Our unique analysis of the bills Nelson has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.
Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Nelson is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
Read our 2015 Report Card for Nelson for more statistics.
Bill Nelson sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
Senate Committee on Finance
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness
- Member, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
- Senate Special Committee on Aging
Nelson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (25%) International Affairs (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (8%) Commerce (8%) Taxation (8%) Environmental Protection (7%)
Some of Nelson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3418: Holocaust Insurance Accountability Act of 2016
- S. 3411: Disaster Assistance Improvement Act of 2016
- S. 3374: Fishing Equipment Tax Relief Act of 2016
- S.Res. 548: A resolution celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s ...
- S. 3219: Housing Accountability Act of 2016
- S.Con.Res. 46: A concurrent resolution expressing support for the goal of ensuring that all Holocaust ...
- S. 3099: Access for Sportfishing Act of 2016
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From Jan 2001 to Sep 2016, Nelson missed 107 of 4,939 roll call votes, which is 2.2%. This is on par with the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills