WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Senator-elect Rick Scott is moving out of the Governor’s Mansion and into his new office on Capitol Hill. The Republican is set to replace Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. Our Washington Reporter Alana Austin tracks him down in Washington.
“Senator!” cheers Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón as Scott visits her office this week in Washington, DC.
On the heels of victory, Scott is going through the orientation process for new lawmakers on Capitol Hill. From a businessman to Governor, the incoming Sunshine State Senator says this new job will be a big adjustment.
“I’ve been basically a chief executive officer for most of my life, and so this will be different," said Scott.
Scott will soon start his first term as one of 100 U.S. Senators in Congress. This week, he's in training sessions and meeting his new colleagues in Washington.
“You have a plan and you work your plan, and that’s what we’ll be doing up here," explains Scott.
As he prepares for the work out of a temporary Capitol Hill office, Scott tells Alana Austin he is focused on finding ways to help veterans and American workers - for him, it’s personal.
“I’m a kid that grew up in public housing, and figured out pretty early the importance of a job, so I want to be involved where we can continue to build the economy, lower taxes, less regulations," said Scott.
Scott assumes his post following a fierce campaign against Democratic Senator Bill Nelson that culminated in a recount show-down. He's now looking to move forward from that narrowly-decided race, and apply his skills from the business world to the political arena.
"If you look at successful business people, and I love business, is that they’re very focused on getting result. And I’ll do the same thing with this," said Scott.
Scott is set to be sworn in in January as the new Congressional session begins then.