Rick Scott

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Rick Scott
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45th Governor of Florida
From: January 4,2011-Present
Predecessor Charlie Crist
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Scott
Religion Methodist

Richard Lynn "Rick" Scott (born December 1, 1952), is a businessman and the current governor of Florida. Before running for office, he founded both Columbia Health Care (which later merged with Hospital Corporation of America) and Solantic Corporation (a chain of urgent care facilities). He also started Conservatives for Patients' Rights to defend the idea of heathcare based on free market principles. [1]

Early life and education

Born in Bloomington, Illinois, Scott grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the son of a truck driver and a clerk with JC Penney. After his military service, he attended the Univeristy of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University.[2]

Military service

Scott enlisted in the United States Navy after a year at a community college. He served as radar man aboard the USS Glover.[3]

Private sector

Political career

2010 Election

After a vigorous campaign, Rick Scott defeated Bill McCollum 46% to 43% in the primary election.[4] From there, Rick Scott went on to defeat Alex Sink 48.87% to 47.72% in the general election.[5]

Political views

Public criticism

Personal life

Rick Scott is a Christian who helped found the Naples Community Church in 2006. [6] He married his high school sweetheart, Ann, around 1972. The couple has two daughters, Jordan and Allison. [7]