Bill Nelson

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Bill Nelson
Bill Nelson.jpg
United States Senator
from Florida
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byConnie Mack III
Succeeded byRick Scott
Ranking Member of the
Senate Commerce Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byJohn Thune
Succeeded byMaria Cantwell
Chair of the Senate Aging Committee
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byHerb Kohl
Succeeded bySusan Collins
Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, and Fire Marshal of Florida
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001
GovernorLawton Chiles
Buddy MacKay
Jeb Bush
Preceded byTom Gallagher
Succeeded byTom Gallagher
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1991
Preceded byLouis Frey Jr. (9th)
Dan Mica (11th)
Succeeded byMichael Bilirakis (9th)
Jim Bacchus (11th)
Constituency9th district (1979–1983)
11th district (1983–1991)
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 47th district
In office
November 7, 1972 – November 7, 1978
Preceded byRedistricted
Succeeded byTim Deratany
Personal details
Born
Clarence William Nelson II

(1942-09-29) September 29, 1942 (age 76)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Grace Cavert (m. 1972)
Children2
EducationUniversity of Florida
Yale University (BA)
University of Virginia (JD)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1965–1968, 1970–1971 (Reserve)
1968–1970 (Active)
RankUS-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Bill Nelson, official NASA photo.jpg
Space career
NASA payload specialist
Time in space
6d 02h 03m
MissionsSTS-61-C
Mission insignia
STS-61-c-patch.png

Clarence William "Bill" Nelson II (born September 29, 1942)[1] is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. He was the United States Senator from Florida from 2001 to 2019.

Early life[change | change source]

Nelson was born in Miami, Florida. He was raised in Melbourne, Florida. Nelson studied at the University of Florida, Yale University and at the University of Virginia.

Career[change | change source]

Nelson began his career in the Florida House of Representatives, where he served from 1973 to 1979. He then served in the United States House of Representatives from 1979 to 1991.

In January 1986, Nelson became the second sitting member of the United States Congress to fly in space along with John Glenn. He flew as a Payload Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia.

He served in the United States Senate, serving Florida since 2001 to 2019.

Nelson lost re-election in 2018 to Republican Rick Scott by 0.1%[2]

Personal life[change | change source]

In 1972, Nelson married Grace Cavert. The couple have two adult children: Charles William "Bill Jr." Nelson,[3] and Nan Ellen Nelson.[4] He has suffered from prostate cancer.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Florida Marriage Collection, 1822–1875 and 1927–2001". Ancestry.com.
  2. "Republican Rick Scott wins Florida Senate race, defeating incumbent Bill Nelson". Vox. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  3. Henry Pierson Curtis and April Hunt (November 9, 2006). "Senator's Son Arrested after Orlando Fracas". Orlando Sentinel.
  4. "Florida's senior senator praises Martinez, stays quiet about possible candidates in 2010". U.S. Senator Bill Nelson – Florida (official U.S. Senate website). Retrieved 2009-12-16.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Bill Nelson at Wikimedia Commons