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Richard Lynn "Rick" Scott is an American politician and businessman presently serving as the 45th Governor of Florida

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BirthdayDecember 1, 1952
NationalityAmerican
FamousRepublicans, Southern Methodist University, Leaders, Political Leaders, 45th Governor of Florida
IdeologiesRepublicans
SpousesFrances Annette Holland (m. 1972)
Known asRichard Lynn 'Rick' Scott
Universities
  • Southern Methodist University
Notable Alumnis
  • Southern Methodist University
Birth PlaceBloomington, Illinois, United States
Political IdeologyRepublican
GenderMale
Net Worth$220 Million as of Jan 15,2017
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inBloomington, Illinois, United States
Famous as45th Governor of Florida

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Who is Rick Scott?

Richard Lynn "Rick" Scott is an American politician and businessman presently serving as the 45th Governor of Florida since January 2011. A member of Republican Party of Florida, he is serving as Governor for consecutive two terms as he was re-elected for a second term in 2014. He is a noted businessman who served the United States Navy before commencing a career in business and later in politics. He remained a partner in Johnson & Swanson, a law firm in Dallas. In the late 1980s he along with two partners set up ‘Columbia Hospital Corporation’ that in a couple of years merged with ‘Hospital Corporation of America’ to become ‘Columbia/HCA’, which with time emerged as the biggest company in America in the private for-profit health care sector. His success as an entrepreneur fetched him awards such as Silver Award for CEO of the Year from ‘Financial World’ magazine and ‘Second Century Award for Excellence in Health Care’ from Columbia University, School of Nursing, both in 1995. In June 1996, ‘Time Magazine’ mentioned Scott among the 25 Most Influential People of America. In the late 1990s, while ‘Columbia/HCA’ was shrouded in a controversy, Scott put down his papers as Chief Executive and later endeavoured as a venture capitalist. In 2010 he declared his intent to run in the gubernatorial election in Florida and beat Democrat Alex Sink in a narrow contest in the general election on November 2, 2010, to succeed Charlie Crist as the new Governor of Florida. He confronted Crist and others in the 2014 gubernatorial election for a second term.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on December 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Illinois as the second child among five children of a lower middle-class family. His parents divorced and later in 1954 his mother, Esther J. (née Fry), a clerk at J.C. Penney, married Orba Scott, Jr. who was in the 82nd Airborne during the ‘Second World War’ and post war became a city bus driver and later a truck driver. After Orba adopted him, Rick used Scott as his surname.

He attended ‘North Kansas City High School’ and completed graduation in 1970. He also attended one year in community college.

In 1970 he was enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for 29 months as a radar technician on the USS Glover (AGDE 1).

Post war he joined college on the ‘GI Bill’. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from University of Missouri–Kansas City and a law degree from ‘Dedman School of Law' of the ‘Southern Methodist University’.

While studying in college and law school he worked at a local grocery store and along with his wife Ann, he ventured into business by buying and reviving two doughnut shops in Kansas City and gave management responsibility of the shops to his mother.

On November 6, 1978, the Texas Bar gave him licence to practice law.

Career

He stayed back in Dallas, Texas and began working at ‘Johnson & Swanson’, the largest law firm in Dallas. There he mostly represented the health care companies as also industries like communication, oil and gas.

While practicing law in April 1987 he made an unsuccessful bid to purchase ‘Hospital Corporation of America’ (HCA).

In 1988 Scott and his wife put up their entire savings of $125,000 for ‘Columbia Hospital Corporation’ that Scott set up with two other business partners. Financier Richard Rainwater from Fort Worth also contributed $125,000 in the working capital of the company.

‘Columbia Hospital Corporation’ gradually started purchasing other hospitals and with time emerged as one of the largest health care companies worldwide with over 340 hospitals, 550 home health locations and 135 surgery centres. Meanwhile in 1989 it also merged with ‘Hospital Corporation of America’ to become ‘Columbia/HCA’.

However on March 19, 1997, ‘Columbia/HCA’ came under scrutiny of ‘Department of Health and Human Services’, ‘Internal Revenue Service’ and ‘FBI’ who issued search warrants at the El Paso facility of the company. Raids were conducted. In the middle of such fraud investigations, Scott was pressurised by Board of Directors of the company to resign as CEO and Chairman. He resigned that year.

Leaving Columbia/HCA in 1997, he embarked on a new career as venture capitalist floating Richard L. Scott Investments. It has stakes in companies related to manufacturing, technology and health care sectors.

From 1997 to 2003 he remained a member of the United Way of America’s National Board of Directors.

He also remained a partner of George W. Bush as co-owner of American professional baseball team ‘Texas Rangers’.

In 2001 he set up Solantic along with former TV anchor Karen Bowling. It is the largest operator of urgent care centres in Florida. By March 2009 Solantic had 23 centres in Florida.

He established ‘Conservatives for Patients' Rights’ (CPR) in February 2009 that supported free market principles of accountability, personal responsibility, choice and competition in health care. His objective was to restrict further interference of government on patients’ rights.

On April 9, 2010, he declared his candidature for the 2010 Republican Party nomination for gubernatorial election in Florida. In the Republican primary election he beat Bill McCollum with 47% of the vote.

He then confronted Democratic nominee Alex Sink in the general election and defeated Sink in a close contest thus becoming the 45th Governor of Florida. he spent around $75 million on campaigning from his own pocket. He assumed office as Governor of Florida on January 4, 2011.

As Governor Scott refused to take $2.3 billion in federal funding on February 16, 2011, for development of high-speed rail between Orlando and Tampa. A petition was filed by two senators on March 1, 2011, with the Florida Supreme Court to force Scott to accept the funds citing that he lacks constitutional authority to refuse funds approved by a previous legislature. However the court held that Scott did not violate the Constitution of Florida by refusing such funds.

He signed a bill in June 2011 that necessitated people looking for welfare under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to go for a drug screening and in case of failure in the test the applicant can recommend someone else to avail such benefits for their children.

Like many other Republican Governors, on February 20, 2013, he announced his advocacy for the Medicaid expansion.

He ran for a second term in the 2014 gubernatorial election in Florida and this time defeated former governor and Democratic nominee Charlie Crist on November 4, 2014, to assume office for a second term.

He staunchly opposed the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Florida after the terrorist attacks occurred in Paris on November 13, 2015.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Frances Annette Holland on April 20, 1972.

The couple is blessed with two daughters, Jordan and Allison and four grandsons, Eli, Sebastian, Quinton and Auguste.

The couple is also the founder-members of the Naples Community Church that was set up in 2006.

All through their lives, Scott and his wife have done several charitable and voluntary works to serve their community. While Scott served National Board of the United Way, together with his wife he worked with World Vision to establish a primary health care system in a poor region of Kenya called Bunyala.

The couple fund scholarship every year so that a low income student can attend SMU Law School. An entrepreneur contest at ‘George Washington University’ is also funded by them.

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Rick Scott biography timelines

  • // 1098 To 1970
    In 1970 he was enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for 29 months as a radar technician on the USS Glover (AGDE 1).
  • // 1st Dec 1952 To 1954
    He was born on December 1, 1952, in Bloomington, Illinois as the second child among five children of a lower middle-class family. His parents divorced and later in 1954 his mother, Esther J. (née Fry), a clerk at J.C. Penney, married Orba Scott, Jr. who was in the 82nd Airborne during the ‘Second World War’ and post war became a city bus driver and later a truck driver. After Orba adopted him, Rick used Scott as his surname.
  • // 1970
    He attended ‘North Kansas City High School’ and completed graduation in 1970. He also attended one year in community college.
  • // 20th Apr 1972
    He married Frances Annette Holland on April 20, 1972.
  • // 6th Nov 1978
    On November 6, 1978, the Texas Bar gave him licence to practice law.
  • // Apr 1987
    While practicing law in April 1987 he made an unsuccessful bid to purchase ‘Hospital Corporation of America’ (HCA).
  • // 1988
    In 1988 Scott and his wife put up their entire savings of $125,000 for ‘Columbia Hospital Corporation’ that Scott set up with two other business partners. Financier Richard Rainwater from Fort Worth also contributed $125,000 in the working capital of the company.
  • // 1989
    ‘Columbia Hospital Corporation’ gradually started purchasing other hospitals and with time emerged as one of the largest health care companies worldwide with over 340 hospitals, 550 home health locations and 135 surgery centres. Meanwhile in 1989 it also merged with ‘Hospital Corporation of America’ to become ‘Columbia/HCA’.
  • // 1997
    Leaving Columbia/HCA in 1997, he embarked on a new career as venture capitalist floating Richard L. Scott Investments. It has stakes in companies related to manufacturing, technology and health care sectors.
  • // 1997 To 2003
    From 1997 to 2003 he remained a member of the United Way of America’s National Board of Directors.
  • // 19th Mar 1997
    However on March 19, 1997, ‘Columbia/HCA’ came under scrutiny of ‘Department of Health and Human Services’, ‘Internal Revenue Service’ and ‘FBI’ who issued search warrants at the El Paso facility of the company. Raids were conducted. In the middle of such fraud investigations, Scott was pressurised by Board of Directors of the company to resign as CEO and Chairman. He resigned that year.
  • // 2001 To Mar 2009
    In 2001 he set up Solantic along with former TV anchor Karen Bowling. It is the largest operator of urgent care centres in Florida. By March 2009 Solantic had 23 centres in Florida.
  • // 2006
    The couple is also the founder-members of the Naples Community Church that was set up in 2006.
  • // Feb 2009
    He established ‘Conservatives for Patients' Rights’ (CPR) in February 2009 that supported free market principles of accountability, personal responsibility, choice and competition in health care. His objective was to restrict further interference of government on patients’ rights.
  • // 9th Apr 2010
    On April 9, 2010, he declared his candidature for the 2010 Republican Party nomination for gubernatorial election in Florida. In the Republican primary election he beat Bill McCollum with 47% of the vote.
  • // 4th Jan 2011
    He then confronted Democratic nominee Alex Sink in the general election and defeated Sink in a close contest thus becoming the 45th Governor of Florida. he spent around $75 million on campaigning from his own pocket. He assumed office as Governor of Florida on January 4, 2011.
  • // 1st Mar 2011
    As Governor Scott refused to take $2.3 billion in federal funding on February 16, 2011, for development of high-speed rail between Orlando and Tampa. A petition was filed by two senators on March 1, 2011, with the Florida Supreme Court to force Scott to accept the funds citing that he lacks constitutional authority to refuse funds approved by a previous legislature. However the court held that Scott did not violate the Constitution of Florida by refusing such funds.
  • // Jun 2011
    He signed a bill in June 2011 that necessitated people looking for welfare under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to go for a drug screening and in case of failure in the test the applicant can recommend someone else to avail such benefits for their children.
  • // 20th Feb 2013
    Like many other Republican Governors, on February 20, 2013, he announced his advocacy for the Medicaid expansion.
  • // 4th Nov 2014
    He ran for a second term in the 2014 gubernatorial election in Florida and this time defeated former governor and Democratic nominee Charlie Crist on November 4, 2014, to assume office for a second term.
  • // 13th Nov 2015
    He staunchly opposed the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Florida after the terrorist attacks occurred in Paris on November 13, 2015.

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  • What is Rick Scott birthday?

    Rick Scott was born at 1952-12-01

  • Where is Rick Scott's birth place?

    Rick Scott was born in Bloomington, Illinois, United States

  • What is Rick Scott nationalities?

    Rick Scott's nationalities is American

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    Rick Scott's ideologies is Republicans

  • Who is Rick Scott spouses?

    Rick Scott's spouses is Frances Annette Holland (m. 1972)

  • What was Rick Scott universities?

    Rick Scott studied at Southern Methodist University

  • What was Rick Scott notable alumnis?

    Rick Scott's notable alumnis is Southern Methodist University

  • What is Rick Scott's political ideology?

    Rick Scott's political ideology is Republican

  • What is Rick Scott's sun sign?

    Rick Scott is Sagittarius

  • How famous is Rick Scott?

    Rick Scott is famouse as 45th Governor of Florida