Sen. Bill Nelson

Senator from Florida, Democrat

Nelson, a Democrat, has been a senator from Florida 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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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)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Nelson for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Bill Nelson sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Nelson’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea S. 2943: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
Jun 14, 2016. Bill Passed.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Dec 2016, Nelson missed 107 of 4,944 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: