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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. Patrick Murphy touts Bill Nelson 'endorsement' after Nelson defended Marco Rubio

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      Democrat Patrick Murphy's U.S. Senate campaign on Friday heralded what it cast as a fresh endorsement from current Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson -- just days after Nelson undercut Murphy's latest attack on his Republican opponent.

      Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson praises U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy during a Miami fundraiser for state Senate candidate Jose Javier Rodriguez.
    2. Bill Nelson comes to Marco Rubio's defense on Zika funding

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      One of Patrick Murphy's key supporters in his bid for U.S. Senate has undercut the Democratic congressman's recent attack on Marco Rubio over federal Zika funding.

      Florida U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson
    3. At FAMU, Tim Kaine ties Donald Trump to "Ku Klux Klan values"

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      After a day of raising money, touring a local business hub and speaking at a get-out-the-vote rally with university students, Hillary Clinton's vice presidential nominee 

      Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, with his wife Anne Holton by his side, addresses a few hundred students at Florida A&M University on Friday about the importance of voter registration and participation in this fall's election.
    4. Giddy Hillsborough Democrats gather for fundraising dinner

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      The Hillsborough County Democratic Party’s annual Kennedy-King fundraising dinner Saturday night was an unprecedented success for the recent, generally dysfunctional history of the local party, with a big, excited crowd swelled by dozens of local candidates and party officials.

    5. CDC asks pregnant women to avoid Miami area linked to Zika cases

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      Federal officials on Monday warned pregnant women or those planning pregnancies to avoid a one-square-mile zone north of downtown Miami after it was confirmed that South Florida mosquitoes infected 10 more people with the Zika virus.

    6. Bill Nelson: Donald Trump would be anchor on Marco Rubio Senate campaign

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      Sen. Bill Nelson thinks Hillary Clinton won't have much trouble beating Donald Trump in Florida. "Against Trump?" he scoffed.

    7. Check out Bill Nelson's GOP support

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      Easily overlooked in the latest Quinnipiac University Florida polls are fascinating numbers that underscore the political might of U.S.. Sen. Bill Nelson. Forty-seven percent of Florida voters approve of Nelson's handling of his job, which is nothing to brag about but also not especially poor in today's …

    8. Florida Insider Poll: And the strongest Veep pick from Florida is...

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      ....None of the above. Followed by Marco Rubio.

    9. Miami Democrat revs up Florida Senate bid with help from special guests

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      MIAMI -- If there was any doubt about the importance of District 37 in terms of Florida Democrats' desire to win back a few seats in the state Senate in November, look no further than the campaign kick-off of Jose Javier Rodriguez on Tuesday night in Miami.

      Florida Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson speaks during a state Senate campaign fundraiser for state Rep. Jose Javier Rodriguez, D-Miami, (right) on May 3, 2016 at the Segafredo Brickell restaurant in Miami.
    10. Florida League of Women Voters, with guest U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, to speak against lawmakers' plan for a state charter authorizer

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      The Florida League of Women Voters announced today that Florida Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson will join the group at a press conference Wednesday where members of the league will discuss what they describe as an "egregious constitutional amendment" proposed by Republican state …