Gov. Rick Scott (R) “announced Tuesday that he will remain in his current role until” Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis (R) is sworn in Jan. 8. “New and re-elected U.S. Senators are sworn in Jan. 3.”
Scott Communications Director John Tupps: “Governor Scott will remain governor until January 8th, 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.”
“That five-day gap could have only be filled by Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who has served in the role since 2014.
“Scott is one of [six] new Republican senators elected in November. A delay in the swearing-in ceremony will affect Scott’s seniority, which plays a major role in things like the seating chart on the Senate floor, office space and committee assignments. Most Florida officeholders who seek other office are required to put their resignation in writing under the state’s resign-to-run law.” (Miami Herald)