| Rick Scott |
|Born||Richard Lynn Myers|
December 1, 1952
Bloomington, Illinois, USA
|Alma mater||University of Missouri–Kansas City, Southern Methodist University|
US politician who narrowly avoided indictment for health-care fraud. Won governor election by cheating.
Richard Lynn Scott is an American politician and businessman and junior United States senator from Florida since 2019. A member of the Republican Party, he was the 45th governor of Florida from 2011 to 2019.
Rick Scott was born Richard Lynn Myers in Bloomington, Illinois, on December 1, 1952. Scott never met his biological father, Gordon William Myers, who was described by Scott's mother, Esther J. Scott (née Fry; 1928–2012), as an abusive alcoholic. Esther, who worked as a clerk, married Orba George Scott Jr. (died 2006), a truck driver.
Scott attended college on the G.I. Bill, and graduated from the University of Missouri–Kansas City with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He got a juris doctor degree by working his way through Southern Methodist University. He was licensed by the Texas Bar to practice law on November 6, 1978. After graduating from law school, Scott worked as an attorney at the law firm of Johnson & Swanson in Dallas, Texas.
In 1988, Scott and Richard Rainwater, a financier from Fort Worth, each put up $125,000 in working capital in their new company, Columbia Hospital Corporation. In 1992, Columbia made a stock purchase of Basic American Medical, which owned eight hospitals, primarily in southwestern Florida.
Scott narrowly avoided indictment in the late 1990s for his role as CEO of Columbia/HCA, his private health-care company. HCA eventually admitted to substantial criminal conduct and paid a record $1.7 billion to the federal government. Whistleblower lawsuits alleged that HCA engaged in a series of schemes to defraud Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE, the military’s health-insurance program. Scott left the company unscathed, with a reported $300 million parachute, then spent $73 million of his own money running for office.
Scott was elected governor in November 2010 after an historically close race with his opponent, Alex Sink. Scott, a millionaire and Tea Party favorite, squeaked through with a 1.15 percent margin of victory, representing just 61,550 votes, after a number of Dominion machines in Hillsborough County failed to upload results. In the wake of what was described as a memory-card glitch, election workers manually rescanned about 38,000 early-voting ballots, without any supervision by the public or the press. Sink, who needed only 35,000 more votes to trigger a mandatory recount, conceded the following day.
- Profile, State Bar of Texas website; accessed June 7, 2014.