This week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said he will donate his third-quarter salary to the Navy SEAL Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families.
Scott, who made a fortune in business before first stepping on the political stage a decade ago, weighed in on why he was supporting the Navy SEAL Foundation.
“As a Navy veteran myself, I know firsthand the sacrifices our men and women in uniform, and their families, make to serve our nation,” Scott said. “Today, I’m proud to support the Navy SEAL Foundation and their incredible efforts to support our American heroes and their families.”
Scott also used the occasion to showcase his record supporting veterans.
“Throughout my time as governor, I made it my mission to make sure our military, veterans and their families have every resource they need to be successful. And as a United States senator, I will never stop fighting to give back to the selfless heroes who have given so much to our amazing nation,” Scott said.
After a successful career in business, Scott emerged in politics in 2009, leading Conservatives for Patients Rights in opposition to then-President Barack Obama’s federal healthcare law. Scott made his electoral debut in 2010, upsetting then Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum in the Republican gubernatorial primary and defeating then state CFO Alex Sink in the general election. After two terms as governor, in which he led Florida’s economic turnaround after the Great Recession, Scott ran for the U.S. Senate last year, defeating three-term Democrat Bill Nelson.