A fifth-generation Floridian, Bill Nelson has always been an unrelenting advocate for all Floridians. He’s also become a respected moderate voice in a political time when increasing incivility in the public square makes finding bipartisan solutions all the more difficult.
A defining event in his life came in 1972, when he was first elected to public office. But it was also that same year he married the love of his life, Grace Cavert Nelson. The couple has raised two children.
Bill first began serving Floridians as a state legislator, then congressman, then state Cabinet officer, and now as their senior United States senator. He firmly believes public service is a noble calling - and that's why he's devoted his life to serving his community, his state and his country, including his six years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve.
Since being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, he has stopped oil companies from drilling in vital military training areas and off of Florida’s beaches, has been a tireless champion for restoring the Everglades and has helped revitalize the nation’s deep-space exploration program. Nelson also sponsored the law that directs fines collected from BP after the oil spill back to the Gulf Coast communities.
Now, he wants to keep fighting for Florida and for our country - fighting to create jobs, fighting to make sure America gains energy independence, fighting to protect consumers; fighting to reduce the deficit, fighting to protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare, and fighting to strengthen U.S. security.
For Bill, it's pretty simple: if you know what you're fighting for, and you're willing to reach consensus, there's nothing you can't get done.
What is your favorite book? Do you use an iPad? What is your most memorable moment? Get the answers to these fun questions and many more by visiting our "Hey Bill" page.
What are Bill's legislative goals? Learn more about what he's fighting for on our priorities page.