Rick Scott

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Rick Scott
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Governor of Florida
Incumbent
In office
January 4, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorCharlie Crist (I)
Compensation
Base salary$130,273
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$67,488,953
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
J.D.Southern Methodist University
Personal
BirthdayDecember 1, 1952
Place of birthBloomington, Illinois
ProfessionHealth care executive, lawyer
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Scott (b. December 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Illinois) is the current Republican Governor of Florida. He was first elected in 2010 on a joint ticket with former lieutenant governor Jennifer Carroll. Scott won a narrow and closely watched contest with Florida's Democratic CFO, Alex Sink, in the general election on November 2, 2010.[1] He was sworn into office on January 4, 2011 and his term will expire January 6, 2015.

Before becoming governor, Scott ran Solantic Corporation, a network of Florida urgent care centers, which he co-founded in 2001. From 1997 to 2001, he owned a controlling share in America's Health Network, a media company later known as Discovery Health. He headed Columbia Hospital Corporation, a conglomeration of 340 hospitals, from its founding in 1987 to 1997.[2]

Scott is eligible for re-election and is seeking a second term as governor in the 2014 elections.[3] He has repeatedly been rated as the most vulnerable incumbent heading into 2014 gubernatorial election cycle by The Washington Post and Governing.[4][5] One potential threat to Scott winning re-election is former governor and attorney general Charlie Crist. Although he has yet to declare, Crist's recent decision to change his party affiliation to Democrat and subsequent hobnobbing with the Democratic Governors Association strongly suggest he is preparing for a comeback bid.[6]

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Scott as the 20th most conservative governor in the country.[7]

Biography

Scott was born in Illinois, near Bloomington. He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri where his parents worked as a truck driver and a secretary for J.C. Penney. After high school, Scott spent one year in community college before deciding to join the U.S. Navy.[1]

He served for two and half years, much of that time spent abroad the U.S.S. Glover as a radar technician. Upon leaving the service, Scott attended the University of Missouri and went on to law school in SMU. He began his business career while in college, when he bought and revitalized two doughnut shops. After law school he joined Johnson & Swanson in Dallas, Texas; at the time, the firm was the largest in the city.[1]

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.

The next year, he formed Columbia Hospital Corporation and successfully acquired several Dallas area hospitals. Beginning in 1992, Scott and his partners bought a hospital a year for four years, including HCA, his former target. By 1997, Columbia/HCA was the largest healthcare provider on the glove, with annual revenues exceeding $23 billion.

But by then, an investigation begun by the New York Times had caught the eye of the federal government. The federal investigation uncovered evidence of fraud and the company ultimately paid $1.7 billion in fines. Scott's departure from the company was part of the arrangement to avoid criminal charges. Scott relocated to Naples, Florida and founded Richard L. Scott Investments. Starting in 1998, the firm acquired numerous targets.

Education

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

Political career

Governor of Florida (2011-Present)

Scott was elected Governor of Florida in 2010 on a ticket with Jennifer Carroll. His term ends January 6, 2015.

Issues

Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

On February 20, 2013, Scott joined the growing brood of reluctant Republican governors to declare his support for Medicaid expansion as outlined under the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare."[8] The controversial federal health care reform bill was passed in March 2010 to the dismay of many Republican elected officials, Scott included, whose disapproval crystallized into a legal effort to have the law overturned by the Supreme Court. The challenge was led by Scott's executive branch colleague, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. When the Court ultimately upheld Obamacare on June 28, 2012, Scott expressed his commitment to shun optional provisions such as expanding Florida's Medicaid rolls. But the prospect of having to put 3.5 million Florida patients into managed care plans under a federal action waiver convinced him to agree to a three year trial period for expansion, during which the federal government can 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."[9]

Scott's appeal to the Republican-dominated Florida legislature to consent to a three year trial expansion pointed to the estimated $26 billion federal dollars Florida could receive in the next 10 years under the expansion, as well as the compassion behind broadening eligibility requirements in order to provide care to a portion Florida's 4 million uninsured residents. Reversing his position on the expansion "is not a white flag of surrender to government-run health care," Scott insisted.[9]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Scott was ranked number 12. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[10][11]

Trey Radel arrested for cocaine possession
See also: Trey Radel#Controversy

Florida's 19th Congressional District Rep. Trey Radel (R) was arrested in the District of Columbia on October 29, 2013, for possession of cocaine. He was officially charged on November 19, 2013, in D.C. Superior Court with misdemeanor possession of cocaine.[12][13] On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, Radel plead guilty to possession of cocaine. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation.[12][14][15]

Scott called for Radel to resign on November 26, 2013. In a statement he said, "I agree with the party chairman. Look, Trey's going through some hard times. My prayers and my wife's prayers are with his family, but we have to hold all of our elected officials to the highest standard."[16]

On The Issues Vote Match

Rick Scott's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Scott is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Scott received a score of 28 percent on personal issues and 76 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

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On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated in June 23, 2014.[17]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2014

Scott is running for re-election in 2014.[18] Since December 2012, reports from Governing and the Cook Political Report have consistently rated the Florida governor's race as a "toss-up," meaning Scott is one of the most vulnerable governors up for re-election in 2014.[19][20] Scott is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014.

The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Crist vs. Scott

Governor of Florida Hypothetical Match-Up Poll
Poll Charlie Crist (D) Rick Scott* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Florida Poll
January 27-February 1, 2014
47%40%13%+/-31,006
University of North Florida
March 6-16, 2014
34%33%17%+/-4.35507
Sunshine State News/VSS
March 31-April 3, 2014
44%45%10%+/-3.46800
SurveyUSA Poll
April 10-24, 2014
46%41%6%+/-4.5502
Mason Dixon Poll
April 15-22, 2014
42%42%12%+/-3.8700
Rasmussen Reports Poll
April 21-22, 2014
45%39%10%+/-4750
Quinnipiac University
April 23-28, 2014
48%38%12%+/-2.61,413
News Channel 8/Survey USA Poll
April 30, 2014
44%41%8%+/-4.3-
Gravis Marketing
April 23-25, 2014
43%44%9%+/-3.0907
AVERAGES 43.67% 40.33% 10.78% +/-3.67 530.11
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Florida Hypothetical Match-Up Poll
Poll Charlie Crist (D) Rick Scott* (R)Don't Know/RefusedOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Florida Opinion Research
May 23–25, 2012
48.1%34.1%12.8%5.0%+/-3.46802
Quinnipiac University Poll
June 11-16, 2013
47%37%12%4%+/-2.91,176
Public Policy Poll
September 27-29, 2013
50%38%12%0%+/-4.1579
University of Florida Poll
September 30-October 8, 2013
44%40%14%2%+/-4.27526
Cherry Communication/Florida Chamber of Commerce Poll
October 4-8, 2013
46%41%13%0%+/-4.0618
Quinnipiac University Poll
November 12-17, 2013
47%40%14%8%+/-2.41,464
Saint Leo Polling Institute Poll of Likely voters
December 1-8, 2013
46%34%20%0%+/-5.0318
Fabrizio McLaughlin & Associates Poll (Internal, leaked)
November 24-26, 2013
49%45%6%0%+/-3.11,000
Public Policy Poll
January 16-21, 2014
43%41%15%0%+/-6.3591
Quinnipiac University Poll
January 22-27, 2014
50%34%12%4%+/-2.51,565
AVERAGES 47.01% 38.41% 13.08% 2.3% +/-3.8 863.9
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Rich vs. Scott

Governor of Florida Hypothetical Match-Up Poll
Poll Nan Rich (D) Rick Scott* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
(June 11-16, 2013)
36%42%18%+/-2.91,176
Public Policy Poll
(September 27-29, 2013)
36%37%27%+/-4.1579
University of Florida Poll
(September 30-October 8, 2013)
28%43%27%+/-4.27526
Cherry Communication/Florida Chamber of Commerce Poll
(October 4-8, 2013)
29%40%31%+/-4.0618
Quinnipiac University Poll
(November 12-17, 2013)
35%43%14%+/-2.41,646
Public Policy Poll
(January 16-21, 2014)
34%40%25%+/-6.3591
Quinnipiac University
(January 22-27, 2014)
37%41%19%+/-2.51,565
University of Florida
(January 27-February 1, 2014)
36%41%0%+/-3.01,006
Saint Leo University
(March 16-19, 2014)
32%40%28%+/-3.5401
Quinnipiac University
(April 23-28, 2014)
36%42%15%+/-2.61,413
AVERAGES 33.9% 40.9% 20.4% +/-3.56 952.1
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org


Campaign media


Navy - Posted to YouTube 4/16/14

Ran Away - Posted to YouTube 4/24/14

Grandpa - Posted to YouTube 5/16/14

Spanish-language campaign ads


Oportunidad, Scott's 1st Spanish-language campaign ad - Posted to YouTube 4/21/14

Nos Abandonó, Spanish-language version of Ran Away- Posted to YouTube 5/6/14
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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 46.41% of the vote.

Scott faced Democrat Alex Sink in the general election on November 2, 2010, winning by just over 1%.[21]

Florida Gubernatorial/Lt. Gubernatorial General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Scott/Jennifer Carroll 48.9% 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 C. Richardson 0.1% 7,487
     Write-in Josue Larouse/Valencia St. Louis 0% 121
Total Votes 5,359,735
Election Results Via: Florida Department of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Scott is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Scott raised a total of $67,488,953 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[22]

Rick Scott's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Florida Not up for election $0
2010 Governor of Florida Won $67,488,953
Grand Total Raised $67,488,953

2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Rick Scott & Jennifer Carroll's donors each year.[23] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Rick Scott, his wife Ann, and their three children live in Naples, Florida. He and Ann have been married since 1972; the two met in high school.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Florida Governor's office, "Meet Governor Scott," accessed September 13, 2012
  2. Office of the Governor of Florida, "Meet Governor Scott," accessed August 17, 2011
  3. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," March 4, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "The Fix's top 15 gubernatorial races," May 24, 2013
  5. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  6. The Daily Caller, "Charlie Crist briefly visits with Democratic Governors Association," January 9, 2013
  7. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  8. The New York Times, "In Reversal, Florida to Take Health Law’s Medicaid Expansion," February 20, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Governing, "Florida GOP Gov. Scott Endorses Medicaid Expansion," February 21, 2013
  10. The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
  11. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Politico, "Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession," accessed November 19, 2013
  13. Heavy.com, "BREAKING: Florida Rep. Trey Radel Charged With Cocaine Possession," accessed November 19, 2013
  14. Huffington Post, "Trey Radel Arrested In October For Possession Of Cocaine," accessed November 19, 2013
  15. Politico, "Trey Radel pleads guilty to cocaine possession," November 20, 2013
  16. USA Today, "Fla. Gov. Scott says Rep. Radel should resign," accessed November 27, 2013
  17. On The Issues, "Rick Scott Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  18. Bay News, "A year away, Gov. Scott, Dems prep for next governor's race," July 16, 2012
  19. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  20. Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings," May 16, 2014
  21. Florida Division of Elections, "Governor and Lieutenant Governor: General Election," accessed November 8, 2010, November 29, 2010, and December 21, 2010
  22. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Richard L. Scott and Jennifer Carroll, Jr.," accessed July 8, 2013
  23. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Crist (I)
Governor of Florida
2011 - present
Succeeded by
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