Mostly Cloudy81° FULL FORECASTMostly Cloudy81° FULL FORECAST
Make us your home page

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: Donald Trump would be anchor on Marco Rubio Senate campaign


      Sen. Bill Nelson thinks Hillary Clinton won't have much trouble beating Donald Trump in Florida. "Against Trump?" he scoffed.

    2. Check out Bill Nelson's GOP support


      Easily overlooked in the latest Quinnipiac University Florida polls are fascinating numbers that underscore the political might of U.S.. Sen. Bill Nelson. Forty-seven percent of Florida voters approve of Nelson's handling of his job, which is nothing to brag about but also not especially poor in today's …

    3. Florida Insider Poll: And the strongest Veep pick from Florida is...


      ....None of the above. Followed by Marco Rubio.

    4. Miami Democrat revs up Florida Senate bid with help from special guests


      MIAMI -- If there was any doubt about the importance of District 37 in terms of Florida Democrats' desire to win back a few seats in the state Senate in November, look no further than the campaign kick-off of Jose Javier Rodriguez on Tuesday night in Miami.

      Florida Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson speaks during a state Senate campaign fundraiser for state Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, (right) on May 3, 2016 at the Segafredo Brickell restaurant in Miami.
    5. Florida League of Women Voters, with guest U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, to speak against lawmakers' plan for a state charter authorizer


      The Florida League of Women Voters announced today that Florida Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will join the group at a press conference Wednesday where members of the league will discuss what they describe as an "egregious constitutional amendment" proposed by Republican state …

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


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

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


      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.
    8. Bill Nelson says Gen. Joe Votel would bring 'tremendous experience' to Centcom


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

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


      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.

    10. More