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Bill Nelson

Clarence William Nelson

    Bill Nelson is a Democratic U.S. senator elected in 2000. He is serving his third term.

    Nelson has spent most of his life in politics, serving three terms in the Florida House, six terms in the U.S. House and six years as insurance commissioner. He served in the U.S. Army and as an astronaut on a space shuttle flight.

    Nelson was born in Miami on Sept. 29, 1942. He graduated from Melbourne High School and attended the University of Florida. He received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Grace Cavert, have two children.

    1. Radio ad paints Bill Nelson as soft on Castro, Chavez


      From the Miami Herald's Alex Daugherty: In their first radio ad against Sen. Bill Nelson, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is attacking the Democrat up for reelection over his perceived softness towards Venezuela and Cuba.

    2. Bill Nelson says public pushback has Senate healthcare bill on the ropes


      U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson was approaching the dugout at Tropicana Field to throw out the first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Red Sox on July 7, when a woman shouted his name.

      Bill Nelson at his Tallahassee office on Friday.
    3. Bill Nelson Video: Talk to this Florida mom before you call Obamacare a failure


      Sen. Bill Nelson spoke on the senate floor about the health care reform debate, sharing the story of a single Florida mother trying to keep alive her daughter, kindergarten teacher Megan Geller, who died at age 28 in 2015 after a two-year battle with leukemia.


    4. See what a Bill Nelson vs. Rick Scott Senate race might be like


      Florida's senior U.S. senator, Democrat Bill Nelson, has been on the political stage since 1972 -- the year 18-year-olds first got the right to vote, the year of the Watergate break-in and the year of Richard Nixon's re-election as president.

      U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who has won statewide office five times, says he always runs scared.
    5. Poll: Rick Scott, America's 34th-most popular governor, should worry Bill Nelson


      Morning Consult is out today with its latest 50-state survey on the approval ratings of every senator and governor. The January to March survey of 8,793 Florida voters offers good news and bad for Sen. Bill …

      More than one in five voters don't know enough about their three-term senator to have an opinion on Bill Nelson.
    6. Poll: Bill Nelson handily beats Rick Scott; Adam Putnam stronger nominee than Richard Corcoran


      The Orlando Political Observer is out with a new statewide poll by Gravis Marketing. Take the March 28-29 robo poll (with web resonses from cell phone users) with as many grains of salt as you like, but it shows Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson easily beating likely Sen. …

    7. Florida Insider Poll: Will Richard Corcoran run against Rick Scott? For gov? For attorney general?


      With so much hostility between Gov. Rick Scott and Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran, we've heard speculation that Speaker Corcoran could be preparing to challenge Scott for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination rather than for governor as widely assumed. So we turned to nearly 200 savvy Florida political players …

    8. Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics


      Winner of the week

      Rick Scott. The governor will be able to appoint the next Republican nominees for CFO and, probably for attorney general, after current CFO Jeff Atwater steps down for Florida Atlantic University gig, and Attorney General Pam Bondi, probably, moves to a Trump administration gig. …

    9. Patrick Murphy touts Bill Nelson 'endorsement' after Nelson defended Marco Rubio


      Democrat Patrick Murphy's U.S. Senate campaign on Friday heralded what it cast as a fresh endorsement from current Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson -- just days after Nelson undercut Murphy's latest attack on his Republican opponent.

      Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson praises U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy during a Miami fundraiser for state Senate candidate Jose Javier Rodriguez.
    10. Bill Nelson comes to Marco Rubio's defense on Zika funding


      One of Patrick Murphy's key supporters in his bid for U.S. Senate has undercut the Democratic congressman's recent attack on Marco Rubio over federal Zika funding.

      Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson