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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 wants federal review after Tampa Bay Times investigation into failing schools

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      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.

    2. Florida Democrats divided over Iran deal

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

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

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

    4. Sen. Bill Nelson to undergo prostate surgery

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      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.

    5. Sen. Bill Nelson to undergo prostate cancer surgery

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      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.

    6. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio vote to advance Obama trade bill

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      Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio helped a key trade bill clear a hurdle today, setting it up for final passage.

      Both faced opposition.

    7. Bill Nelson, 72, loses Stanley Cup bet, wins Senate push-up crown (w/ video)

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      Sen. Bill Nelson, born Sept. 29, 1942, this afternoon dropped and did 46 pushups to make good on a bet over the Stanley Cup with Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.

      Sen. Bill Nelson dropped and did 46 pushups to make good on a bet over the Stanley Cup with Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.
    8. Sens. Nelson and Durbin lay down a bet on Lightning vs. Blackhawks

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      Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Dick Durbin of Illinois are getting in the spirit of the NHL showdown between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks, laying down a bet of food and …

      Sens. Bill Nelson, left, of Florida and Dick Durbin of Illinois.
    9. Bush and Rubio open to more oil drilling as issue gains attention in Florida

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      Efforts to open up oil drilling off both Florida coasts could inject the issue into the race for president, and home state contenders Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are generally supportive of more production.

      An oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
    10. Bill Nelson to fight Obama's Atlantic oil drilling plans

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      Sen. Bill Nelson says he will file a bill Friday that would blockan Obama administration move to allow oil and gas explorers to conduct seismic tests off Florida’s Atlantic coast.