Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida:
Nelson, a politician for 30 years, is a fiscally moderate Democrat and member of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.
Bill Nelson, Leading Senate Supporter of NASA:
Major Areas of Interest and Voting Record:
Senate Committees in 112th Congress, 2011-2012:
- Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
- Commerce Subcommittee on Technology & Space, Chair
- Budget Committee
- Finance Committee
- Select Committee on Intelligence
- Special Committee on Aging
- US Army Reserves, 1965-68, US Army 1968-70
- Fire marshal 1970-72
- Florida State House of Representatives, 1972-79
- US House of Representatives, 1979-91
- Practicing attorney (after failed run for Governor), 1991-95
- Florida State Treasurer/Insurance Commissioner, 1995-2000
- Birth - September 29, 1942 in Miami, Florida
- Education - Melbourne High School in Florida, 1960. B.A. from Yale University, 1965; J.D. from University of Virginia Law School, 1968.
- Family - Married for decades to the former Grace Calvert; two adult children, Nan Ellen Nelson, an aspiring professional singer, and Bill, Jr.
- Faith - Christian, Presbyterian
The Bill Nelson Persona:
Interesting Personal Note:
"Sixty percent of our daily consumption of oil in this country is from a foreign source. Every alternative source is going to be very important to us. Within a decade, if America puts it mind to it, we could be independent of foreign oil."
"The little bit of oil that you might get out of the Gulf of Mexico...it's not worth it, what it would hurt us in our military preparedness and what it would hurt Florida's economy by messing up our pristine beaches."
"You measure success by getting Iraq to be stabilized politically and economically. And that's not going to happen with all of the terrorists and the insurgents that are now in there in the short run. It's going to take a while....We can question whether or not we went in under false pretenses. And I am certainly one that's questioning that. And we can rail about that there was no plan for the peace, which I have done that after a brilliant military campaign. But now that we're there, I don't know that we have any other choice .... what's at stake is not letting terrorism get a foothold in that part of the world that is all the more close to the United States' interests, as well as all the more close to our ally, Israel, which is very, very close. " -- January 27, 2005 in an interivew with CNN's Judy Woodruff