At a Glance
- Career History: Launched, Conservatives for Patients Rights (2009); Founder, Solantic Corp. (2001); Bought America's Health Network (1997); Bought HCA, Merged to become Columbia/HCA (1994); Founder, Columbia (1987); Johnson & Swanson (law firm)
- Birthday: December 1, 1952
- Hometown: Bloomington, Ill.
- Alma Mater: University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.A,., business administration; J.D., Southern Methodist University
- Spouse: Ann
- Religion: Christian
- Campaign Office: Rick Scott for Florida, 300 S.E. 2nd Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
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Path to Power
Scott grew up in a working-class family in North Kansas City, Mo. The second of five children, Scott's father was a trucker and his mother worked at J.C. Penney and occassionally took in ironing to makes ends meet.
After high school, Scott did a year of community college before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served 29 months on active duty.
A political outsider with a scandal-ridden past, Scott was not an obvious choice to run for governor of Florida.
But Scott managed to squeak to a slim victory in Florida's 2010 Republican primary, beating Attorney General Bill McCollum (R). Scott was greatly helped by the anti-incumbent sentiment sweeping the nation, and by the $50 million of his own money he used to bankroll his campaign.
When Scott's Columbia Healthcare Corporation merged with the HCA hospital chain, Scott became president and former HCA head Dr. Thomas Frist became chairman. Frist, whose father founded HCA, was the brother of then-Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who would later become Senate majority leader.
Former GOP House Conference Chairman, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), was inaugurated as Florida agricultural commissioner at the same time as Scott.