Sen. Bill Nelson

Senator from Florida, Democrat

Nelson, a Democrat, is a senator from Florida and has served since Jan 3, 2001 (next election in 2018).

He was previously the representative for Florida's 11th congressional district (1983-1990); and the representative for Florida's 9th congressional district (1979-1982).

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Nelson.

Sponsorship Analysis

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)

Committee Membership

Bill Nelson sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Nelson was the primary sponsor of 21 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Nelson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (25%) International Affairs (17%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Taxation (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (10%) Environmental Protection (7%) Commerce (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Nelson’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Nelson’s Vote Vote Description
Nay On the Nomination PN36: James Richard Perry, of Texas, to be Secretary of Energy
Mar 2, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 62/37.
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Nay H.R. 1735: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Jun 18, 2015. Bill Passed 71/25.
The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 is a comprehensive defense spending bill. At almost 1,000 pages long it will direct funding for procurement, research, and operation of defense technology, establish military policy, and address other matters pertaining to national defense. It has ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay On the Nomination PN1289: Sharon Y. Bowen, of New York, to be a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for a term expiring April 13, 2018
Jun 3, 2014. Nomination Confirmed 48/46.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay H.R. 3121 (110th): Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2007
May 13, 2008. Bill Passed 92/6.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Apr 2017, Nelson missed 107 of 5,066 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is worse than the median of 1.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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