Rick Scott is the 45th Governor of the great State of Florida. As promised during his campaign, Rick is focused on creating jobs and turning Florida’s economy around. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Rick‘s father was in the 82nd Airborne during World War II. After the war, Rick’s father was a city bus driver and then a truck driver. His mother worked as a JC Penney clerk. At times the family struggled financially, and when Rick started public school, they lived in public housing. In high school, Rick met Ann, and the high school sweethearts have been married for 40 years and have two married daughters, Allison and Jordan. This year they will become proud grandparents.
After attending high school and community college, Rick enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served on active duty aboard the USS Glover as a radar man. The G.I. Bill enabled Rick to attend college and law school. While enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and working full-time at a local grocery store, Rick and Ann made their first significant foray into the business world by buying two Kansas City doughnut shops for Rick’s mother to manage. Following graduation from UMKC with a degree in business administration, Rick earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
A successful businessman with a Midwestern work ethic, Rick is considered one of America’s foremost entrepreneurs, and he has brought his business experience to Tallahassee. As Governor, Rick is working to ensure every Florida family has the same opportunity to live the American dream, to provide children an opportunity for a great education and every adult an opportunity to get a job. Rick is phasing out the business tax, providing property tax relief, expanding education options for children, encouraging economic development statewide, and reforming state government to run more efficiently and effectively for the people of Florida. Rick is working to make sure the cost of living in Florida does not increase.
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2012