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.
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."
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.
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.
“Any continued problems in processing unemployment claims only delays financial help to those who need it most due to misfortune,” Nelson said in a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez. “I would appreciate hearing back to you by Jan. 14.”
WASHINGTON - When Christine Ross shows up at Sen. Marco Rubio's office Wednesday, she's looking for an answer to a question she says many Floridians are starting to ask: Does the Florida Republican support legislation to delay flood insurance rate increases?
UPDATE: The vote was put off until Tuesday.
With furor growing over his surprise announcement of new restrictions on the handling of absentee ballots, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner Tuesday did what critics say he should have done in the first place.
With furor growing over his surprise announcement of new restrictions on the handling of absentee ballots, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner did Tuesday what critics say he should have done in the first place.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Tuesday said he was not running for governor and distanced himself from a recent POLITICO report that he might consider it if Democratic candidate Charlie Crist got in trouble.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson on Tuesday attacked a new state directive restricting what locations could be used as absentee ballot drop-off sites as an attempt at voter suppression and said his office is reaching out to the U.S. Justice Department about whether the move violates federal voting laws.