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Bill Nelson

Personal data
Date of birthSeptember 29, 1942(age 74)
Place of birthMiami, Florida
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseGrace Cavert Nelson
ChildrenBill Nelson, Jr.
Nan Ellen Nelson
ResidenceOrlando, Florida
Alma materYale University (B.A.)
University of Virginia (J.D.)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1965-1968, 1970-1971 (Reserve)
1968-1970 (Active Duty)
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2001
Serving with Marco Rubio
Preceded byConnie Mack III
Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal of Florida
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 1995-January 1, 2000
GovernorLawton Chiles 1995-1998
Buddy MacKay 1998-1999
Jeb Bush 1999-2000|preceded2=Tom Gallagher
Succeeded byTom Gallagher
Preceded byTom Gallagher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 11th district
In officeJanuary 3, 1983 - January 3, 1991
Succeeded byJim Bacchus
Preceded byDaniel A. Mica
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 9th district
In officeJanuary 3, 1979 - January 3, 1983
Succeeded byMichael Bilirakis
Preceded byLouis Frey
Member of the
Florida House of Representatives
In office1972 - 1979

Bill Nelson

Personal information
NameClarence William "Bill" Nelson
TypeNASA Payload Specialist
Current occupationU.S. Senator
Previous occupationRepresentative, U.S. House
Time in space6d 02h 03m

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Clarence William "Bill" Nelson (born September 29, 1942) is the senior United States Senator from the state of Florida and a member of the Democratic Party. He is a former U.S. Representative and former Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner of Florida. In 1986, he became the second sitting member of the United States Congress to fly in space.

In 1972, Nelson was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. He was re-elected in 1974 and 1976. Nelson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978. He served in the U.S. House from 1979 to 1991. In January 1986, he flew as a Payload Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia. After a failed gubernatorial race in 1990, he successfully ran for the office of Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner of Florida in 1994 and served for six years. In 2000, Nelson ran for U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Senator Connie Mack. In the Senate he is generally considered a social moderate and economic liberal. He was re-elected in 2006 with 60 percent of the vote.

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