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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 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.

    2. 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.
    3. 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.

    4. 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
    5. 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.

    6. Nelson votes against Keystone pipeline; Rubio votes yes


      UPDATE: The bill failed 59-41, failing to reach the 60 vote threshold.

    7. Deflated Florida Dems launch rebuilding effort


      Sen. Bill Nelson and former Orlando police chief Val Demings will chair an effort to evaluate the shortcomings of the Florida Democratic Party, which is further in the tank following last week's election.

    8. Florida congressional delegation urges Obama to outline Syria plan in speech tonight


      WASHINGTON — Florida lawmakers say they support increased military action against Islamic militants but want President Barack Obama tonight to clearly lay out a plan to deal with the complex and potentially explosive step of moving into Syria.

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


      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.

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


      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.