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 Christ (D)
Compensation
Base salary$130,273
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City
J.D.Southern Methodist University
Personal
BirthdayDecember 1, 1952
Place of birthBloomington, Illinois
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Scott (b. December 1, 1952) is the current Republican Governor of Florida. He won a narrow and closely watched contest with Florida's Democratic CFO, Alex Sink, in the 2010 election. Scott previously worked as a healthcare executive.[1]

Biography

Rick 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. Penny. After high school, Rick 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 doughut 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 The initial offer was declined by HCA and ultimately withdrawn.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 (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 a 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."[2] 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, led by Scott's executive branch colleague, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, to have the law overturned by the Supreme Court. 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."[3]

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.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2014

Scott announced he will seek re-election in 2014.[4] A report released by Governing in December 2012 named Scott as one of five governors considered vulnerable to losing re-election in 2014.[5]

2010

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

Scott 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%.[6]

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

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.[7] 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.

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Crist (D)
Governor of Florida
2011 - present
Succeeded by
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