Sen.-elect Rick Scott (R) “has provided no indication” whether he will resign in time to swear into office Jan. 3. His term as governor ends Jan. 8. Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R) would succeed Scott as governor for five days should he choose to do so.
“Some wonder if he won't resign early at all, so that he can say he finished the job that voters awarded him eight years ago. … Scott is one of [six] new Republican senators elected this month to new six-year terms. A delay in the timing of a swearing-in ceremony could affect their seniority, a key factor in deciding committee assignments, office space and the seating chart on the Senate floor.” (Tampa Bay Times)
Scott "is looking at different options that would allow him finish his full second term as Florida’s 45th governor while ensuring he doesn’t miss any crucial moments over those first five days that Congress is in session." (The Capitolist)