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|Governor of Florida|
|January 4, 2011 - Present|
|January 6, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|Predecessor||Charlie Crist (I)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|Bachelor's||University of Missouri-Kansas City|
|J.D.||Southern Methodist University|
|Date of birth||December 1, 1952|
|Place of birth||Bloomington, Illinois|
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.
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.
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 The initial offer was declined by HCA and ultimately withdrawn.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.
- Southern Methodist University, J.D.
- University of Missouri, Kansas City
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." 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."
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.
- See also: Florida gubernatorial election, 2014
Scott defeated Bill McCollum and Mike McAllister in the August 24 primary, winning with 46.41% of the vote.
|Florida Gubernatorial/Lt. Gubernatorial General Election, 2010|
|Republican||Rick 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|
|Election Results via Florida Department of State|
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|Rick Scott & Jennifer Carroll's Campaign Contributions|
Florida Governor/Lieutenant Governor
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$17,643,249 (Dem.)|
$60,519 (No Party Affiliation)
|Top 5 contributors||Richard L. Scott||$60,323,551|
|Florida Republican Party||$5,237,887|
|Charlotte County Republican Executive Committee||$3,000|
|Florida Institute of CPAs||$2,500|
|Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida||$1,500|
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.
- Social media:
- Biography at the National Governors Association
- Profile at Notable Names Database
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Rick Scott on Flickr
- Florida Governor's office, "Meet Governor Scott," accessed September 13, 2012
- The New York Times, "In Reversal, Florida to Take Health Law’s Medicaid Expansion," February 20, 2013
- Governing, "Florida GOP Gov. Scott Endorses Medicaid Expansion," February 21, 2013
- Bay News, "A year away, Gov. Scott, Dems prep for next governor's race," July 16, 2012
- Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
- Florida Division of Elections, "Governor and Lieutenant Governor: General Election", accessed November 8, 2010, November 29, 2010, and December 21, 2010
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
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