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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

Political Highlights: Fla. House, 1972-78; U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-91; sought Democratic nomination for governor, 1990; Fla. treasurer and insurance commissioner, 1995-2001; U.S. Senate, 2001-present
Born: Sept. 29, 1942; Miami, Fla.
Residence: Orlando
Religion: Presbyterian
Family: Wife, Grace C. Nelson; two children
Education: Yale U., B.A. 1965; U. of Virginia, J.D. 1968
Military Service: Army Reserve, 1965-71
Start of Service: Elected: 2000 (3rd term)
Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Emerging Threats & Capabilities - Ranking Member; Seapower; Strategic Forces); Commerce, Science & Transportation; Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure; International Trade, Customs & Global Competitiveness; Taxation & IRS Oversight); Special Aging

Election History
2012generalBill Nelson (D) 4,523,45155.2
Connie Mack (R) 3,458,26742.2
Bill Gaylor (NPA) 126,0791.5
Chris Borgia (NPA) 82,0891.0
2006generalBill Nelson (D) 2,890,54860.3
Katherine Harris (R) 1,826,12738.1
Belinda Noah (X) 24,8800.5
Brian Moore (I) 19,6950.4
Floyd Frazier (X) 16,6280.4
Roy Tanner (X) 15,5620.3
2000generalBill Nelson (D) 2,989,48751.0
Bill McCollum (R) 2,705,34846.2
Willie Logan (I) 80,8301.4
Joe Simonetta (NL) 26,0870.5
Darrell McCormick (I) 21,6640.4
Joel Deckard (REF) 17,3380.3
Andy Martin (I) 15,8890.3
1988generalBill Nelson (D) 168,39060.8
Bill Tolley (R) 108,37339.2
1986generalBill Nelson (D) 149,10972.7
Scott Ellis (R) 55,95227.3
1984generalBill Nelson (D) 145,76460.5
Rob Quartel (R) 95,11539.5
1982generalBill Nelson (D) 101,74670.6
Joel Robinson (R) 42,42229.4
1980generalBill Nelson (D) 139,46870.4
Stan Dowiat (R) 58,73429.6
1978generalBill Nelson (D) 89,54361.5
Edward Gurney (R) 56,07438.5
Roll Call Vitals


Florida is 2nd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


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