Rick Scott

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Rick Scott
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Junior U.S. Senator from Florida
From: January 8, 2019 – present
Predecessor Bill Nelson
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
45th Governor of Florida
From: January 4, 2011 – January 7, 2019
Predecessor Charlie Crist
Successor Ron DeSantis
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Scott
Religion Methodist
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Service Years 1971 – 1974
Rank Petty officer third class
Unit USS Glover
Battles/wars Vietnam War

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.[1]

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.

As the new NRSC chair in January 2021, Scott announced that he would back RINO incumbents in the 2022 U.S. Senate elections against potential Trump-endorsed conservative candidates.[2]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Political career

2010 Election

After a vigorous campaign, Rick Scott defeated Bill McCollum 46% to 43% in the primary election.[3] From there, Rick Scott went on to defeat Alex Sink 48.87% to 47.72% in the general election.[4]

2014 election

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.[5] However, in February 2018, Scott caved to the gun control lobby and began advocating for additional gun control laws.[6] 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.[7]

Personal life

Rick Scott is a Christian who helped found the Naples Community Church in 2006.[8] He married his high school sweetheart, Ann, around 1972. The couple has two daughters, Jordan and Allison.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Meet Governor Scott (Note: link is outdated)
  2. Carney, Jourdain (January 21, 2021). NRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers. The Hill. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  3. Primary Results - Florida. The New York Times (2010-08-24). Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  4. Contest Details - Governor and Lieutenant Governor - General Election. Florida Department of State - Division of Elections (2010-11-02). Retrieved on 2010-11-27.
  5. Bowden, John (June 6, 2017). Florida governor signs strengthened 'stand your ground' bill into law. The Hill. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. Hawkins, Awr (February 23, 2018). Gov. Rick Scott Pushes Firearm Confiscation Orders, Opposes Arming Teachers for School Safety. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 23, 2018.
  7. Multiple references: See also:
  8. Biography from campaign website