BREAKING NEWS

Rick Scott sworn in as Florida's newest U.S. senator

Rick Scott was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence Tuesday afternoon as Florida's newest U.S. senator.

He took the oath five days after other incoming senators were sworn into office because Scott chose to finish his duties as governor first. He flew to Washington after attending Ron DeSantis' inauguration in Tallahassee at midday Tuesday.

Scott was joined by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and former Florida Republican senators Connie Mack, Mel Martinez and George LeMieux.

After the 4 p.m. ceremony, Scott, his wife Ann, their children and two of his grandchildren posed for photographs. 

 Scott, who was elected governor in 2010 and 2014, unseated three-term Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in the Nov. 6 election.