Sen. Bill Nelson
Democrat • Florida • 9th Term • Sworn In 1979
- 36 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 30 of 100) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 23 of 100)
- 140 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 64 of 100) 2 Made Into Law (Ranks 25 of 100)
Nelson was born September 29, 1942 in Miami, Florida. He attended the University of Florida and Yale University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1965, and later served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1965 to 1971. During this time, Nelson studied at the University of Virginia, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1968.
Nelson worked as a fire marshal and later as a lawyer before beginning his political career in the Florida House of Representatives. Nelson served in the state house from 1972 to 1979, when he left the state house following his election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Nelson served in the U.S. House from 1979 to 1991. In 1986, he became the second sitting member of congress (first from the House) to travel into space; Nelson flew aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia on the STS-61-C mission with six other astronauts from January 12-18, where he was the payload specialist. Read More...
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Most Recent Sponsored Bills
S.Res.331Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed Jan 13, 2014 9 Views
A resolution congratulating the Florida State University football team for winning the 2014 Bowl Championship Series national championship.
S.Res.312Resolution agreed to in Senate Jan 09, 2014 6 Views
A resolution calling on the government of Iran to fulfill their promises of assistance in this case of Robert Levinson, one of the longest hel...
S.1774 - Undetectable Firearms Reauthorization Act of 2013Read the second time Dec 09, 2013 13 Views
A bill to reauthorize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 1 year.
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
S.2250Read twice and referred Apr 10, 2014 28 Views
A bill to extend the Travel Promotion Act of 2009, and for other purposes.
S.2223 - Minimum Wage Fairness ActMotion to proceed to consideration Apr 10, 2014 70 Views
A bill to provide for an increase in the Federal minimum wage and to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend increased expensing lim...
S.Res.407Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed Mar 31, 2014 18 Views
A resolution honoring former Senator and Rear Admiral Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr.
Recent Voting History
On the Motion for Attendance PN1182: Michelle T. Friedland, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth CircuitAye (with party)April 10, 2014
On the Cloture Motion PN1182: Michelle T. Friedland, of California, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth CircuitAye (with party)April 10, 2014
On the Nomination PN1063: Terrell McSweeny, of the District of Columbia, to be a Federal Trade Commissioner for the unexpired term of seven years from September 26, 2010Aye (with party)April 09, 2014