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Bill Nelson
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United States Senator
from Florida
Assumed office
January 3, 2001
Serving with Marco Rubio
Preceded by Connie Mack III
Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Herb Kohl
Succeeded by Susan Collins
Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal of Florida
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2001
Governor Lawton Chiles
Buddy MacKay
Jeb Bush
Preceded by Tom Gallagher
Succeeded by Tom Gallagher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1991
Preceded by Dan Mica
Succeeded by Jim Bacchus
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1983
Preceded by Louis Frey
Succeeded by Michael Bilirakis
Personal details
Clarence William Nelson II

September 29, 1942 (1942-09-29) (age 77)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Grace Cavert (1972–present)
Children Charles William
Nan Ellen
Alma mater University of Florida
Yale University
University of Virginia
Profession Lawyer
Website Senate website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1965–1968, 1970–1971 (Reserve)
1968–1970 (Active)
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Captain
Bill Nelson
NASA Payload Specialist
Nationality American
Time in space 6d 02h 03m
Missions STS-61-C
Mission insignia STS-61-c-patch.png

Clarence William "Bill" Nelson II (born September 29, 1942) is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life

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.


He serves as the senior United States Senator from Florida, in office since 2001. 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.

Personal life

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

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