|Junior U.S. Senator from Florida|
From: January 8, 2019 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|45th Governor of Florida|
From: January 4, 2011 – January 7, 2019
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Service Years|| 1971 – 1974|
|Rank|| Petty officer third class|
Richard Lynn “Rick” Scott, born December 1, 1952 (age 68), is the junior Senator from Florida, after successfully serving as its governor. 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.
Although appearing somewhat conservative in winning the Republican primary, general election, and in his first few months in office, as he began focusing on his desire to be reelected in 2014 he became increasingly liberal, even to the point of attempting to impose ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion on his State, and he caved to the gun control lobby by proposing more gun laws.
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 University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He received his law degree from Southern Methodist University.
Scott won re-election in 2014. As Florida Governors are term-limited to two, four-year terms, he announced his candidacy for the United States Senate, seeking to unseat Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson, which he successfully did in 2018 notwithstanding improved support for Democrats nationwide.
In June 2017, Scott signed an expanded "stand your ground" bill into law. However, in February 2018, Scott caved to the gun control lobby and began advocating for additional gun control laws. On March 9, 2018, Scott fully caved by signing a bill that enacted several gun controls, including raising the minimum age of gun purchases from 18 to 21, allowing judges to confiscate firearms from people they consider a threat, and requiring a three-day waiting period for purchases.
- Meet Governor Scott (Note: link is outdated)
- Carney, Jourdain (January 21, 2021). NRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers. The Hill. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
- Primary Results - Florida. The New York Times (2010-08-24). Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
- Contest Details - Governor and Lieutenant Governor - General Election. Florida Department of State - Division of Elections (2010-11-02). Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
- Bowden, John (June 6, 2017). Florida governor signs strengthened 'stand your ground' bill into law. The Hill. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
- Hawkins, Awr (February 23, 2018). Gov. Rick Scott Pushes Firearm Confiscation Orders, Opposes Arming Teachers for School Safety. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
- Multiple references:
- Hawkins, Awr (March 9, 2018). Gov. Rick Scott Signs $400 Million Gun Control Bill: Includes Firearm Confiscation, Waiting Periods. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- McLaughlin, Seth (March 9, 2018). Florida Gov. Rick Scott signs school safety bill to tighten gun laws. The Washington Times. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Basu, Zachary (March 9, 2018). Florida tightens gun laws in defiance of NRA. Axios. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Klukowski, Ken (March 9, 2018). NRA Sues: New Florida Gun Control Law Violates Second Amendment. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Biography from campaign website