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  Gov. Rick Scott won't resign early to take Senate seat
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Dec 05, 2018 12:53pm
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AuthorGray Rohrer
News DateTuesday, December 4, 2018 07:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott, recently elected to the U.S. Senate, will not resign as governor five days before his term ends to be sworn in along with his fellow senators, his office said Tuesday.

Scott’s term as governor will end at midnight Jan. 7, five days after his term as U.S. Senator was set to begin.

“When Governor Scott was elected Governor of Florida, he promised to fight for Florida families every single day of his term,” Scott spokesman John Tupps stated in an email. “Governor Scott will remain Governor until Jan. 8, 2019. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to hold the ceremony for Governor Scott’s swearing-in as U.S. Senator from Florida that afternoon.”

The move means Scott’s lieutenant governor, Carlos Lopez-Cantera won’t assume the governorship for five days before Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis is sworn in.

It also puts Scott in the position of being the senator with the least seniority, a factor in doling out committee membership assignments.
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