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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. How close did Bill Nelson come to running for governor?

      Blogs

      The end of qualifying week in Florida officially closes out any chance Sen. Bill Nelson would run for governor. He never said he would but he always left wiggle room and people around him were exploring the possibility in more than a casual way.

    2. Sen. Bill Nelson has a lot at stake without being on ballot

      Elections

      WASHINGTON — Three-term U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson isn't on the ballot in November but the stakes are higher than his cakewalk 2012 re-election campaign: If Republicans take Senate control — a distinct possibility — Nelson will be denied a chance to chair the Commerce Committee.

      U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says he does not intend to run for governor.
    3. Why Bill Nelson isn'€™t running for governor

      Blogs

      There are many reasons that U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson isn’t running for governor of Florida: he just won a safe U.S. Senate seat, it actually won’t be an easy race against new Democrat Charlie Crist, …

    4. Getting ready for the rising water

      Blogs

      Here's what the world's rising seas will mean for Florida. Florida Atlantic's Keren Bolter

      Bill Nelson's pro-life

      Blogs

      What he wrote in this morning's Times:

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

      Blogs

      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 …

    6. CONNECT problems not a fluke with DEO

      Blogs

      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."

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

      Blogs

      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.

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

      Blogs

      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.