Richard Lynn Scott is an American politician and businessman serving as the junior United States senator from Florida since 2019.
He defeated Bill McCollum in a vigorously contested Republican primary election, and then narrowly defeated Democratic nominee Alex Sink in the general election.
The initial election results were so close that they triggered a mandatory recount. Scott won the 2018 US Senate election, defeating Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson.
The recount showed that Scott had won by 10,033 votes; Nelson then conceded the race. Scott took office following the expiration of his term as governor of Florida on January 8, 2019.