Governor Rick Scott was an unknown to politics when he first ran for governor in 2010. A native of Missouri, Governor Scott has never known his natural father. He spent part of his childhood in public housing, and went to work at the age of seven to help contribute to the household of five children where his adopted dad often lost his job and his mom worked several jobs just to make ends meet.
Scott eventually became one of the top businessmen in the country by starting a company that employed hundreds of thousands of Americans. He got his start by joining the Navy after high school, marrying his high school sweetheart and later going to college on the G.I. Bill. Scott decided to start his first business, a donut shop, to give his mom a job.
With the love and support of his wife, Ann Scott (they have now been married 45 years), he worked his way through law school at SMU in Dallas and became a lawyer. After nine years, Scott left the legal world for the business world full-time and spent his family’s life savings to buy his first hospital. He grew that one hospital into one of the largest hospital companies in the world, and decided to switch careers yet again and run for governor when his adopted home state of Florida trudged through the major economic collapse of 2007-2008.
Governor Scott is currently serving the second of two terms as the Governor of Florida, making him one of only two Republican Governors to ever serve back-to-back terms in the state.