Rick Scott was sworn in as governor of Florida on January 4, 2011, and was sworn in for his second term on January 6, 2015.
Scott has made a name for himself in business, health care and politics. From 1987 to 1997, Scott established and led Columbia, which later became Columbia/HCA, a company that works to reduce costs and improve care for patients in hospitals around the country. After purchasing a controlling interest in America’s Health Network, Scott co-founded Solantic Corporation in 2001, which operates unique and innovative urgent care centers across Florida.
Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and received a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
Ann Scott, first lady of Florida, is a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend. She is a firm believer in family, strong values, community involvement and the power of a good education. Mrs. Scott received a degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
An avid reader, the first lady spends time visiting students at schools and libraries across Florida, encouraging them to read and to write. She believes that great readers become great learners and early learning leads to academic success. She also urges Floridians of all ages to eat healthfully and to be active. The Scotts support the Salvation Army, United Way, Naples Zoo, Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Liberty Youth Ranch, a home for abandoned, abused, neglected and orphaned children in Collier County, Florida. They also have worked with World Vision to create a primary health care system in Bunyala, Kenya.
The Scotts were high school sweethearts and have been married for 39 years. They have two married daughters, Allison and Jordan.