|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.
|Fri Feb 27 18:25:25 +0000 2015 - Pleased to have @ConsumersUnion support of our bill protecting kids from poisoning. http://t.co/58lgmdaDG9|
Fri Feb 27 18:15:57 +0000 2015 - Happy to report @ConsumerFed support of my bill to make liquid nicotine packaging child-resistant. http://t.co/hKnxKwlA9D
Wed Feb 25 18:48:22 +0000 2015 - I’ve asked @TheJusticeDept to investigate the deaths of 51 kids at the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, FL: http://t.co/hV7Edxk5l1
Tue Feb 24 17:11:36 +0000 2015 - RT @fawnjohnson: The Democrat With the Bully Pulpit @SenBillNelson and #supercookies. http://t.co/JXlhb0lbPk via @nationaljournal
Mon Feb 02 22:41:39 +0000 2015 - RT @CAdamsMcClatchy: On @WhiteHouse budget, @SenBillNelson of FL says: 'One of the good things' is an end to 'meat-cleaver' sequestration a…
Mon Jan 12 19:49:50 +0000 2015 - RT @bnjacobs: And it happened on this date in 1986. Our Administrator's first space shuttle flight. Among the crew, @SenBillNelson http://t…
Wed Jan 07 13:59:54 +0000 2015 - The people behind the attacks in Paris are nothing but murderous extremists.
Mon Jan 05 21:53:34 +0000 2015 - ESPN'S Stuart Scott had an amazing ability to connect with people including many who remember his time broadcasting in Orlando.
Tue Dec 23 22:34:44 +0000 2014 - Florida has officially surpassed New York to become the third most populous state in the country.
Fri Dec 05 13:34:49 +0000 2014 - I shot this video of #orion launch this morning @nasakennedy @nasa_go4launch http://t.co/vRxh74Yv9L
|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
||Hillary Rodham Clinton
|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