Last updated on: 3/6/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Rick Scott, JD Biography

Title:
Governor of Florida
Position:
Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“Felons seeking restoration of rights will also be required to demonstrate that they desire and deserve clemency by applying only after they have shown they are willing to abide by the law…

Restoration of civil rights will not be granted ‘automatically’ for any offenses…

The Restoration of Civil Rights can be a significant part of the rehabilitation of criminal offenders and can assist them in reentry into society. It is important that this form of clemency be granted in a deliberate, thoughtful manner that prioritizes public safety and creates incentives to avoid criminal activity.”

“Governor Scott and Florida Cabinet Discuss Amended Rules of Executive Clemency,” fpc.state.fl.us, Mar. 9, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to felon voting issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to felon voting issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor of Florida, Jan. 4, 2011-present
  • Founder, Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, Mar. 2009-present
  • Trustee, Naples Community Church. 2006-present
  • Co-founder, Solantic Corporation, 2001
  • Board Member, National Board of the United Way, 1997-2003
  • Founder, Columbia Hospital Corporation, 1987-1997
  • Petty Officer Third Class, Naval Radar Technician, USS Glover, 1971-1974
  • Former lawyer, Johnson & Swanson
  • Former partner of George W. Bush in ownership of the Texas Rangers
Education:
  • JD, Southern Methodist University, 1978
  • BS, Business Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1975
Other:
  • Born in Bloomington, Illinois on Dec. 1, 1952
  • Raised in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Has two daughters, Jordan and Allison
Quoted in:
  1. Should Felons Automatically Regain the Vote after Their Full Sentence (Including Probation/Parole) Is Served?