|Address||225 East Robinson Street Suite 410|
Orlando, Florida 32801, United States
|| September 29, 1942
Nov 28, 2012 01:45am
Caucasian - Moderate - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Health Care Reform - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro Free Trade - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gun control - Married - U.S. Army - Christian - Straight -
|Info||Clarence William Nelson |
Bill Nelson was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2000, after serving six years as a member of the Florida Cabinet. A week after being sworn in, he was tapped to fill a key leadership post as vice-chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The leadership cited his ability to help recruit moderate candidates for the 2002 election cycle. Nelson also is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Armed Services, Budget and Commerce Committees.
During the first session of the 107th Congress, Nelson fought to protect consumer privacy in several areas. He filed legislation to prevent banks and insurance companies from sharing consumers' medical information without written consent. He also introduced a bill to make it illegal to sell or buy a social security number.
Worried about the potential health risks to children playing in parks with arsenic treated wood, Nelson filed a bill to require warning labels on arsenic treated wood sold in the United States. He also passed a measure requiring an accelerated EPA review of arsenic use.
As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Nelson attached provisions to the defense budget expanding internet voting for the military. He also secured funding to replace training aircraft used by Navy and Marine pilots during flight school in Pensacola.
On the Foreign Relations Committee, he urged Secretary of State Colin Powell to keep and support the country's Holocaust office. Concerned that insurance companies are again moving too slowly in providing restitution for thousands of unpaid Nazi-era insurance claims, Nelson successfully convinced the International Commission on Holocaust- Era Insurance Claims to extend its January 31 deadline for filing Holocaust-era insurance claims to September 30, 2002.
Before his service in the Senate, Nelson served as Florida's treasurer, insurance commissioner and state fire marshal from 1995 to 2000, where he earned his reputation as a common-sense problem solver and strong consumer advocate. Nelson oversaw state finances and insurance regulation and led the rebuilding of Florida's insurance market in the wake of Hurricane Andrew - the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history.
Nelson was elected to the Florida Legislature in 1972, serving for six years. There, he fought for education reforms, and was a prime sponsor of Florida's pioneering local planning law enacted in 1975. He went on to serve in Congress, where he represented central Florida and became chairman of the Space Subcommittee of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. He was an early advocate for balancing the federal budget, and a strong opponent of offshore oil drilling.
As one of the leading congressional experts on NASA, Nelson underwent intensive training and flew as a crew member on the 24th flight of the space shuttle.
Nelson is a fifth-generation Floridian. He was born Sept. 29, 1942 in Miami, and was educated in Melbourne's public schools. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School. Nelson served four years of reserve duty and two years of active duty in the United States Army, rising to the rank of captain. Bill lives with his wife of 30 years, Grace. They are the parents of two children, Nan Ellen and Bill.
|Thu Feb 16 22:59:01 +0000 2017 - Scott Pruitt’s ties to the oil industry are deeply concerning and Floridians can't afford the risk. I’ll vote no on… https://t.co/jQ4BB1Nyuz|
Wed Feb 15 21:49:45 +0000 2017 - Good news for Jacksonville! A new squadron of Navy drones – and 400 sailors – are heading to Mayport.
Fri Feb 03 20:12:14 +0000 2017 - Brought Sen. Thune to the Everglades today to show him what we’re restoring – got to show him something else you wo… https://t.co/OTdIISWHq7
Sun Jan 22 22:21:13 +0000 2017 - A lot happened in Washington the past few days. My privilege is to represent the people of Florida. https://t.co/4CWXWEJix6
Thu Jan 19 17:42:13 +0000 2017 - We lost a real hero Monday. Gene Cernan, the last on the moon, like Neil Armstrong, the first, was only 82. Picture… https://t.co/AvDxfYI7yK
Mon Jan 09 16:02:44 +0000 2017 - Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the Orlando police officer killed in the line of duty this morning.
Thu Jan 05 23:13:00 +0000 2017 - Just filed legislation to prevent a repeal of the Medicare “donut hole" provisions that save seniors $1,000 a year. https://t.co/jTANlZYQTa
Thu Dec 08 22:33:01 +0000 2016 - John Glenn was the pioneer. He was the one who paved the way: https://t.co/qLygtV6AYr.
Thu Dec 08 16:43:16 +0000 2016 - Enjoyed meeting the Marines who stopped by the Senate to collect toys for children in need this holiday season. Tha… https://t.co/LXzWFo4jJj
Sat Nov 26 15:19:40 +0000 2016 - Now that Fidel is gone, U.S. should press hard against Raul and support the Cuban people until he provides basic rights and freedoms to all.
|US Attorney General - Apr 23, 2015
|C.I.A. Director - Mar 07, 2013
||John O. Brennan
|Florida Democratic Party Chair - Jan 25, 2013
|FL US Senate - D Primary - Aug 24, 2010
||Kendrick B. Meek
|Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 06, 2009
|US Attorney General - Feb 02, 2009
|Florida Marriage Protection Amendment - Nov 04, 2008
|FL US President - D Primary - Jan 29, 2008
|Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jan 31, 2006
|Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 29, 2005
||John Glover Roberts Jr.
|Florida Democratic Party Leader - May 07, 2005
||Karen L. Thurman
|US Attorney General - Feb 03, 2005
||Alberto S. Gonzales
|FL US President - D Primary - Mar 09, 2004
|US Secretary of the Interior - Jan 30, 2001
||Gale A. Norton