost 50 years. A clemency board set up by Scott held hearings on applications, but there were no standards on how to judge the worthiness of individual applications. In March 2017, seven former felons filed a class action lawsuit arguing that the clemency board's decisions were inconsistent, vague and political.

In February 2018, a U.S. District Court described Scott's process as arbitrary and unconstitutional, and ruled that Scott had to create a new process to restore felons' voting rights. The ruling said that Scott and his clemency board had "unfettered discretion" to deny voting rights "for any reason," and that "to vote again, disenfranchised citizens must kowtow before a panel of high-level government officials over which Florida's governor has absolute veto authority. No standards guide the panel. Its members alone must be satisfied that these citizens deserve restoration." The Brennan Center for Justice described the clemency rules issued by Scott in 2011 as among the most restrictive in the country.

After months of speculation about a potential run, Scott officially announced on April 9, 2018, that he would challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. senator Bill Nelson in the 2018 election.

The initial election results showed Scott leading Nelson by 12,562 votes, or 0.15% of the vote. Under Florida law, a manual recount is triggered if election results show a margin of less than 0.5% of the vote. Both candidates filed lawsuits in connection with the recount. Following the recount, Florida elections officials announced on November 18, 2018, that Scott had prevailed. Scott received 50.05% of the vote, while Nelson received 49.93%; the margin of victory was 10,033 votes out of 8.19 million votes cast. Nelson then conceded the race to Scott. The race was the most expensive Senate race in the nation in 2018.

Early in gubernatorial tenure, Scott said he created a blind trust for his holdings to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. In October 2018, The New York Times reported that the blind trust in question was blind in name only, and that there were various ways in which Scott could know what his precise holdings were. The holdings in question included investments in companies and funds that Scott could have had an impact on through his administration's policies. The trust in question was managed by one of Scott's business associates from before he became a governor.

In a July 2018 financial disclosure statement, Scott and his wife reported earnings of at least $2.9 million in hedge funds registered in the Cayman Islands, a well-known tax haven. The financial statement said that the assets were held in a blind trust and a 2018 campaign spokesperson said Scott did not have a role in selecting particular investments.

Scott and his wife invested at least $3 million in the parent company of All Aboard Florida, a rail investment company that proposed to build high-speed rail between Orlando and Tampa. In 2018, Scott supported the efforts of the company to build the rail and get taxpayer-financing. Scott had previously, early in his tenure as governor, rejected $2.3 billion in federal funding to develop high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando.

In 2017, Scott signed a $419 million public school bill that included charter school expansion. The bill was supported by House Republicans, school choice proponents, and conservative political groups and it was opposed by superintendents, school boards, parent groups, and teachers unions.

During the summer of 2017, Scott signed a bill (HB 989 and SB 1210) that would allow any Florida resident to "challenge the use or adoption of instructional materials" in public schools." Proponents of the bill argue that the bill will allow parents to be more proactive in their child's education. Opponents of the bill argue that the bill will allow more censorship, especially for scientific topics like global warming and evolution.

In 2017, a Democratic activist and lawyer named Donald Hinkle filed a lawsuit claiming that Scott had not disclosed sufficient information about his wealth and holdings and may have underestimated his net worth. Scott appealed to a three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeal. The appeals court granted a writ of prohibition barring the circuit judge from taking any further action in the case. The five-page ruling agreed with Scott's argument that only the Commission on Ethics “has constitutional authority to investigate Mr. Hinkle's complaint.”

On June 9, 2017, Scott signed an expanded version of Florida's stand-your-ground law into law.

In 2017, Scott and his wife held stocks in firms that did business with the Maduro regime in Venezuela and a shipping firm with close ties to the Putin regime in Russia. Scott himself had been a harsh critic of the Maduro regime and chastised companies that invested in Venezuela, saying "Any organization that does business with the Maduro regime cannot do business with the state of Florida." By 2018, Scott and his wife no longer held stocks in the firms with links to the Maduro and Putin regimes.

In the 2016 Republican primaries, Scott endorsed Trump after Trump won the Florida primary. Scott chaired a pro-Trump super PAC in the 2016 election. Unlike many other establishment Republicans, Scott praised then-candidate Trump as tough on terrorism and as an outsider during the 2016 Republican convention.

In 2016, Scott signed a bill allowing parents to pick any public school in the state for their children, regardless of traditional attendance lines or county boundaries.

In 2016, Scott refused to extend registration deadlines after ordering evacuations due to Hurricane Matthew; courts ultimately extended the deadline. Scott signed legislation into law which rejected mail ballots where signatures on the ballet envelope did not match signatures in files; in 2016 a court struck down the law. In 2014, Scott blocked a request by the city of Gainesville to use a facility at the University of Florida as a site for early voting. In July 2018, a judge ruled against Scott's prohibition of early voting on campus, saying that Scott's ban showed a "stark pattern of discrimination." In 2013, Scott ordered Pinellas County to close down sites where voters could submit mail ballots. In 2012, a court ruled that Scott could not place heavy fines on groups that registered voters but failed to submit the registrations within 48 hours.

Scott defeated Rocky De La Fuente in the Republican primary. In the general election, Scott's involvement in a large Medicare fraud case stirred controversy. Scott responded with ads accusing Nelson of having cut Medicare benefits and stolen from Medicare; fact-checkers found that both of Scott's assertions were false. During the campaign, Scott called Nelson a "socialist", an assertion PolitiFact described as "pants-on-fire" false. During the campaign, Scott sought to avoid mentioning President Trump and at times criticized or distanced himself from actions of the Trump administration, whereas in the past used his friendship with Trump to boost his profile and been an early and vocal supporter of Trump in 2016. Trump endorsed Scott in his Senate bid.

When questioned by the press on March 9, 2015, in Hialeah, Florida, Scott did not indicate whether or not he believes global warming is a problem or whether Florida's Department of Environmental Protection has made or is making preparations for its potential consequences.

In March 2015, accusations were made that his administration had instructed Department of Environmental Protection officials to avoid the terms "climate change" or "global warming" in any official communications. Scott denied the claims that his administration had banned the terms.

Scott's net worth was estimated at US$219  million in 2010, $84 million in 2012, and $133 million in 2013. On July 1, 2015, it was reported that Scott's net worth had grown to $147 million, $149 million on December 31, 2016, and $232 million on December 31, 2017. As of August 2018, his net worth is estimated at $255 million.

Scott was an investor in the firm Conduent Inc., which was awarded a $287 million Florida contract in 2015 to manage SunPass, the toll program in the state of Florida. Due to glitches in SunPass, motorists were charged bank fees and overdraft charges, and the Department of Transportation in Florida came under criticism for failing to take action. Scott himself defended the Florida Department of Transportation handling of the SunPass controversy.

As of early June 2014, Scott had spent almost $13m since March on television advertisements attacking former governor Charlie Crist, who then appeared to be the likely Democratic nominee, and who was eventually nominated. The ads resulted in a tightening of the race, mainly due to a decline in Crist's favorability ratings, while Scott's favorability ratings did not increase.

By late September 2014, Scott's television ad spending had exceeded $35m and in mid-October it reached $56.5 million, compared to $26.5 million by Crist. On October 22 it was reported that Scott's total spending had exceeded $83 million and he announced that, having previously said he would not do so, he would be investing his own money into the campaign, speculated to be as much as $22 million.

Crist hoped to draw strong support from Florida's more than 1.6 million registered black voters, an effort that was challenging with regards to his previous political career as a Republican. A poll conducted in September 2014 by Quinnipiac University revealed his support among black voters was at 72 percent against Scott, which was well below the 90 percent analysts believed he needed to defeat Scott.

Scott and Crist met in a debate on October 15, held by the Florida Press Association at Broward College. Scott refused to take the stage for seven minutes because Crist had a small electric fan under his lectern. The incident was dubbed "fangate" by media sources such as Politico. On November 4, 2014, Scott and Carlos Lopez-Cantera won the general election against Crist and Annette Taddeo-Goldstein by 64,000 votes. The Libertarian candidates, Adrian Wyllie and Greg Roe, received a total of 223,356 votes.

Preliminary figures from Florida's program showed that 2.5% of applicants tested positive for drugs, with 2% declining to take the test, while the Justice Department estimated that around 6% of Americans use drugs overall. The law was declared unconstitutional, with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upholding that ruling in December 2014. The Scott administration declined to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court.

Scott rejects the scientific consensus on climate change, saying "I'm not a scientist". The quote or paraphrases thereof became talking points for some Republican political candidates in the 2014 election campaigns. The political blog Daily Kos proposed a new category for Scott, "climate-change mutism", for "those unable to express an opinion."

In 2013, Scott signed the Timely Justice Act (HB 7101) to overhaul the processes for capital punishment in Florida. The Supreme Court of the United States struck down part of this law in January 2016 in Hurst v. Florida, declaring, in an 8–1 decision, that a judge determining the aggravating facts to be used in considering a death sentence with only a non-binding recommendation from the jury based on a majority vote was insufficient and violated the Sixth Amendment guarantee of a jury trial.

The Florida Legislature passed a new statute to comply with Hurst v. Florida, changing the sentencing method to require a 10-juror supermajority for a sentence of death with a life sentence as the alternative. This new sentencing scheme, however, was struck down by the Florida Supreme Court in a 5–2 ruling in October 2016, which held that a death sentence must be issued by a unanimous jury. The Florida Supreme Court ruled the law "cannot be applied to pending prosecutions" which means that until the Florida legislature acts, there is no procedure or law allowing a prosecutor to seek the death penalty; it leaves open, however, the status of sentences passed under the twice-struck down provisions, also left open by the January 2016 United States Supreme Court Hurst decision. The Court granted Hurst a new sentencing hearing following the same Supreme Court decision.

Scott has taken a number of positions on Medicaid expansion. For much of his first term as governor, Scott was against Medicaid expansion in Florida, saying it was too costly. In 2013, he came out in support of Medicaid expansion, and reiterated his support in 2014 when he was up for re-election. After getting re-elected, Scott reversed his position and adamantly fought against efforts by the Florida Senate to pass Medicaid expansion in 2015.

In December 2012, Scott announced a plan to encourage students to pursue majors in engineering and science by reducing tuition for some majors.

Scott frequently sought to implement voter IDs as Florida governor, with numerous courts ruling against him in voting rights cases. Scott has signed into law bills that created barriers to registering new voters, limited early voting, ended early voting on the Sunday before Election Day (known as "souls to the polls" in African-American churches), and restricted the ability of ex-felons to restore their voting rights. In 2012, Scott attempted to purge non-citizens from voter rolls just prior to the election; a court stopped Scott from doing so, and it was revealed that legitimate voters were on the voter rolls. The Tampa Bay Times noted that under Scott's tenure, Florida had the longest voting lines of any state in the 2012 election. After harsh criticism, Scott expanded early voting hours, and allowed early voting on the Sunday before Election Day.

The Fort Myers News Press quoted Scott as saying in total he spent roughly $78 million of his own money on the campaign, although other figures indicate he spent slightly over $75 million. He won in the general election for governor of Florida, defeating Sink by around 68,000 votes, or 1.29%. He took office as the 45th governor of Florida on January 4, 2011.

In October 2011, Scott announced that he would be running for reelection in 2014. His political funding committee, Let's Get to Work, had raised $28 million for his campaign as of May 2014.

In June 2011, Scott signed a bill requiring those seeking welfare under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to submit to drug screenings. Applicants who fail a drug test may name another person to receive benefits for their children.

In 2011, Scott signed the Firearm Owners' Privacy Act (informally called "Docs vs. Glocks"), which made it illegal for doctors and mental health professionals to ask patients about their gun ownership unless they believed "that this information is relevant to the patient's medical care or safety, or the safety of others." Provisions of the law, including the part forbidding doctors from asking about a patient's gun ownership, were struck down as unconstitutional in 2017 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

In 2011, Scott opposed giving in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, but reversed course in 2014 and signed a bill giving DREAMers in-state tuition in an effort to place limits on how much state institutions can raise tuition each year. In 2013, Scott vetoed legislation that would have given DACA-eligible immigrants the ability to obtain temporary driving licenses. By 2018, he spoke in favor of giving DREAMers a path to citizenship.

On February 16, 2011, Scott rejected $2.3 billion in federal funding to develop high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando. Scott cited California's experience with high-speed rail, namely much lower than expected ridership and cost overruns that doubled the final price. In response, a veto-proof majority in the Florida Senate approved a letter rebuking Scott and asking the Department of Transportation to continue funding. On March 1, 2011, two Florida state senators filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court to compel Scott to accept the rail funds on the grounds Scott lacked constitutional authority to reject funds which had been approved by a prior legislature. On March 4, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Scott's rejection of the rail funds did not violate the Constitution of Florida.

In March 2011, Scott moved to have the Florida Department of Transportation amend its work plan to include $77 million for dredging PortMiami to a depth of 50 feet. Once the port is dredged, Panamax-sized vessels coming through the expanded Panama Canal could load and unload cargo there.

Scott ran for governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Bill McCollum in a vigorously contested Republican primary election, and then narrowly defeated Democratic nominee Alex Sink in the general election. Scott was re-elected in 2014, defeating former governor Charlie Crist. He was barred by term limits from running for re-election in 2018, and instead ran for the United States Senate that year.

Scott ran against Democratic nominee Alex Sink. On April 9, 2010, Scott announced his candidacy for the 2010 Republican Party nomination for governor of Florida.

During the primary campaign, Scott's opponent, Bill McCollum, made an issue of Scott's role at Columbia/HCA. Scott countered that the FBI had never targeted him. Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald contended that a 1998 bill sponsored by McCollum would have made it more difficult to prosecute Medicare fraud cases, and was counter to his current views and allegations. Scott won the August primary with approximately 47% percent of the vote, compared to 43% voting for McCollum, with McCollum conceding the race after midnight. By the date of the Tampa debate between Scott and Sink (October 25, 2010), Scott had spent $60 million of his own money on the campaign compared to Democratic opponent Alex Sink's reported $28 million. Scott campaigned as part of the Tea Party movement.

In Scott's 2010 gubernatorial campaign, he promised to create 700,000 jobs in the state. In 2018, PolitiFact ruled Scott's job creation pledge as a "Promise Kept".

In his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Scott vowed to expand school choice. PolitiFact rated this a "Promise Kept" due to Scott's push to expand school choice as governor. School choice legislation signed by Scott includes the creation of the Hope Scholarship Program, which subsidizes the cost of private school or allows a transfer to another public school for students who were bullied.

In 2010, Scott ran for governor as an immigration hard-liner. At the time, he favored similar laws as Arizona's controversial Arizona SB 1070 which targeted illegal immigrants, and criticized Florida lawmakers for not being tougher on illegal immigrants. Scott called for police to check individuals' immigration status. By 2014, PolitiFact wrote that Scott had "abandoned promises to get tough on illegal immigration." Over time, he moderated his views on immigration.

In the 2010 elections, Florida voters passed constitutional amendments banning gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts. In February 2011, Scott withdrew a request to the United States Department of Justice to approve these amendments, which, according to The Miami Herald, might delay the implementation of the redistricting plan because the Voting Rights Act requires preclearance of state laws likely to affect minority representation. Scott said he wanted to make sure the redistricting was carried out properly.

In February 2009, Scott founded Conservatives for Patients' Rights (CPR), which he said was intended to put pressure on Democrats to enact health care legislation based on free-market principles. As of March 2009, he had given about $5 million for a planned $20 million ad campaign by CPR.

In 2008, Alijor was sold to HealthGrades. In May 2008, Scott purchased Drives, one of the world's leading independent designers and manufacturers of heavy-duty drive chain-based products and assemblies for industrial and agricultural applications and precision-engineered augers for agricultural, material handling, construction and related applications. Scott reportedly has an interest in a chain of family fun centers/bowling alleys, S&S Family Entertainment, in Kentucky and Tennessee led by Larry Schmittou, a minor league baseball team owner.

In August 2007, the company received a $40 million investment from a private equity firm and said that it expected to open 35 clinics by the end of 2009, with annual revenues of $100 million once all these clinics were open, compared to $20 million at the time. As of March 2009, Solantic had 24 centers, all located in Florida.

Solantic was the target of an employment discrimination suit, which claimed that there had been a policy to not hire elderly or obese applicants, preferring "mainstream" candidates. It was settled for an undisclosed sum on May 23, 2007. Scott responded to Salon regarding the claims of discrimination pointing out that "currently 53 percent of Solantic's employees are white, 20 percent black and 17 percent Hispanic."

In 2006, CyberGuard was sold to Secure Computing for more than $300 million. In February 2005, he purchased Continental Structural Plastics, Inc. (CSP) in Detroit, Michigan. In July 2006, CSP purchased Budd Plastics from ThyssenKrupp, making Continental Structural Plastics the largest industrial composites molder in North America.

In 2005–06, Scott provided the initial round of funding of $3 million to Alijor.com (named for the first three letters of his two daughters' names), which offered hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers the opportunity to post information about their prices, hours, locations, insurance accepted, and personal backgrounds online. Scott co-founded the company with his daughter Allison.

In 2003, Scott invested $5.5 million in Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacies, which operates drugstores/pharmacies in the Western United States that offer vitamins, herbal medicine, skin products, homeopathic medicines, and prescriptions.

In late 2002, HCA agreed to pay the United States government $631 million, plus interest, and pay $17.5 million to state Medicaid agencies, in addition to $250 million paid up to that point to resolve outstanding Medicare expense claims. In all, civil lawsuits cost HCA more than $2 billion to settle; at the time, this was the largest fraud settlement in American history.

Solantic opened its first urgent care center in 2002. It provides urgent care services, immunizations, physicals, drug screening, and care for injured workers. The corporation attracts patients who do not have insurance, cannot get appointments with their primary care physicians, or do not have primary care physicians. Solantic is an alternative to the emergency department care that these types of patients often seek, or for not seeing a doctor at all. In 2006, Scott said that his plans for Solantic were to establish a national brand of medical clinics.

Solantic, based in Jacksonville, Florida, was co-founded in 2001 by Scott and Karen Bowling, a former television anchor Scott met after Columbia bought what is now Memorial Hospital in 1995.

During Scott's 2000 deposition, he pleaded the Fifth Amendment many times. In settlements reached in 2000 and 2002, Columbia/HCA pleaded guilty to 14 felonies and agreed to a $600+ million fine in what was at the time the largest health care fraud settlement in American history. Columbia/HCA admitted systematically overcharging the government by claiming marketing costs as reimbursable, by striking illegal deals with home care agencies, and by filing false data about use of hospital space. They also admitted fraudulently billing Medicare and other health programs by inflating the seriousness of diagnoses and to giving doctors partnerships in company hospitals as a kickback for the doctors referring patients to HCA. They filed false cost reports, fraudulently billing Medicare for home health care workers, and paid kickbacks in the sale of home health agencies and to doctors to refer patients. In addition, they gave doctors "loans" never intending to be repaid, free rent, free office furniture, and free drugs from hospital pharmacies.

In mid-1999 AHN merged with Fit TV, a subsidiary of Fox; the combination was renamed The Health Network. Later that year, in a deal between News Corp. and WebMD, the latter received half-ownership of The Health Network. WebMD planned to relaunch The Health Network as WebMD Television in the fall of 2000, with new programming, but that company announced cutbacks and restructuring in September 2000, and, in January 2001, News Corp. regained 100% ownership. In September 2001, Fox Cable Networks Group sold The Health Network to its main rival, the Discovery Health Channel, for $155 million in cash plus a 10 percent equity stake in Discovery Health.

In an interview with CNN host Don Lemon, Scott said, "Studies show that people that are on welfare are higher users of drugs than people not on welfare" and "the bottom line is, if they're not using drugs, it's not an issue". PolitiFact said this comment was "half true". Government researchers in 1999–2000 reported "that 9.6 percent of people in families receiving some type of government assistance reported recent drug use, compared to 6.8 percent among people in families receiving no government assistance at all."

In 1998, Scott and former Columbia/HCA Healthcare president David Vandewater led a group of investors who gave AHN a major infusion of cash so that the company could continue to operate. By early 1999, the network was available in 9.5 million American homes.

On March 19, 1997, investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services served search warrants at Columbia/HCA facilities in El Paso and on dozens of doctors with suspected ties to the company. Eight days after the initial raid, Scott signed his last SEC report as a hospital executive. Four months later, the board of directors pressured Scott to resign as chairman and CEO. He was succeeded by Thomas F. Frist Jr. Scott was paid $9.88 million in a settlement, and left owning 10 million shares of stock then worth more than $350 million. The directors had been warned in the company's annual public reports to stockholders that incentives Columbia/HCA offered doctors could run afoul of a federal anti-kickback law passed in order to limit or eliminate instances of conflicts of interest in Medicare and Medicaid.

After his departure from Columbia/HCA in 1997, Scott launched Richard L. Scott Investments, based in Naples, Florida (originally in Stamford, Connecticut), which has stakes in health care, manufacturing and technology companies. Between 1998 and 2001, Scott purchased 50% of CyberGuard Corporation for approximately $10 million. Among his investors was Metro Nashville finance director David Manning.

In July 1997, Columbia/HCA Healthcare purchased a controlling interest in America's Health Network (AHN), the first 24-hour health care cable channel. They pulled out of the deal on the day of the closing because Scott and Vanderwater were terminated, which caused the immediate layoffs of more than 250 people in Orlando. Later that same year, Scott became majority owner of AHN.

In 1994, Columbia Hospital Corporation merged with HCA, "forming the single largest for-profit health care company in the country." Scott became CEO of Columbia/HCA. According to The New York Times, "[in] less than a decade, Mr. Scott had built a company he founded with two small hospitals in El Paso into the world's largest health care company – a $20 billion giant with about 350 hospitals, 550 home health care offices and score of other medical businesses in 38 states."

In 1992, Columbia made a stock purchase of Basic American Medical, which owned eight hospitals, primarily in southwestern Florida. In September 1993, Columbia did another stock purchase, worth $3.4 billion, of Galen Healthcare, which had been spun off by Humana Inc. several months earlier. At the time, Galen had approximately 90 hospitals. After the purchase, Galen stockholders had 82 percent of the stock in the combined company, with Scott still running the company.

In the 1990s, Scott was a partner of George W. Bush as co-owner of the Texas Rangers.

In 1988, Scott and Richard Rainwater, a financier from Fort Worth, each put up $125,000 in working capital in their new company, Columbia Hospital Corporation, and borrowed the remaining money needed to purchase two struggling hospitals in El Paso for $60 million. Then they acquired a neighboring hospital and shut it down. Within a year, the remaining two were doing much better. By the end of 1989, Columbia Hospital Corporation owned four hospitals with a total of 833 beds.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Kansas City and of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. In 1987, after serving in the United States Navy and becoming a law firm partner, he co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation. Columbia later merged with another corporation to form Columbia/HCA, which eventually became the largest private for-profit health care company in the United States. Scott was pressured to resign as chief executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997. During his tenure as chief executive, the company defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs. The Department of Justice ultimately fined the company $1.7 billion in what was at the time the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history. Scott was not charged with a crime. Following his departure from Columbia/HCA, Scott became a venture capitalist and pursued other business interests.

In April 1987, Scott made his first attempt to buy the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). While still a partner at Johnson & Swanson, Scott formed the HCA Acquisition Company with two former executives of Republic Health Corporation, Charles Miller and Richard Ragsdale. With financing from Citicorp conditional on acquisition of HCA, the proposed holding company offered $3.85 billion for 80 million shares at $47 each, intending to assume an additional $1.2 billion in debt, for a total $5 billion deal. However, HCA declined the offer, and the bid was withdrawn.

During Hurricane Irma, he led Florida through the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history. Unemployment, taxpayer debt, and crime declined statewide during Scott's tenure. He signed a repeal of Florida's 1985 growth management laws, reduced funding for water management districts, reduced oversight at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and supported increased funding for Everglades restoration. Scott supported permanent tax cuts and "focused on job numbers rather than on running state agencies or making sweeping policy changes."

Scott attended college on the GI Bill, and he graduated from the University of Missouri–Kansas City with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He earned a Juris Doctor degree by working his way through Southern Methodist University. He was licensed by the Texas Bar to practice law on November 6, 1978.

On April 20, 1972, Scott, then aged 19, married his high school sweetheart, Frances Annette Holland (born February 11, 1952), who was 20 years old. The couple has two daughters and six grandsons. The Scotts live in Naples, Florida and are founding members of Naples Community Church.

Scott graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1970. He then attended one year of community college and enlisted in the United States Navy, also in 1970. Scott was in the US Navy for 29 months and served on the USS Glover (FF-1098) as a radar technician.

In 1954, Esther married Orba George Scott Jr. (died 2006), a truck driver. Orba adopted young Rick, who took his stepfather's surname and became known as Richard Lynn Scott. Scott was raised in North Kansas City, Missouri, the second of five children. His family was lower-middle-class and struggled financially; Esther Scott worked as a clerk at J. C. Penney, among other jobs.

Richard Lynn Scott (né Myers, December 1, 1952) is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Florida since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as the 45th governor of Florida from 2011 to 2019.

Rick Scott was born Richard Lynn Myers in Bloomington, Illinois, on December 1, 1952. Scott never met his biological father, Gordon William Myers, who was described by Scott's mother, Esther J. Scott (née Fry; October 20, 1928 – November 13, 2012), as an abusive alcoholic. Scott's parents divorced in his infancy.

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Rick Scott

This article is about the businessman, United States senator and former governor of Florida. For other people with the same name, see Richard Scott (disambiguation).

Not to be confused with Tim Scott.

United States Senator from Florida

Rick Scott

Official Portrait of Senator Rick Scott (R-FL).jpg

Incumbent

Assumed office
January 3, 2021
LeaderMitch McConnell
Preceded byTodd Young

Incumbent

Assumed office
January 8, 2019

Serving with Marco Rubio

Preceded byBill Nelson
In office
January 4, 2011 – January 7, 2019[a]
LieutenantJennifer Carroll
Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Preceded byCharlie Crist
Succeeded byRon DeSantis
Born

Richard Lynn Myers


(1952-12-01) December 1, 1952 (age 68)
Bloomington, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)

Ann Holland

(m. )​
Children2
ResidenceNaples, Florida, U.S.
EducationNorth Kansas City High School
Alma materUniversity of Missouri–Kansas City (BS)
Southern Methodist University (JD)
Occupation
  • Politician
  • lawyer
  • financier
  • businessman
Signature
WebsiteSenate website
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Years of service1971–1974[2]
RankPetty officer third class[3]
UnitUSS Glover (FF-1098)

Richard Lynn Scott (néMyers, born December 1, 1952) is an American politician and businessman serving as the juniorUnited States senator from Florida since 2019.[4][5] A member of the Republican Party, he was the 45th governor of Florida from 2011 to 2019.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Missouri–Kansas City and the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University. In 1987, after serving in the United States Navy and becoming a law firm partner, he co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation. Columbia later merged with another corporation to form Columbia/HCA, which eventually became the nation's largest private for-profit health care company.[6] Scott was pressured to resign as chief executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997. During his tenure as chief executive, the company defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs. The Department of Justice ultimately fined the company $1.7 billion in what was at the time the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history.[7][8] Following his departure from Columbia/HCA, Scott became a venture capitalist and pursued other business interests. In 2009, he founded Conservatives for Patients' Rights.

Scott ran for governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Bill McCollum in a vigorously contested Republican primary election, and then narrowly defeated Democratic nominee Alex Sink in the general election.[9] Scott was reelected in 2014, defeating former governor Charlie Crist. He was barred by term limits from running for reelection in 2018, and instead ran for the United States Senate.

Scott won the 2018 US Senate election, defeating Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson. The initial election results were so close that they triggered a mandatory recount. The recount showed that Scott had won by 10,033 votes; Nelson then conceded the race. Scott took office following the expiration of his term as governor of Florida on January 8, 2019.

Early life and education

Rick Scott was born Richard Lynn Myers[10] in Bloomington, Illinois, on December 1, 1952. Scott never met his biological father, Gordon William Myers,[10] who was described by Scott's mother, Esther J. Scott (née Fry; 1928 – 2012), as an abusive alcoholic.[11] Scott's parents divorced in his infancy.[11]

In 1954, Esther married Orba George Scott Jr. (died 2006), a truck driver. Orba adopted Rick, who took his stepfather's surname and became known as Richard Lynn Scott.[12] Scott was raised in North Kansas City, Missouri, the second of five children. His family was lower-middle-class and struggled financially; Esther Scott worked as a clerk at J. C. Penney, among other jobs.[13][14]

Scott graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1970.[15] He attended community college and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1970.[16][failed verification] Scott was in the Navy for 29 months[17] and served on the USS Glover (FF-1098) as a radar technician.[18]

Scott attended college on the GI Bill,[18] and graduated from the University of Missouri–Kansas City with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.[19] He earned a Juris Doctor degree by working his way through Southern Methodist University.[18] He was licensed by the Texas Bar to practice law on November 6, 1978.[20]

Career

Scott made his first foray into business while working his way through college and law school, initially buying and reviving a failing doughnut shop (the Flavor Maid Do-Nut) by adding workplace delivery instead of relying on foot traffic. He later bought and revived another doughnut shop.[21] After graduating from law school, Scott worked as an attorney at the law firm of Johnson & Swanson in Dallas, Texas.[22]

Columbia Hospital Corporation

In 1988, Scott and Richard Rainwater, a financier from Fort Worth, each put up $125,000 in working capital in their new company, Columbia Hospital Corporation;[23] they borrowed the remaining money needed to purchase two struggling hospitals in El Paso for $60 million.[24] Then they acquired a neighboring hospital and shut it down. Within a year, the remaining two were doing much better.[17] By the end of 1989, Columbia Hospital Corporation owned four hospitals with a total of 833 beds.[24]

In 1992, Columbia made a stock purchase of Basic American Medical, which owned eight hospitals, primarily in southwestern Florida. In September 1993, Columbia did another stock purchase, worth $3.4 billion, of Galen Healthcare, which had been spun off by Humana Inc. several months earlier.[25] At the time, Galen had approximately 90 hospitals. After the purchase, Galen stockholders had 82% of the stock in the combined company, with Scott still running the company.[24]

Columbia/HCA

In April 1987, Scott made his first attempt to buy the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). While still a partner at Johnson & Swanson, Scott formed the HCA Acquisition Company with two former executives of Republic Health Corporation, Charles Miller and Richard Ragsdale.[26] With financing from Citicorp conditional on acquisition of HCA,[27] the proposed holding company offered $3.85 billion for 80 million shares at $47 each, intending to assume an additional $1.2 billion in debt, for a total $5 billion deal. After HCA declined the offer, the bid was withdrawn.[28]

In 1994, Columbia Hospital Corporation merged with HCA, "forming the single largest for-profit health care company in the country." Scott became CEO of Columbia/HCA.[29] According to The New York Times, "[in] less than a decade, Mr. Scott had built a company he founded with two small hospitals in El Paso into the world's largest health care company – a $20 billion giant with about 350 hospitals, 550 home health care offices and scores of other medical businesses in 38 states."[30]

On March 19, 1997, investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Health and Human Services served search warrants at Columbia/HCA facilities in El Paso and on dozens of doctors with suspected ties to the company.[31] Eight days after the initial raid, Scott signed his last SEC report as a hospital executive. Four months later, the board of directors pressured him to resign as chairman and CEO.[32] He was succeeded by Thomas F. Frist Jr.[33] Scott was paid $9.88 million in a settlement, and left owning 10 million shares of stock then worth more than $350 million.[34][35][36] The directors had been warned in the company's annual public reports to stockholders that incentives Columbia/HCA offered doctors could run afoul of a federal anti-kickback law passed in order to limit or eliminate instances of conflicts of interest in Medicare and Medicaid.[33]

During Scott's 2000 deposition, he pleaded the Fifth Amendment 75 times.[37] In settlements reached in 2000 and 2002, Columbia/HCA pleaded guilty to 14 felonies and agreed to a $600+ million fine in what was at the time the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history. Columbia/HCA admitted systematically overcharging the government by claiming marketing costs as reimbursable, by striking illegal deals with home care agencies, and by filing false data about use of hospital space. It also admitted to fraudulently billing Medicare and other health programs by inflating the seriousness of diagnoses and to giving doctors partnerships in company hospitals as a kickback for the doctors referring patients to HCA. It filed false cost reports, fraudulently billing Medicare for home health care workers, and paid kickbacks in the sale of home health agencies and to doctors to refer patients. In addition, it gave doctors "loans" never intending to be repaid, free rent, free office furniture, and free drugs from hospital pharmacies.[38][7]

In late 2002, HCA agreed to pay the United States government $631 million, plus interest, and $17.5 million to state Medicaid agencies, in addition to $250 million paid up to that point to resolve outstanding Medicare expense claims.[39] In all, civil lawsuits cost HCA more than $2 billion to settle; at the time, this was the largest fraud settlement in U.S. history.[40][41]

Venture capitalist

After leaving Columbia/HCA in 1997, Scott launched Richard L. Scott Investments, based in Naples, Florida (originally in Stamford, Connecticut[42]), which has stakes in health care, manufacturing and technology companies. Between 1998 and 2001, he purchased 50% of CyberGuard Corporation for approximately $10 million. Among his investors was Metro Nashville finance director David Manning.[42]

In 2006, CyberGuard was sold to Secure Computing for more than $300 million. In February 2005, Scott purchased Continental Structural Plastics, Inc. (CSP) in Detroit, Michigan. In July 2006, CSP purchased Budd Plastics from ThyssenKrupp, making CSP the largest industrial composites molder in North America.[43]

In 2005–06, Scott provided the initial round of funding of $3 million to Alijor.com (named for the first three letters of his two daughters' names), which offered hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers the opportunity to post information about their prices, hours, locations, insurance accepted, and personal backgrounds online.[44] Scott co-founded the company with his daughter Allison.[42]

In 2008, Alijor was sold to HealthGrades. In May 2008, Scott purchased Drives, one of the world's leading independent designers and manufacturers of heavy-duty drive chain-based products and assemblies for industrial and agricultural applications and precision-engineered augers for agricultural, material handling, construction and related applications. Scott reportedly has an interest in a chain of family fun centers/bowling alleys, S&S Family Entertainment, in Kentucky and Tennessee led by Larry Schmittou, a minor league baseball team owner.[45]

America's Health Network (AHN)

In July 1997, Columbia/HCA Healthcare purchased a controlling interest in America's Health Network (AHN), the first 24-hour health care cable channel. They[who?] pulled out of the deal on the day of the closing because Scott and Vanderwater were terminated, causing the immediate layoffs of more than 250 people in Orlando. Later that same year, Scott became majority owner of AHN.[46]

In 1998, Scott and Vandewater led a group of investors who gave AHN a major infusion of cash so that the company could continue to operate. By early 1999, the network was available in 9.5 million American homes.[47]

In mid-1999 AHN merged with Fit TV, a subsidiary of Fox; the combination was renamed The Health Network.[48] Later that year, in a deal between News Corp. and WebMD, the latter received half-ownership of The Health Network. WebMD planned to relaunch The Health Network as WebMD Television in the fall of 2000, with new programming, but that company announced cutbacks and restructuring in September 2000, and, in January 2001, News Corp. regained 100% ownership.[49] In September 2001, Fox Cable Networks Group sold The Health Network to its main rival, the Discovery Health Channel, for $155 million in cash plus a 10% equity stake in Discovery Health.[50]

Solantic

Solantic, based in Jacksonville, Florida, was co-founded in 2001 by Scott and Karen Bowling, a former television anchor Scott met after Columbia bought what is now Memorial Hospital in 1995.[13]

Solantic opened its first urgent care center in 2002. It provides urgent care services, immunizations, physicals, drug screening, and care for injured workers. The corporation attracts patients who do not have insurance, cannot get appointments with their primary care physicians, or do not have primary care physicians. Solantic is an alternative to the emergency department care that these types of patients often seek, or for not seeing a doctor at all. In 2006, Scott said that his plans for Solantic were to establish a national brand of medical clinics.[13]

In August 2007, the company received a $40 million investment from a private equity firm and said that it expected to open 35 clinics by the end of 2009, with annual revenues of $100 million once all these clinics were open, compared to $20 million at the time.[51] As of March 2009, Solantic had 24 centers, all in Florida.[52]

Solantic was the target of an employment discrimination suit that claimed that there had been a policy to not hire elderly or obese applicants, preferring "mainstream" candidates. It was settled for an undisclosed sum on May 23, 2007. Scott responded to Salon regarding the claims of discrimination pointing out that "currently 53 percent of Solantic's employees are white, 20 percent black and 17 percent Hispanic."[53]

Pharmaca

In 2003, Scott invested $5.5 million in Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacies,[54] which operates drugstores/pharmacies in the Western United States that offer vitamins, herbal medicine, skin products, homeopathic medicines, and prescriptions.

Other work

In the 1990s, Scott was a partner of George W. Bush as co-owner of the Texas Rangers.[55]

Scott founded[when?] and managed Naples, Florida-headquartered Novosan, marketer of the Viosan Health Generation food supplements, which have been criticized by alternative medicine critic and Quackwatch webmaster Stephen Barrett for being promoted with non-explicit suggestions that they could cure various diseases in violation of federal law.[56]

Early political career

Conservatives for Patients' Rights

Main article: Conservatives for Patients' Rights

In February 2009, Scott founded Conservatives for Patients' Rights (CPR), which he said was intended to put pressure on Democrats to enact health care legislation based on free-market principles.[57] As of March 2009, he had given about $5 million for a planned $20 million ad campaign by CPR.[58]

Governor of Florida

Elections

2010

Main article: 2010 Florida gubernatorial election

On April 9, 2010, Scott announced his candidacy for the 2010 Republican Party nomination for governor of Florida.[59] He ran against Democratic nominee Alex Sink.[60]

Susie Wiles, former communications chief to Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton, served as Scott's campaign manager, and Tony Fabrizio was his chief pollster. It was reported on May 7 that Scott's campaign had already spent $4.7 million on television and radio ads.[61] His first video advertisement was released to YouTube on April 13.[62]

During the primary campaign, Scott's opponent, Bill McCollum, made an issue of Scott's role at Columbia/HCA. Scott countered that the FBI had never targeted him. Marc Caputo of the Miami Herald contended that a 1998 bill sponsored by McCollum would have made it more difficult to prosecute Medicare fraud cases, and was counter to his current views and allegations.[63] Scott won the August primary with approximately 47% percent of the vote to McCollum's 43%. By the date of the Tampa debate between Scott and Sink (October 25, 2010), Scott had spent $60 million of his own money on the campaign compared to Sink's reported $28 million.[64] Scott campaigned as part of the Tea Party movement.[65]

The Fort Myers News Press quoted Scott as saying he spent roughly $78 million of his own money on the campaign, although other figures indicate he spent slightly over $75 million. He won the general election, defeating Sink by around 68,000 votes, or 1.29%.[66] He took office as the 45th governor of Florida on January 4, 2011.

2014

Main article: 2014 Florida gubernatorial election

In October 2011, Scott announced that he would run for reelection in 2014.[67] His political funding committee, Let's Get to Work, had raised $28 million for his campaign as of May 2014.[68][69]

As of early June 2014, Scott had spent almost $13 million since March on television advertisements attacking former governor Charlie Crist, who then appeared to be the likely Democratic nominee, and who was eventually nominated. The ads resulted in a tightening of the race, mainly due to a decline in Crist's favorability ratings, while Scott's favorability ratings did not increase.[70]

By late September 2014, Scott's television ad spending had exceeded $35 million[71][72] and in mid-October reached $56.5 million, compared to $26.5 million by Crist. On October 22 it was reported that Scott's total spending had exceeded $83 million and he announced that, having previously said he would not do so, he would invest his own money into the campaign, speculated to be as much as $22 million.[73]

Crist hoped to draw strong support from Florida's more than 1.6 million registered black voters, an effort that was challenging given his previous political career as a Republican. A September 2014 Quinnipiac University poll revealed his support among black voters was 72%, well below the 90% analysts believed he needed to defeat Scott.[74]

Scott and Crist met in an October 15 debate held by the Florida Press Association at Broward College.[75] Scott refused to take the stage for seven minutes because Crist had a small electric fan under his lectern. The incident was dubbed "fangate" by media sources such as Politico.[76] On November 4, 2014, Scott and Carlos Lopez-Cantera won the general election against Crist and Annette Taddeo-Goldstein by 64,000 votes. The Libertarian candidates, Adrian Wyllie and Greg Roe, received 223,356 votes.[77]

Scott's gubernatorial portraits during his first (left) and second (right) term

Tenure

Scott, Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, and other state officials
Scott speaking at Veterans Award Ceremony

During Hurricane Irma, Scott led Florida through the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history. Unemployment, taxpayer debt, and crime declined statewide during his tenure. He signed a repeal of Florida's 1985 growth management laws, reduced funding for water management districts, reduced oversight at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and supported increased funding for Everglades restoration. Scott supported permanent tax cuts and "focused on job numbers rather than on running state agencies or making sweeping policy changes".[78]

Death penalty

In 2013, Scott signed the;; Timely Justice Act (HB 7101)[79] to overhaul the processes for capital punishment in Florida.[80] The Supreme Court of the United States struck down part of this law in January 2016 in Hurst v. Florida, declaring, in an 8–1 decision, that a judge determining the aggravating facts to be used in considering a death sentence with only a non-binding recommendation from the jury based on a majority vote was insufficient and violated the Sixth Amendment guarantee of a jury trial.[81][82]

The Florida Legislature passed a new statute to comply with Hurst v. Florida, changing the sentencing method to require a 10-juror supermajority for a sentence of death with a life sentence as the alternative.[83] In October 2016 this new sentencing scheme was struck down by the Florida Supreme Court in a 5–2 ruling, which held that a death sentence must be issued by a unanimous jury.[84] The Florida Supreme Court ruled the law "cannot be applied to pending prosecutions" which means that until the Florida legislature acts, there is no procedure or law allowing a prosecutor to seek the death penalty; but it leaves open[clarification needed] the status of sentences passed under the twice-struck down provisions,[85] also left open by the January 2016 United States Supreme CourtHurst decision. The Court granted Hurst a new sentencing hearing after the same Supreme Court decision.[85]

During Scott's tenure, Florida executed more inmates (28) than had been executed under any other governor in the state's history.[78][86]

Donald Trump

In the 2016 Republican primaries, Scott endorsed Trump after Trump won the Florida primary.[87] Scott chaired a pro-Trump super PAC in the 2016 election.[87][88] Unlike many other establishment Republicans, Scott praised Trump as tough on terrorism and as an outsider during the 2016 Republican convention.[87]

When Trump "sparred with the Muslim father of a slain U.S. soldier", Scott said "I'm never going to agree with every candidate on what they're going to say".[87] When the Donald Trump Access Hollywood tape was publicized, in which Trump spoke of grabbing women "by the pussy", Scott rebuked Trump, saying, "I'm not following politics closely right now, but this is terrible. I don't agree with anyone talking like this about anyone, ever".[89]

Drug testing for welfare recipients

In June 2011, Scott signed a bill requiring those seeking welfare under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to submit to drug screenings. Applicants who fail a drug test may name another person to receive benefits for their children.[90]

In an interview with CNN host Don Lemon, Scott said, "Studies show that people that are on welfare are higher users of drugs than people not on welfare" and "the bottom line is, if they're not using drugs, it's not an issue". PolitiFact said this comment was "half true". Government researchers in 1999–2000 reported "that 9.6 percent of people in families receiving some type of government assistance reported recent drug use, compared to 6.8 percent among people in families receiving no government assistance at all."[91]

Preliminary figures from Florida's program showed that 2.5% of applicants tested positive for drugs, with 2% declining to take the test, while the Justice Department estimated that around 6% of Americans use drugs overall.[92] The law was declared unconstitutional, with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upholding that ruling in December 2014.[93] The Scott administration declined to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court.

Economy

In Scott's 2010 gubernatorial campaign, he promised to create 700,000 jobs in the state. In 2018, PolitiFact ruled Scott's job creation pledge as a "Promise Kept".[94]

Under Scott, Florida's job creation far outpaced the rest of the nation, while wages were below-average and poverty rates were above-average. During his tenure as governor, Florida employers created nearly 1.5 million jobs, and the state's employment grew 20.3%, compared to 12.5% growth for the U.S. as a whole. Florida's household income is lower than the national average, with a widening gap. At 15.8%, the state's poverty rate is slightly above the national rate of 14.7%.[95]

Education

In his 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Scott vowed to expand school choice. PolitiFact rated this a "Promise Kept" due to Scott's push to expand school choice as governor. School choice legislation signed by Scott includes the creation of the Hope Scholarship Program, which subsidizes the cost of private school or allows a transfer to another public school for students who were bullied.[96]

In December 2012, Scott announced a plan to encourage students to pursue majors in engineering and science by reducing tuition for some majors.[97]

In 2016, Scott signed a bill allowing parents to pick any public school in the state for their children, regardless of traditional attendance lines or county boundaries.[98]

In 2017, Scott signed a $419 million public school bill that included charter school expansion. The bill was supported by House Republicans, school choice proponents, and conservative political groups and it was opposed by superintendents, school boards, parent groups, and teachers unions.[99][100]

During the summer of 2017, Scott signed a bill (HB 989 and SB 1210) that would allow any Florida resident to "challenge the use or adoption of instructional materials" in public schools.[101] Proponents of the bill argued that it would allow parents to be more proactive in their child's education. Opponents of the bill argued that it would allow more censorship, especially for scientific topics like global warming and evolution.[102]

Environment

Scott rejects the scientific consensus on climate change, saying "I'm not a scientist".[103][104] The quote or paraphrases thereof became talking points for some Republican political candidates in the 2014 election campaigns.[105][106]

When questioned by the press on March 9, 2015, in Hialeah, Florida, Scott did not say whether he believes global warming is a problem or whether Florida's Department of Environmental Protection has made or is making preparations for its potential consequences.[107][108]

In March 2015, accusations were made that Scott's administration had instructed Department of Environmental Protection officials to avoid the terms "climate change" or "global warming" in official communications. Scott denied that his administration had banned the terms.[109][110][111][112]

Scott cut $700 million from Florida's water management districts over his tenure as governor.[113] The cuts stirred controversy in 2018 when Florida faced a water contamination crisis.[113][114]

Financial disclosures

In 2017, Donald Hinkle, a Democratic activist and lawyer, filed a lawsuit claiming that Scott had not disclosed sufficient information about his wealth and holdings and may have underestimated his net worth. Scott appealed to a three-judge panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court granted a writ of prohibition barring the circuit judge from taking any further action in the case. The five-page ruling agreed with Scott that only the Commission on Ethics “has constitutional authority to investigate Mr. Hinkle's complaint.”[115][116]

Gun laws

As of February 2018, Scott had an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), indicating a record of supporting gun rights.[117] The NRA stated in 2014 that Scott "signed more pro-gun bills into law–in one term–than any other governor in Florida history".[118]

In 2011, Scott signed the Firearm Owners' Privacy Act (informally called "Docs vs. Glocks"), which made it illegal for doctors and mental health professionals to ask patients about their gun ownership unless they believed "that this information is relevant to the patient's medical care or safety, or the safety of others."[119] Provisions of the law, including the part forbidding doctors from asking about a patient's gun ownership, were struck down as unconstitutional in 2017 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.[119]

On June 9, 2017, Scott signed an expanded version of Florida's stand-your-ground law into law.[120]

In February 2018, after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, Scott stated his support for raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21; at the time of the shooting, 21 was the minimum age to buy a handgun, but rifles could be purchased at age 18. He also announced his support of a ban on bump stocks. Scott said, "I want to make it virtually impossible for anyone who has mental issues to use a gun", requesting $500 million in funds for mental health and school safety programs.[121] In March 2018, the Florida Legislature passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which incorporated many of the measures Scott supported. It raised the minimum age for buying firearms to 21, established waiting periods and background checks, provided a program for the arming of some teachers and the hiring of school police, banned bump stocks, and barred potentially violent or mentally unhealthy people arrested under certain laws from possessing guns. In all, it allocated around $400 million.[122] Scott signed the bill into law on March 9.[123] That same day, the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the law's provision banning gun sales to people under 21. An NRA spokesman said, "We filed a lawsuit against the state for violating the constitutional rights of 18- to 21-year-olds."[124]

Health care

Scott has been a harsh critic of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare),[125] but in his 2018 Senate campaign stopped harshly criticizing the bill.[126] In 2017, he said that people with preexisting conditions should be protected.[127] In June 2018, when the Trump administration sought to remove provisions of Obamacare protecting people with preexisting conditions, Scott declined to criticize the administration,[126][127][128] saying he did not know enough about it to comment.[127]

Scott has taken a number of positions on Medicaid expansion. For much of his first term as governor, he opposed Medicaid expansion in Florida, saying it was too costly. In 2013, he came out in support of Medicaid expansion, and reiterated his support in 2014 when he was up for reelection.[128] After being reelected, Scott reversed his position and adamantly fought against efforts by the Florida Senate to pass Medicaid expansion in 2015.[129] Scott rejected the Medicaid expansion because of his renewed fiscal concerns, saying it is "hard to understand how the state could take on even more federal programs."[129]

Scott has been accused of having fueled an HIV epidemic while governor, by ensuring that Florida returned $54 million in unspent federal HIV-prevention grants and blocking $16 million in CDC grants to Miami-Dade and Broward counties.[130] The effect of this rejection of federal funds combined with Scott's stance on Medicaid expansion has been described as "helping explain why the state’s HIV epidemic became almost peerlessly severe during Scott’s time in office", with the state accounting for 13% of the country's HIV diagnoses in 2017.[130] Scott has opposed most federal grants due to his fiscal conservatism.[130]

Hurricane Irma

Scott's handling of Hurricane Irma boosted his profile in advance of his U.S. Senate campaign, with The Hill writing that his "aggressive approach to Irma, which saw him order an extensive evacuation ahead of the storm and coordinate disaster relief efforts as the storm came ashore, has sent his political stock even higher" and that Scott's "preparedness has impressed Republicans and some Democrats."[131]

An investigation by WFOR-TV found that after Hurricane Irma, Scott ignored existing debris removal contracts and instead issued emergency contracts for hurricane clean-up efforts.[132] Florida state officials sent an email to several companies on September 11 inviting them to hand in bids for debris clean-up by the next day.[132] State officials believed new contracts were needed to speed up the removal process given the severity of Hurricane Irma.[132] On September 13, state officials decided to use the services of MCM and Community Asphalt, firms owned by contributors to the Republican Party and Scott's campaigns. According to the television station, the emergency contracts cost $28 to $30 million more than the existing contracts.[132]

Immigration and refugees

In 2010, Scott ran for governor as an immigration hard-liner.[133][65] At the time, he favored similar laws as Arizona's controversial Arizona SB 1070 which targeted illegal immigrants, and criticized Florida lawmakers for not being tougher on illegal immigrants.[134][133] Scott called for police to check individuals' immigration status.[134] By 2014, PolitiFact wrote that Scott had "abandoned promises to get tough on illegal immigration."[135] Over time, he moderated his views on immigration.[65]

In 2011, Scott opposed giving in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, but reversed course in 2014 and signed a bill giving DREAMers in-state tuition in an effort to place limits on how much state institutions can raise tuition each year.[136][137] In 2013, Scott vetoed legislation that would have given DACA-eligible immigrants the ability to obtain temporary driving licenses.[138][137] By 2018, he spoke in favor of giving DREAMers a path to citizenship.[133]

In June 2018, Scott opposed the Trump administration family separation policy, which involved separating children from their parents, relatives, or other adults who accompanied them in crossing the border, sending the parents to federal jails and placing children and infants under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In a letter to United States secretary of health and human servicesAlex Azar, Scott wrote: "I have been very clear that I absolutely do not agree with the practice of separating children from their families. This practice needs to stop now."[139][140]

Scott's administration awarded Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. (CHSi) a tax incentive package of $600,000 to expand in Cape Canaveral, Florida. CHSi runs the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children which detains minor migrants, including those separated from families at the border.[141]

Medical marijuana

After voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana, Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature which allowed the use of medical marijuana but not smokeable medical marijuana.[142] A judge ruled the ban on smokeable medical marijuana unconstitutional.[143] Scott appealed the decision.[144][145]

Predictive policing

On September 3, 2020, the Tampa Bay Times released an investigative report into Scott-appointed Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco's "predictive policing" program, which relies on unproven algorithms.[146] The program is designed to use counter-terrorism and other military "intelligence" tactics to prevent property damage.[146] Nocco was a Republican insider with limited law enforcement experience at the time he was appointed by Scott, in 2011.[146]

Redistricting amendments

In the 2010 elections, Florida voters passed constitutional amendments banning gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts.[147] In February 2011, Scott withdrew a request to the United States Department of Justice to approve these amendments, which, according to The Miami Herald, might delay the implementation of the redistricting plan because the Voting Rights Act requires preclearance of state laws likely to affect minority representation. Scott said he wanted to make sure the redistricting was carried out properly.[148]

Several advocacy groups[which?] sued Scott in federal court to compel him to resubmit the acts to the Justice Department.[clarification needed][149]

Transportation

On February 16, 2011, Scott rejected $2.3 billion in federal funding to develop high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando. He cited California's experience with high-speed rail, namely much lower than expected ridership and cost overruns that doubled the final price.[150] In response, a veto-proof majority in the Florida Senate approved a letter rebuking Scott and asking the Department of Transportation to continue funding. On March 1, 2011, two Florida state senators filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court to compel Scott to accept the rail funds on the grounds that he lacked constitutional authority to reject funds that had been approved by a prior legislature.[151] On March 4, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Scott's rejection of the rail funds did not violate the Constitution of Florida.[152]

In March 2011, Scott moved to have the Florida Department of Transportation amend its work plan to include $77 million for dredging PortMiami to a depth of 50 feet. Once the port is dredged, Panamax-sized vessels coming through the expanded Panama Canal could load and unload cargo there.[153]

In 2018, Scott reversed course and supported a high-speed rail project between Tampa and Orlando when the company All Aboard Florida sought to get taxpayer-backed funding from state and federal governments.[154] He argued that new budget surpluses following the recession could help fund the project.[154] Scott and his wife had invested at least $3 million in the parent company of All Aboard Florida, which had made donations to Scott's political campaigns.[154]

Voting rights

Scott frequently sought to implement voter IDs as governor, with numerous courts ruling against him in voting rights cases.[155][156][157] He signed into law bills that created barriers to registering new voters, limited early voting, ended early voting on the Sunday before Election Day (known as "souls to the polls" in African-American churches), and restricted the ability of ex-felons to restore their voting rights. In 2012, Scott attempted to purge non-citizens from voter rolls just before the election; a court stopped him from doing so, and it was revealed that legitimate voters were on the voter rolls. The Tampa Bay Times noted that under Scott's tenure, Florida had the longest voting lines of any state in the 2012 election.[155] After harsh criticism, he expanded early voting hours, and allowed early voting on the Sunday before Election Day.[155]

In 2016, Scott refused to extend registration deadlines after ordering evacuations due to Hurricane Matthew; courts ultimately extended the deadline. He signed legislation into law that rejected mail ballots where signatures on the ballot envelope did not match signatures in files; in 2016 a court struck down the law.[155] In 2014, Scott blocked a request by the city of Gainesville to use a facility at the University of Florida as a site for early voting.[155] In July 2018, a judge ruled against Scott's prohibition of early voting on campus, saying the ban showed a "stark pattern of discrimination."[156][157] In 2013, Scott ordered Pinellas County to close down sites where voters could submit mail ballots. In 2012, a court ruled that Scott could not place heavy fines on groups that registered voters but failed to submit the registrations within 48 hours.[155]

Scott rolled back automatic restoration of rights for nonviolent crimes, giving former felons a five- to six-year waiting period before they can apply for a restoration of voting rights.[158] Of the approximately 30,000 applications from former felons to have their voting rights restored during his tenure, Scott approved approximately 3,000.[158] A 2018 investigation by the Palm Beach Post found that during his governorship, Scott restored the voting rights of three times as many white men as black men, and that blacks accounted only for 27% of those granted voting rights despite blacks being 43% of those released from state prisons in the past 20 years.[159] The percentage of blacks among those whose voting rights were restored was the lowest in more than 50 years, and Scott restored a higher share of Republican voting rights than Democrat voting rights than in almost 50 years.[159] A clemency board set up by Scott held hearings on applications, but there were no standards on how to judge the worthiness of individual applications. In March 2017, seven former felons filed a class action lawsuit arguing that the clemency board's decisions were inconsistent, vague and political.[158]

In February 2018, a U.S. District Court described Scott's process as arbitrary and unconstitutional, and ruled that he had to create a new process to restore felons' voting rights.[155][158] The ruling said that Scott and his clemency board had "unfettered discretion" to deny voting rights "for any reason," and that "to vote again, disenfranchised citizens must kowtow before a panel of high-level government officials over which Florida's governor has absolute veto authority. No standards guide the panel. Its members alone must be satisfied that these citizens deserve restoration."[158]The Brennan Center for Justice described the clemency rules issued by Scott in 2011 as among the most restrictive in the country.[160]

U.S. Senate

Elections

2018

Main article: 2018 United States Senate election in Florida

After months of speculation about a potential run, Scott officially announced on April 9, 2018, that he would challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson in the 2018 election.[161][162]

Scott defeated Rocky De La Fuente in the Republican primary.[163][164] In the general election, Scott's involvement in a large Medicare fraud case stirred controversy.[8][165] Scott responded with ads accusing Nelson of having cut Medicare benefits and stolen from Medicare; fact-checkers found that both of Scott's assertions were false.[166][165] During the campaign, Scott called Nelson a "socialist", an assertion PolitiFact described as "pants-on-fire" false.[167] During the campaign, Scott sought to avoid mentioning Trump and at times criticized or distanced himself from actions of the Trump administration, whereas in the past he had used his friendship with Trump to boost his profile and had been an early and vocal supporter of Trump in 2016.[87] Trump endorsed Scott for Senate.[88]

The initial election results showed Scott leading Nelson by 12,562 votes, or 0.15% of the vote. Under Florida law, a manual recount is triggered if election results show a margin of less than 0.5% of the vote.[168] Both candidates filed lawsuits in connection with the recount. After the recount, Florida elections officials announced on November 18, 2018, that Scott had prevailed. Scott received 50.05% of the vote to Nelson's 49.93%; the margin of victory was 10,033 votes out of 8.19 million votes cast. Nelson then conceded.[169] It was the most expensive Senate race in the nation in 2018.[170] After the race, Scott's Super PAC, New Republican PAC, received criticism from across the political spectrum for its aggressive practices and was the subject of several FEC complaints for multiple violations of federal election law;[171][172][173] the Super PAC's finances are chaired by hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin, who personally donated at least $10 million to the PAC.[174][175][176]

Tenure

The Senate term for the 116th Congress began on January 3, 2019, but Scott's term as governor ended on January 8. On December 4, 2018, Scott's office announced that he would finish his term as governor and not resign early.[5] Scott attended the ceremonial swearing-in of his successor as governor, Ron DeSantis, on the morning of January 8, 2019, in front of Florida's historic Old Capitol.[177] Scott left the ceremony early to fly to Washington, D.C., and was sworn in to the Senate by Vice PresidentMike Pence later that afternoon.[178][5][179]

In January 2019, Scott encouraged Trump to declare a national emergency to build a border wall if Congress would not give him the funds to do so.[180] In February 2019, when Trump declared a national emergency, Scott applauded the decision.[181]

In April 2019, amid calls for an American military intervention in Venezuela, Scott said that the Maduro regime was perpetrating a "genocide" and that the U.S. was "not aggressive enough" about the situation. Fact-checkers and experts described Scott's assertion of a genocide as false and misguided.[182][183] Scott called on the U.S. to position its military assets to be prepared to respond to events in Venezuela.[184]

In May 2020, Scott voted for an amendment co-sponsored by Senators Steve Daines and Ron Wyden that would have required federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain federal court warrants when collecting web search engine data from American citizens, nationals, or residents under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).[185][186]

After Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020, Scott sided with Senator Mitch McConnell and called on her replacement to be voted on before that year's presidential election.[187]

After Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election while making false claims of fraud, Scott voted to object to seating the electors from Pennsylvania but voted against the other objection raised for seating the electors from Arizona. Both objections were rejected by the Senate 92-7 and 93-6 respectively.[188][189][190] In April 2021, Scott ran unopposed for the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and was formally selected on November 10, 2020, succeeding Senator Todd Young.[191]

In 2021, Scott voted against the American Rescue Plan Act, and called upon Florida and other states to reject federal assistance from the package.[192]

On May 28, 2021, Scott voted against creating an independent commission to investigate the 2021 United States Capitol attack.[193]

Committee assignments

Scott serves on the following committees:[194]

Caucus

Net worth and investments

Scott's net worth was estimated at US$219 million in 2010, $84 million in 2012, and $133 million in 2013.[195][196] On July 1, 2015, it was reported that Scott's net worth had grown to $147 million,[197] $149 million on December 31, 2016,[198] and $232 million on December 31, 2017.[199] As of August 2018, his net worth is estimated at $255 million.[200]

Creation of "blind trust"

Early in his gubernatorial tenure, Scott said he created a blind trust for his holdings to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. In October 2018, The New York Times reported that the blind trust in question was blind in name only, and that there were various ways in which Scott could know what his precise holdings were. The holdings in question included investments in companies and funds that Scott could have had an impact on through his administration's policies.[201] The trust in question was managed by one of Scott's former personal assistants from before he became governor.[202]

In February 2019, Scott announced that he would no longer keep his holdings in a blind trust.[203]

Controversial investments

In 2017, Scott and his wife held stocks in firms that did business with the Maduro regime in Venezuela and a shipping firm with close ties to the Putin regime in Russia.[204][205][206] Scott had been a harsh critic of the Maduro regime and chastised companies that invested in Venezuela, saying, "Any organization that does business with the Maduro regime cannot do business with the state of Florida."[206] By 2018, Scott and his wife no longer held stocks in the firms with links to the Maduro and Putin regimes.[204]

In a July 2018 financial disclosure statement, Scott and his wife reported earnings of at least $2.9 million in hedge funds registered in the Cayman Islands, a well-known tax haven. The financial statement said that the assets were held in a blind trust and a 2018 campaign spokesperson said Scott did not have a role in selecting particular investments.[204]

Scott and his wife invested at least $3 million in the parent company of All Aboard Florida, a rail investment company that proposed to build high-speed rail between Orlando and Tampa.[154][207] In 2018, Scott supported the efforts of the company to build the rail and get taxpayer-financing.[154] He had previously, early in his tenure as governor, rejected $2.3 billion in federal funding to develop high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando.[154] Scott stated the original project was fiscally irresponsible given the recession, and he supported a public-private partnership approach when the state's finances were in order.[154]

Scott was an investor in the firm Conduent Inc., which was awarded a $287 million Florida contract in 2015 to manage SunPass, the toll program in the state of Florida. Due to glitches in SunPass, motorists were charged bank fees and overdraft charges, and the Florida Department of Transportation was criticized for failing to take action. Scott, a Conduent investor, defended the department's handling of the SunPass controversy.[202]

Personal life

Scott's wife, Ann Holland

On April 20, 1972, Scott, then aged 19, married his high school sweetheart, Frances Annette Holland (born February 11, 1952), who was 20 years old. The couple has two daughters and six grandsons.[13] They live in Naples, Florida, and are founding members of Naples Community Church.[208]

On November 20, 2020, Scott announced he tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms.[209]

Electoral history

Party Candidate Votes %
RepublicanRick Scott / Jennifer Carroll2,619,335 48.87% -3.31%
DemocraticAlex Sink / Rod Smith2,557,785 47.72% +2.62%
IndependencePeter Allen 123,831 2.31% N/A
IndependentC. C. Reed 18,842 0.35% N/A
IndependentMichael E. Arth 18,644 0.35% N/A
IndependentDaniel Imperato 13,690 0.26% N/A
IndependentFarid Khavari 7,487 0.14% N/A
Write-in121 0.00% N/A
Plurality61,550 1.15% -5.92%
Total votes 5,359,735 100.0% N/A
Republicangain from Independent
Party Candidate Votes %
RepublicanRick Scott (Incumbent) 831,887 87.65%
RepublicanElizabeth Cuevas-Neunder 100,496 10.59%
RepublicanYinka Adeshina 16,761 1.77%
Total votes 949,144 100.0%
Party Candidate Votes %
RepublicanRick Scott / Carlos López-Cantera (incumbent)2,865,343 48.14% -0.73%
DemocraticCharlie Crist / Annette Taddeo2,801,198 47.07% -0.65%
LibertarianAdrian Wyllie / Greg Roe 223,356 3.75% N/A
IndependentGlenn Burkett / Jose Augusto Matos 41,341 0.70% N/A
IndependentFarid Khavari / Lateresa A. Jones 20,186 0.34% +0.20%
Write-in137 0.00% 0.00%
Total votes 5,951,571 100.0% N/A
Republicanhold

Awards and honors

Notes

  1. ^Because Ron DeSantis and Jeannette Núñez took their oaths of office ahead of time, they became governor and lieutenant governor at midnight on January 8, rather than waiting for the inaugural ceremony. Thus, Scott's and Lopez-Cantera's terms ended at the end of January 7.[1]

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Rick Scott (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Florida. He assumed office on January 3, 2019. His current term ends on January 3, 2025.

Scott (Republican Party) ran for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Florida. He won in the general election on November 6, 2018.

In the 2018 election, Scott defeated incumbent Bill Nelson (D) by about 0.2 percentage points. Nelson had served in the Senate since 2000.

Before his election to the Senate, Scott served as governor of Florida from 2011 to 2019. In 2010, Scott defeated Alex Sink (D) by 1.2 percentage points after winning a competitive Republican primary against Attorney General Bill McCollum by about 3 percentage points.[1] In 2014, Scott was re-elected by 1 percentage point over former Gov. Charlie Crist, who switched to the Democratic Party even though he had been a Republican while in office.

Scott's notable actions during his governorship included responding to natural disasters such as Hurricanes Irma and Michael, signing legislation in the aftermath of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that, among other things, restricted young persons' access to firearms, and supporting the expansion of charter schools in Florida.[2][3][4]

Prior to serving in public office, Scott co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation and later merged it with Hospital Corporation of America to form Columbia/HCA.[5] Scott resigned from Columbia/HCA as part of a settlement in a federal fraud investigation and later started an investment company.[6]

On November 10, 2020, Senate Republicans selected Scott to lead the National Republican Senatorial Committee for the 2022 campaign cycle.[7]

Biography

Scott was born in Bloomington, Illinois. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. After high school, Scott spent one year in community college before joining the U.S. Navy.[8]

He served for over two years, with much of that time spent aboard the U.S.S. Glover as a radar technician. Upon leaving the Navy, Scott attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City and went on to law school at Southern Methodist University. He began his business career while in college, purchasing two doughnut shops. After law school he joined Johnson & Swanson in Dallas, Texas; at the time, the firm was the largest in the city.[8]

While a partner at Johnson & Swanson in 1987, Scott formed HCA Acquisition Company specifically to acquire Hospital Corporation of America and secured funding conditional on completing the acquisition. The initial offer was declined by HCA and ultimately withdrawn.[8]

The next year, he formed Columbia Hospital Corporation and acquired several Dallas area hospitals. Beginning in 1992, Scott and his partners bought one hospital per year for four years, including Hospital Corporation of America. By 1997, Columbia/HCA was the largest healthcare provider in the world, with annual revenues exceeding $23 billion.[8]

While Scott was CEO of Columbia/HCA, a federal investigation was launched, and the company ultimately paid $1.7 billion in fines. As part of the settlement, Scott resigned from the company in 1997. He said that he was unaware of the fraud and that he was never indicted or questioned in the case.[9][6] Scott then moved to Naples, Florida, and founded Richard L. Scott Investments. Starting in 1998, the firm acquired numerous companies.

Education

  • Southern Methodist University, J.D.
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2021-2022

Scott was assigned to the following committees:[Source]

  • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
  • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight
  • Committee on Aging (Special)
  • Senate Committee on Armed Services
  • Airland
  • Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Seapower
  • Senate Committee on Budget
  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Communications, Media, and Broadband
  • Space and Science
  • Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Ports
  • Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion, Ranking Member

2019-2020

Scott was assigned to the following committees:[Source]

Political career

U.S. Senator from Florida (2019-present)

Scott is a member of the U.S. Senate from Florida. He defeated incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in the election on November 6, 2018.

Governor of Florida (2011-2019)

Scott was elected Governor of Florida in 2010 on a ticket with Jennifer Carroll and took office the following January. He was re-elected in 2014 and began his second term on January 6, 2015. He served until 2019.

Key votes

See also: Key votes

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Key votes: 116th Congress, 2019-2020

Elections

2018

See also: United States Senate election in Florida, 2018
See also: United States Senate election in Florida (August 28, 2018 Republican primary)

General election

Democratic primary election

Republican primary election

Withdrawn or disqualified candidates

2014

See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2014

Scott ran for re-election in 2014.[10][11][12] Scott secured the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. Scott ran on the GOP ticket with Florida Lt. Gov.Carlos Lopez-Cantera in the general election. They defeated the Democratic ticket of Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, the Libertarian ticket of Adrian Wyllie and Greg Roe, and seven other unaffiliated and write-in tickets to win the general election on November 4, 2014.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Florida, 2014
PartyCandidateVote %Votes
    Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Scott/Carlos Lopez-CanteraIncumbent48.1%2,865,343
    Democratic Charlie Crist/Annette Taddeo-Goldstein47.1%2,801,198
    Libertarian Adrian Wyllie/Greg Roe3.8%223,356
    No Party Affiliation Glenn Burkett/Jose Augusto Matos0.7%41,341
    No Party Affiliation Farid Khavari/Lateresa Jones0.3%20,186
    Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0%137
Total Votes5,951,561
Election results via Florida Division of Elections

2010

See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Scott won election as Governor of Florida in 2010. He defeated Bill McCollum and Mike McAllister in the August 24 primary, winning with 46.4 percent of the vote. Scott faced DemocratAlex Sink in the general election on November 2, 2010, winning by just over 1 percent.[13]

Florida Gubernatorial/Lt. Gubernatorial General Election, 2010
PartyCandidateVote %Votes
    Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Scott/Jennifer Carroll48.9%2,619,335
    Democratic Alex Sink/Rod Smith 47.7%2,557,785
    Independent Peter L. Allen/John E. Zanni 2.3%123,831
    No Party Affiliation C.C. Reed/Larry Waldo, Sr. 0.4%18,842
    No Party Affiliation Michael E. Arth/Al Krulick 0.3%18,644
    No Party Affiliation Daniel Imperato/Karl Behm 0.3%13,690
    No Party Affiliation Farid Khavari/Darcy G. Richardson 0.1%7,487
    Write-in Josue Larouse/Valencia St. Louis 0%121
Total Votes5,359,735
Election results via Florida Department of State

Campaign themes

2018

Campaign website

Scott’s campaign website stated the following:

Governor Rick Scott’s “Make Washington Work” Plan is aimed squarely at reforming the dysfunctional and tired ways of thinking in Washington in order to make it actually work for families across the nation – not just for career politicians in D.C.

Read the entire Make Washington Work Plan Here.

Term Limits

Career politicians are never going to change Washington, which is why Governor Scott is proposing to implement term limits for all members of Congress. Implementing term limits will help ensure elected officials work for Americans, not for themselves.

Supermajority Vote To Approve Any Tax Or Fee Increase

Just like Governor Scott championed this year in Florida, he will work to require a supermajority vote of two-thirds of each house of Congress to approve any tax or fee increase before it can become law. This proposal helps ensure Congress rightfully treats tax and fee increases as an absolute last resort, not as a knee-jerk reaction to fund government waste.

Line Item Veto

Just like in Florida, a line item veto gives more oversight to the budget process and helps ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and with the best return on investment. Governor Scott has saved Floridians nearly $2.4 billion by using his line item veto authority to eliminate more than 1,800 pet projects from state budgets over the past seven and a half years.

No Budget, No Pay

Governor Scott will work to require Congress to pass an annual budget and meet appropriations bill deadlines, or they will be required to forgo their own salaries until the job is done – no budget, no pay. If Florida business owners failed to budget or do their jobs, they would be forced to shut their doors and families would be out of work. It’s not fair that we do not hold government to the same standards we hold ourselves. To further protect tax payer dollars, if Congress does not pass its spending bills on time, an automatic spending freeze should be implemented.

Full-Time Salary For Full-Time Work

The gridlocks we see every day in Washington show that Congress clearly doesn’t give themselves enough time to get anything done. As a result, Congress often fails to secure results for the Americans they serve, and frequently rushes to complete its most basic legislative work, even by voting on bills without reading them. Governor Scott will work to require Congress to put in full-time work for a full-time salary, just like hard working Americans across the country.

End Government Waste

Taxpayers deserve transparency and accountability when it comes to spending their hard-earned dollars. Eliminating the concept of omnibus bills, which can total thousands of pages and trillions of dollars in spending, is an important step to increase transparency and deliberation in Congress – and put our nation on the path to responsible spending.

Improve Transparency And Accountability

While Congress needs to stop the growth of federal spending, it also needs the best advice it can get in doing so. Unfortunately, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), Congress’ non-partisan scorekeeper, does not always fulfill its duty to act in an open and transparent manner when analyzing legislation. Governor Scott’s proposal includes reforming the Congressional Budget Office to improve transparency and accountability.

Stop Congress Members From Cashing In As Lobbyists

Congress should not serve as a training ground for future lobbyists. Governor Scott will work to end the revolving door by proposing to ban former Members of Congress from lobbying outright – or at the very least, extending the “cooling off” period for Members of Congress to work as lobbyists to a minimum of 10 years.

End Congressional Pay Raises And Pensions

Congressional members should not have the ability to vote for their own pay raises – especially since every dollar is at the taxpayer’s expense. Governor Scott will work to require that salaries for Congressional members remain locked in from the day they are elected until the day their term ends. Furthermore, serving in Congress should not be a career – and Governor Scott will work to ensure taxpayers no longer have to foot the pension bill for Members of Congress.

Stop Unfair Big Government-Run Insurance Subsidies

Currently, members of Congress receive insurance subsidies that can total well into the five figures on top of their generous pay. This is unacceptable and Governor Scott will work to stop this unfair and unethical practice.[14]

—Scott for Florida[15]

Campaign ads

The following is an ad from Scott's 2018 election campaign.

"Results" - Scott campaign ad, released May 1, 2018

Issues

Stance on Syrian refugee resettlement

Main article: U.S. governors and their responses to Syrian refugees

Following the Paris terrorist attacks on November 13, 2015, in which members of the Islamic State (ISIS) killed at least 129 people and wounded more than 350, reports surfaced showing that one of the terrorists responsible for the attacks in Paris may have come to France posing as a Syrian refugee.[16] Many governors issued statements of support or opposition to President Obama’s plan to allow 10,000 new Syrian refugees into the United States. Scott opposed the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state of Florida. Scott urged Congress "to take immediate and aggressive action" to prevent President Barack Obama and his administration from using federal tax dollars to fund the relocation of 425 Syrian refugees to Florida.[17]

Response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge

See also: 2014 illegal immigration surge

In response to the 2014 illegal immigration surge, Scott wrote a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Health and Human Services secretary. Scott complained about the lack of a system of notification to communities in place for when immigrants were placed there with sponsors or relatives.[18]

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act

On February 20, 2013, Scott joined a group of Republican governors who agreed to support Medicaid expansion as outlined under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.[19] The federal healthcare bill was passed in March 2010, opposed by many Republican elected officials, including Scott, who participated in a legal effort to have the law overturned by the Supreme Court. The challenge was led by Scott's executive branch colleague, Florida Attorney GeneralPam Bondi. When the Court ultimately upheld Obamacare on June 28, 2012, Scott expressed his commitment to oppose optional provisions such as expanding Florida's Medicaid rolls. After the Obama administration announced that it would approve a plan to put 3.5 million Florida patients into managed care plans under a federal action waiver, Scott agreed to a three-year trial period for expansion, during which the federal government would absorb the costs of adding 1 million low-income Florida residents to the state's Medicaid rolls. "Three years is a reasonable period to judge just how well the expansion is working and to explore further reforms to improve cost, quality and access in health care -- both in the public and private markets."[20]

In Scott's appeal to the Republican-dominated Florida legislature to consent to a three-year trial expansion, he pointed to the estimated $26 billion in federal funding Florida could receive in the next 10 years under the expansion. He also cited the significant portion of uninsured Florida residents who stood to become eligible for Medicaid under the new requirements. Reversing his position on the expansion "is not a white flag of surrender to government-run health care," Scott stated.[20]

Job creation ranking

A June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals ranked 45 governors based on the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Scott was ranked number 12. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013.[21][22]

✓ Scott endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican primary in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.[23]

See also: Endorsements for Donald Trump

Possible 2016 Republican vice presidential candidate

See also: Possible vice presidential picks, 2016

Scott was mentioned in 2016 as a possible Republican vice presidential candidate.Click here for the full list of those who were floated by politicians and news outlets as possible running mates.

Campaign donors


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YearOfficeResultContributions
2018U.S. Senate Florida ✔$83,743,095
2014Governor of Florida ✔$16,946,353
2012Governor of Florida$0
2010Governor of Florida ✔$67,488,953
Grand total raised$168,178,401

Source: Follow the Money

2018

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$1,243,969.79
General Business$849,677.00
Energy & Natural Resources$471,585.00
Lawyers & Lobbyists$419,106.16
Construction$390,483.00
Total Raised in 2018$83,743,094.52
Source: Follow the Money
SCOTT, RICHARD L (RICK)$63,569,754.80
JOHNSON, MR. WILLIAM R.$16,200.00
KIRTLEY, MR JOHN$13,500.00
GOODNIGHT, JAMES H$10,800.00
BOOK, RONALD LEE$10,800.00
Total Raised in 2018$83,743,094.52
Source: Follow the Money


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. See the table below for more information about the campaign donors who supported Rick Scott & Jennifer Carroll.[24] Click [show] for more information.

Rick Scott & Jennifer Carroll Campaign Contributions
2014
Florida Governor/Lieutenant Governor
2010
Florida Governor/Lieutenant Governor
Total raised$16,946,353$67,488,953
Total raised by opponents$15,507,757 (Democratic)$17,643,249 (Dem.)
$60,519 (No Party Affiliation)
$29,724 (Unaffiliated)
$14,562 (Ind.)
Top 5 contributorsFlorida Republican Party$6,349,722Richard L. Scott$60,323,551
Consulate Health Care$60,000Florida Republican Party$5,237,887
Walt Disney$39,000Charlotte County Republican Executive Committee$3,000
AT&T$18,000Florida Institute of CPAs$2,500
Southern Gardens Citrus Nursery$12,000Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida$1,500
Individuals$6,081,223$1,148,277
Institutions$10,865,130$703,426
In-state donations$15,651,386$67,118,827
Out-of-state donations$1,269,886 ($25,081 unknown)$298,644

Noteworthy events

Electoral vote certification on January 6-7, 2021

See also: Counting of electoral votes (January 6-7, 2021)

Congress convened a joint session on January 6-7, 2021, to count electoral votes by state and confirm the results of the 2020 presidential election. Scott voted against certifying the electoral votes from Pennsylvania. The Senate rejected the objection by a vote of 7-92.

November 29, 2017: In a campaign video, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King characterized Florida as being "at the back of the pack" in major economic indicators, but Gov. Rick Scott and members of his administration said the state has flourished under his tenure.
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Tested positive for coronavirus on November 20, 2020

See also: Government official, politician, and candidate deaths, diagnoses, and quarantines due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020-2021

On November 20, Scott announced he tested positive for COVID-19.[25] Scott announced a self-quarantine on March 12, 2020, following potential contact with a Brazilian delegation member who tested positive for coronavirus.[26]


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Reassignment of death penalty cases from Prosecutor Aramis Ayala

During a March 16, 2017, news conference, 9th Circuit Court Prosecutor Aramis Ayala announced that she would not seek the death penalty in any cases she was responsible for prosecuting during her time in office, citing the costliness of death penalty proceedings and arguing that there was no evidence that capital punishment decreases crime rates. Ayala made the announcement while she was in the midst of prosecuting the high-profile case of Markeith Loyd, who was accused of murdering his pregnant ex-girlfriend and a police officer. Gov. Scott criticized Ayala's announcement, saying, "I completely disagree with State Attorney Ayala's decision and comments and I am asking her to recuse herself immediately from this case. She has made it abundantly clear that she will not fight for justice for Lt. Debra Clayton and our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day."[27] Scott removed Ayala from the case the day of the announcement and appointed a special prosecutor. On March 20, Ayala asked Judge Frederick J. Lauten to temporarily halt the Loyd case while she considered her legal options, arguing that allowing Scott to remove her from the case "would be unprecedented and could undermine the entire justice system in Florida."[28] The case drew commentary from the NAACP, the National Bar Association, and the Florida Legislative Black Caucus, who asked Scott to return the case to Ayala, as well as from a group of Republican state legislators who asked Scott to remove Ayala from office.[29][30]

On April 3, Gov. Scott issued a series of executive orders to reassign an additional 21 first-degree murder cases from Ayala, saying that "State Attorney Ayala's complete refusal to consider capital punishment for the entirety of her term sends an unacceptable message that she is not interested in considering every available option in the fight for justice. In the interest of justice, I am using my executive authority today to reassign these cases to State Attorney Brad King."[31] On April 11, Ayala filed a lawsuit in federal court against Gov. Scott and State Attorney Brad King as well as a separate legal challenge in front of the Florida Supreme Court asking for a ruling on whether Scott had the authority to reassign the cases.[32] On June 6, the Florida Supreme Court announced that it would hear the case.[33] Oral arguments were heard on June 28, with Scott asserting that he had the authority to reassign criminal cases in the interests of justice and Ayala citing previous statements of Scott's that Florida state attorneys "answer to the voters of their individual jurisdictions."[34]

On August 31, 2017, the court ruled in favor of Scott, finding that the governor did have the authority to reassign cases from Ayala. The 5-2 decision cited Ayala's policy of not considering capital punishment as an option and noted that Scott did not require Brad King to pursue capital punishment when he reassigned the cases. In response to the ruling, Ayala announced that she would establish a panel of seven attorneys to aid her in reviewing cases that could be eligible for capital punishment, and she added that in the future she would pursue capital punishment where the panel deemed it appropriate.[35] On September 1, 2017, Ayala announced the names of the seven attorneys who would serve on the panel, following the announcement with a September 7 motion to dismiss her federal lawsuit against Scott. Ayala's attorney stated that she did not intend to bring further litigation against Scott as long as she was not reassigned from death penalty cases in the future.[36]

Personal

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Scott and his wife, Ann, have three children and live in Naples, Florida. He and Ann were married in 1972; the two met in high school.[8]

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    1. Orlando Sentinel, "Rick Scott beats Bill McCollum to end nasty GOP governor's primary fight," August 25, 2010
    2. New York Times, "A Hurricane’s Coming, but Fear Not, the Governor Is Here. And Here. And Here," October 9, 2018
    3. Sun Sentinel, "Florida House sends Stoneman Douglas gun and school bill to Gov. Scott," March 7, 2018
    4. Miami Herald, "Governor signs controversial schools bill into law," June 15, 2017
    5. CNN Money, "Bringing HCA Back to Life After years of scandal, the hospital chain is healthy again--and might just be a buy," February 9, 2004
    6. 6.06.1Miami Herald, "Columbia/HCA legacy follows Rick Scott to governor’s mansion," October 20, 2014
    7. Roll Call, "Senate GOP picks Florida’s Rick Scott as NRSC chairman," November 10, 2020
    8. 8.08.18.28.38.4Florida Governor's office, "Meet Governor Scott," accessed September 13, 2012
    9. Politifact Florida, "Rick Scott and the fraud case of Columbia/HCA," June 11, 2010
    10. Bay News, "A year away, Gov. Scott, Dems prep for next governor's race," July 16, 2012
    11. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?" December 11, 2012
    12. Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings," May 16, 2014
    13. Florida Division of Elections, "Governor and Lieutenant Governor: General Election," accessed November 8, 2010, November 29, 2010, and December 21, 2010
    14. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributable to the original source.
    15. Scott for Florida, "Make Washington Work," accessed September 12, 2018
    16. Washington Post, "Were Syrian refugees involved in the Paris attacks? What we know and don’t know," November 17, 2015
    17. Tallahassee Democrat, "Scott says no to Syrian refugees," November 16, 2015
    18. Washington Post, "At least 32 governors have weighed in on the border crisis. Here’s what each has said," July 23, 2014
    19. The New York Times, "In Reversal, Florida to Take Health Law’s Medicaid Expansion," February 20, 2013
    20. 20.020.1Governing, "Florida GOP Gov. Scott Endorses Medicaid Expansion," February 21, 2013
    21. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
    22. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
    23. NBC News, "Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump for President," accessed March 3, 2016
    24. Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed May 7, 2021
    25. The Hill, "Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus," November 20, 2020
    26. NBC-2, "Senator Rick Scott self-quarantining following contact with Brazilian delegation," March 12, 2020
    27. WESH 2, "State Attorney Aramis Ayala won't seek death penalty while in office," March 16, 2017
    28. Orlando Sentinel, "Aramis Ayala: I may fight to stay on the Markeith Loyd murder cases," March 20, 2017
    29. Orlando Weekly, "Black lawmakers demand governor leave Aramis Ayala on Markeith Loyd case," March 24, 2017
    30. FOX 35 Orlando, "NAACP stands behind State Attorney Aramis Ayala," March 25, 2017
    31. WESH 2, "State Attorney Aramis Ayala removed from 21 first-degree murder cases," April 3, 2017
    32. Orlando Sentinel, "State Attorney Ayala files lawsuit against Gov. Scott in death penalty cases," April 11, 2017
    33. Florida Politics, "Supreme Court sets oral arguments in Aramis Ayala-Rick Scott case," June 6, 2017
    34. Tampa Bay Times, "Fight between Rick Scott and Aramis Ayala heads to high court," June 28, 2017
    35. U.S. News, "Anti-Death Penalty Prosecutor Loses Fight With Governor," August 31, 2017
    36. Orlando Sentinel, "State Attorney Aramis Ayala dismisses lawsuit against Florida governor," September 26, 2017
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    Rick Scott Biography

    Rick Scott is a famous Politician, who was born on December 1, 1952 in United States. Republican politician who became the forty-fifth Governor of Florida in 2011 on a platform of fiscal discipline. He was formerly the Chief Executive of Columbia/HCA, a company which admitted to fourteen felonies involving their medicare billing practices and agreed to pay the federal government over $600 million. According to Astrologers, Rick Scott's zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

    Rick Scott was born Richard Lynn Myers in Bloomington, Illinois, on December 1, 1952. Scott never met his biological father, Gordon William Myers, who was described by Scott’s mother, Esther J. Scott (née Fry; October 20, 1928 – November 13, 2012), as an abusive alcoholic. Scott’s parents divorced in his infancy.

    He and his wife Ann started a local community church in their hometown of Naples.

    Richard Lynn Scott (né Myers, December 1, 1952) is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Florida since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as the 45th governor of Florida from 2011 to 2019.

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    In 1954, Esther married Orba George Scott Jr. (died 2006), a truck driver. Orba adopted young Rick, who took his stepfather’s surname and became known as Richard Lynn Scott. Scott was raised in North Kansas City, Missouri, the second of five children. His family was lower-middle-class and struggled financially; Esther Scott worked as a clerk at J. C. Penney, among other jobs.

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    He was a partner in the largest law firm in Dallas, Texas after graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

    In 1954, Esther married Orba George Scott Jr. (died 2006), a truck driver. Orba adopted young Rick, who took his stepfather’s surname and became known as Richard Lynn Scott. Scott was raised in North Kansas City, Missouri, the second of five children. His family was lower-middle-class and struggled financially; Esther Scott worked as a clerk at J. C. Penney, among other jobs.

    Scott graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1970. He then attended one year of community college and enlisted in the United States Navy, also in 1970. Scott was in the US Navy for 29 months and served on the USS Glover (FF-1098) as a radar technician.

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    He rejected federal funds for high speed rail in his state and also tried to require drug screening for all welfare recepients.

    On April 20, 1972, Scott, then aged 19, married his high school sweetheart, Frances Annette Holland (born February 11, 1952), who was 20 years old. The couple has two daughters and six grandsons. The Scotts live in Naples, Florida and are founding members of Naples Community Church.

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    In April 1987, Scott made his first attempt to buy the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). While still a partner at Johnson & Swanson, Scott formed the HCA Acquisition Company with two former executives of Republic Health Corporation, Charles Miller and Richard Ragsdale. With financing from Citicorp conditional on acquisition of HCA, the proposed holding company offered $3.85 billion for 80 million shares at $47 each, intending to assume an additional $1.2 billion in debt, for a total $5 billion deal. However, HCA declined the offer, and the bid was withdrawn.

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    Ranked on the list of most popular Politician. Also ranked in the elit list of famous celebrity born in United States. Rick Scott celebrates birthday on December 1 of every year.

    During Hurricane Irma, he led Florida through the largest mass evacuation in U.S. history. Unemployment, taxpayer debt, and crime declined statewide during Scott’s tenure. He signed a repeal of Florida’s 1985 growth management laws, reduced funding for water management districts, reduced oversight at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and supported increased funding for Everglades restoration. Scott supported permanent tax cuts and “focused on job numbers rather than on running state agencies or making sweeping policy changes.”

    Scott is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Kansas City and of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. In 1987, after serving in the United States Navy and becoming a law firm partner, he co-founded Columbia Hospital Corporation. Columbia later merged with another corporation to form Columbia/HCA, which eventually became the largest private for-profit health care company in the United States. Scott was pressured to resign as chief executive of Columbia/HCA in 1997. During his tenure as chief executive, the company defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and other federal programs. The Department of Justice ultimately fined the company $1.7 billion in what was at the time the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history. Scott was not charged with a crime. Following his departure from Columbia/HCA, Scott became a venture capitalist and pursued other business interests.

    In 1988, Scott and Richard Rainwater, a financier from Fort Worth, each put up $125,000 in working capital in their new company, Columbia Hospital Corporation, and borrowed the remaining money needed to purchase two struggling hospitals in El Paso for $60 million. Then they acquired a neighboring hospital and shut it down. Within a year, the remaining two were doing much better. By the end of 1989, Columbia Hospital Corporation owned four hospitals with a total of 833 beds.

    In the 1990s, Scott was a partner of George W. Bush as co-owner of the Texas Rangers.

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