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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. Sens. Nelson and Durbin lay down a bet on Lightning vs. Blackhawks


      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.
    2. Bush and Rubio open to more oil drilling as issue gains attention in Florida


      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.
    3. Bill Nelson to fight Obama's Atlantic oil drilling plans


      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.

    4. Bill Nelson likely to support Pacific trade deal


      Sen. Bill Nelson is likely to support a Trans Pacific trade deal President Obama wants over objectsions from fellow Democrats.

    5. Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio reflect divide over Iran deal


      UDPATE: Jeb Bush also criticizes the outline. See below.

    6. Bill Nelson says he'll stay out of Senate primary but praises Patrick Murphy


      Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, said Tuesday he’ll stay out of the 2016 Senate primary but did not hide admiration for Patrick Murphy.

    7. Luck o' the Irish: Buckhorn to attend White House St. Patrick's Day reception


      Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has dyed the Hillsborough River green for three St. Patrick's Day celebrations in a row, so — no surprise — he jumped at the chance to attend a St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House honoring the visiting Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny.

      Bob Buckhorn's invitations to a White House reception Tuesday.
    8. Bill Nelson criticizes GOP letter to Iran signed by Marco Rubio and most other GOP senators


      Sen. Bill Nelson joined in building criticism of a letter most Republican senators, including Florida's Marco Rubio, sent to the leaders of Iran warning any deal could be undone by the next president.

    9. Bill Nelson steps up fundraising for 2018 re-election


      Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, is beginning to ramp up fundraising as he prepares to seek a fourth term in 2018.

      Fundraising notice for Sen. Bill Nelson
    10. Bill Nelson phones Hillary Clinton with a simple message: Run


      A couple weeks ago, Sen. Bill Nelson was at home in Florida and decided to call up Hillary Clinton. She returned the call and Nelson, who was watching 60 Minutes with his wife, had a simple message:

      Get in the race for president.