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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. Bill Nelson's bill steps up safety of e-cigs

      Blogs

      Sen. Bill Nelson's bill requiring child-proof caps on liquid nicotine bottles is headed to President Obama's desk.

    2. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio push opposing bills for foreign worker visas

      National

      WASHINGTON — Following controversy over 250 Disney workers laid off in favor of foreign workers, Sen. Bill Nelson wants to slash the number of specialized work visas.

      Sen. Bill Nelson took aim at H1-B visas after Disney layoffs.
    3. Bill Nelson says Gen. Joe Votel would bring 'tremendous experience' to Centcom

      Blogs

      Sen. Bill Nelson on Monday praised an Army general in the mix to take over U.S. Central Command in Tampa.

    4. Bill Nelson says Syrian refugees already face strict vetting; real problem with visa waivers

      Blogs

      Sen. Bill Nelson opposes legislation approved by the House last week to make it harder for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S., saying a rigorous screening process is already in place.

    5. Alan Grayson: Patrick Murphy should return donations from Dade Medical College CEO

      Blogs

      The controversy of the now-shuttered Dade Medical College and its

      McCaskill, Kobuchar and Senate candidates highlight Florida Democrats' Orlando line-up

      Blogs

      Florida Democrats are gathering in Orlando this weekend for their annual convention, aiming to energize their base -- and Floridian voters -- into making the Sunshine State a bluer shade of purple after the 2016 elections.

    6. Bill Nelson wants federal review after Tampa Bay Times investigation into failing schools

      Blogs

      Sen. Bill Nelson has asked the U.S. Department of Education to look into the public schools in Pinellas County that have been part of a Tampa Bay Times investigation.

    7. Florida Democrats divided over Iran deal

      Blogs

      As President Obama picked up support for the Iran deal from one Florida Democrat, Bill Nelson, he loses another in Rep. Ted Deutch.

    8. Bill Nelson is free of cancer following surgery, office says

      Blogs

      Sen. Bill Nelson learned today he is free of cancer following prostate surgery a week earlier, his office said.

    9. Sen. Bill Nelson to undergo prostate surgery

      State Roundup

      U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will undergo prostate cancer surgery on Monday, his office said. A statement said it would not affect the Democrat's plans to run for re-election in 2018.