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. Nelson joins Democratic all-nighter on climate change, calls Florida 'ground zero'

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      Sen. Bill Nelson this evening joined other Democrats in what will be an all-night discussion on the Senate floor about climate change. "You know what is threatened the most in the continental United States? The Miami area," Nelson said, adding he will take members of the Commerce Committee to the area for a field …

    2. CONNECT problems not a fluke with DEO

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      TALLAHASSEE — Thousands of Floridians await jobless benefits of up to $275 a week that they need to survive and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson calls the state's claims system "a mess."

    3. Thousands of Florida's unemployed with delayed claims to get relief

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      State officials announced Saturday they will pay thousands of unemployed Florida workers who have had benefits delayed more than seven days because of technical glitches with a new government website.

    4. Per Nelson's request, feds to try to fix troubled CONNECT site

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      Nelson spoke by phone late Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to discuss the $63 million website that has been plagued with technical difficulties since its mid-October debut.

    5. Nelson asks feds a second time to investigate (intervene?) Florida's unemployment debacle

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      “Any continued problems in processing unemployment claims only delays financial help to those who need it most due to misfortune,” Nelson said in a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. “I would appreciate hearing back to you by Jan. 14.”

    6. Rubio's invisibility on flood insurance issue drawing questions

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      WASHINGTON - When Christine Ross shows up at Sen. Marco Rubio's office Wednesday, she's looking for an answer to a question she says many Floridians are starting to ask: Does the Florida Republican support legislation to delay flood insurance rate increases?

      Senators on Tuesday call for passage of a bill to delay flood insurance rate increases
    7. Nelson, Rubio divided on unemployment benefit extension

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      UPDATE: The vote was put off until Tuesday.

    8. Gov. Rick Scott’s administration seeks to de-escalate showdown over Pinellas election

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      With furor growing over his surprise announcement of new restrictions on the handling of absentee ballots, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner Tuesday did what critics say he should have done in the first place.

    9. Gov. Rick Scott's administration eases showdown over Pinellas election

      Elections

      With furor growing over his surprise announcement of new restrictions on the handling of absentee ballots, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner did Tuesday what critics say he should have done in the first place.