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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

  • District: Senior Senator from Florida
  • Residence: Orlando
  • Born: September 29, 1942; Miami, Fla.
  • Religion: Presbyterian
  • Family: Wife, Grace C. Nelson; two children
  • Education: Yale U., B.A. 1965 (political science); U. of Virginia, J.D. 1968
  • Military Service: Army Reserve 1965-71
  • Political Highlights: Fla. House, 1972-78; U.S. House, 1979-91; sought Democratic nomination for governor, 1990; Fla. treasurer and insurance commissioner, 1995-2001; U.S. Senate, 2001-present
  • Elected: Elected: 2000 (3rd term)
  • Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Airland; Emerging Threats & Capabilities; Seapower); Budget; Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology & the Internet; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard; Science & Space - Chairman); Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure; Health Care; Social Security, Pensions & Family Policy); Special Aging - Chairman
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State Information: Florida

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2012 general Bill Nelson (D) 4,523,451 55.2%
Connie Mack (R) 3,458,267 42.2%
Bill Gaylor (NPA) 126,079 1.5%
Chris Borgia (NPA) 82,089 1%
2006 general Bill Nelson (D) 2,890,548 60.3%
Katherine Harris (R) 1,826,127 38.1%
Belinda Noah (X) 24,880 0.5%
Brian Moore (I) 19,695 0.4%
Floyd Frazier (X) 16,628 0.4%
Roy Tanner (X) 15,562 0.3%
2000 general Ezell Harris (LIBERT)    
Bill Nelson (D) 2,989,487 51%
Bill McCollum (R) 2,705,348 46.2%
Willie Logan (I) 80,830 1.4%
Joe Simonetta (NL) 26,087 0.4%
Darrell McCormick (I) 21,664 0.4%
Joel Deckard (REF) 17,338 0.3%
Andy Martin (I) 15,889 0.3%
1994 general Connie Mack (R) 2,894,726 70.5%
Hugh E. Rodham (D) 1,210,412 29.5%
Ernie Mailhot (Write-In) 1,038 0%
1988 general Connie Mack (R) 2,051,071 50%
Buddy MacKay (D) 2,016,553 50%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 51.03% John McCain: 48.22%
2012 : 50.01% : 49.13%
2004 John Kerry: 47% George W. Bush: 52%
2000 Al Gore: 49% George W. Bush: 49%
1996 Bill Clinton: 48% Robert Dole: 42%
1992 Bill Clinton: 39% George H. W. Bush: 41%
1988 Michael Dukakis: 39% George H. W. Bush: 61%
1984 Walter F. Mondale: 35% :

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