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  Nelson, Bill
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AffiliationDemocratic  
<-  2001-01-01  
 
NameBill Nelson
Address225 East Robinson Street Suite 410
Orlando, Florida 32801, United States
Emailcomments@nelsonforsenate.com
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Born September 29, 1942
Died Still Living (71 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifiedHomegrown Democrat
Apr 04, 2013 06:40pm
Tags 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-Gay Marriage - Pro-Gun control - Married - U.S. Army - Christian - Straight -
InfoClarence 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.




JOB APPROVAL POLLS
DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
09/27/2013-09/29/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 41.00% ( 3.0) 38.00% ( 2.0) 21.00% ( 1.0)
03/15/2013-03/18/2013 Public Policy Polling (D) 38.00% ( 6.0) 40.00% ( 1.0) 22.00% ( 7.0)
10/26/2012-10/28/2012 Public Policy Polling (D) 44.00% ( 10.0) 41.00% ( 0.0) 15.00% ( 9.0)
09/20/2012-09/23/2012 Public Policy Polling (D) 34.00% ( 1.0) 41.00% ( 1.0) 24.00% ( 1.0)
08/31/2012-09/02/2012 Public Policy Polling (D) 35.00% ( 0.0) 42.00% ( 2.0) 23.00% ( 3.0)
07/26/2012-07/29/2012 Public Policy Polling (D) 35.00% ( 1.0) 40.00% ( 8.0) 26.00% ( 7.0)
05/15/2012-05/21/2012 Quinnipiac University 44.00% ( 3.0) 35.00% ( 5.0) 21.00% ( 2.0)
04/12/2012-04/15/2012 Public Policy Polling (D) 36.00% ( 2.0) 32.00% ( 2.0) 33.00% ( 5.0)
01/04/2012-01/08/2012 Quinnipiac University 47.00% ( 0.0) 30.00% ( 3.0) 23.00% ( 3.0)
10/31/2011-11/07/2011 Quinnipiac University 47.00% ( 5.0) 27.00% ( 8.0) 26.00% ( 3.0)
FAVORABILITY POLLS
DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
10/17/2012-10/18/2012 Survey USA 38.00% ( 0.0) 29.00% ( 0.0) 25.00% ( 0.0)
09/27/2012-09/30/2012 Suffolk University 36.00% ( 0.0) 32.00% ( 0.0) 32.00% ( 0.0)
09/03/2007-09/09/2007 Quinnipiac University 50.00% ( 3.0) 22.00% ( 4.0) 29.00% ( 2.0)
07/12/2007-07/16/2007 Quinnipiac University 47.00% ( 3.0) 26.00% ( 4.0) 27.00% ( 0.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Apr 04, 2013 04:40pm News Florida Sen. Bill Nelson endorses gay marriage  Article Homegrown Democrat 
Nov 20, 2007 11:00pm News Fight With Party Might Push Unknown Senator To National Stage  Article The Sunset Provision 
Sep 25, 2007 12:00pm News Nelson says he’s readying lawsuit to fight DNC  Article The Sunset Provision 
Jun 07, 2007 08:00am News Trial set for Bill Nelson's son  Article CBlock941 
Dec 13, 2006 02:00pm News Sen. Bill Nelson Meets With Syria's Assad in Damascus  Article CBlock941 
Jul 25, 2005 07:00am News Nelson already fending off GOP punches  Article CBlock941 
Dec 03, 2004 12:00am Opinion [FL US Sen] Nelson says he'll watch GOP, wait for 2006  Article CBlock941 

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  01/03/2013 Aging (Select Committee) Chairperson Won 55.00% (+10.00%)
  11/06/2012 Armed Services Committee Seat 2 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 Commerce Committee Seat 4 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 Finance Committee Seat 7 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 FL US Senate Won 55.23% (+13.01%)
  11/06/2012 Budget Committee Seat 2 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  08/14/2012 FL US Senate - D Primary Won 78.80% (+57.61%)
  01/03/2007 Seat 06 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2006 FL US Senate Won 60.30% (+22.21%)
  09/05/2006 FL US Senate - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2000 FL US Senate Won 51.04% (+4.85%)
  09/05/2000 FL US Senate - D Primary Won 77.48% (+65.66%)
  11/03/1998 FL Treasurer Won 56.54% (+13.07%)
  11/08/1994 FL Treasurer Won 51.70% (+3.42%)
  09/08/1994 FL Treasurer - D Primary Won 54.57% (+16.65%)
  09/04/1990 FL Governor - D Primary Lost 30.51% (-38.97%)
  11/08/1988 FL District 11 Won 60.84% (+21.69%)
  11/04/1986 FL District 11 Won 72.71% (+45.43%)
  11/06/1984 FL District 11 Won 60.51% (+21.03%)
  11/02/1982 FL District 11 Won 70.57% (+41.15%)
  11/04/1980 FL District 09 Won 70.37% (+40.73%)
  11/07/1978 FL District 09 Won 61.49% (+22.98%)
  09/12/1978 FL District 9 - D Primary Won 85.99% (+71.99%)
ENDORSEMENTS
St. Petersburg Mayor - Primary - Aug 27, 2013 D Rick Kriseman
US Secretary of the Interior - Apr 10, 2013 D Sally Jewell
C.I.A. Director - Mar 07, 2013 N John Brennan
Florida Democratic Party Chair - Jan 25, 2013 D Allison Tant
FL US Senate - D Primary - Aug 24, 2010 D Kendrick B. Meek
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Aug 06, 2009 I Sonia Sotomayor
US Attorney General - Feb 02, 2009 D Eric Holder
Florida Marriage Protection Amendment - Nov 04, 2008 NO No
FL US President - D Primary - Jan 29, 2008 D Hillary Rodham Clinton
Supreme Court - Associate Justice - Jan 31, 2006 NPA Reject
Supreme Court - Chief Justice - Sep 29, 2005 R John G. Roberts, Jr.
Florida Democratic Party Leader - May 07, 2005 D Karen L. Thurman
US Attorney General - Feb 03, 2005 R Alberto Gonzales
FL US President - D Primary - Mar 09, 2004 D Bob Graham
US Secretary of the Interior - Jan 30, 2001 R Gale A. Norton