Read our 2018 Report Card for Nelson.
Nelson is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2019 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Nelson sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Nelson was the primary sponsor of 27 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3456 (115th): A bill to redesignate Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge as the Nathaniel P. Reed Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and for other purposes.
- S. 3525: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7521 Paula Drive in Tampa, Florida, as the “Major Andreas O’Keeffe Post Office Building”.
- S. 3207: Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act of 2018
- S. 2246: A bill to designate the health care center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tallahassee, Florida, as the Sergeant Ernest I. “Boots” Thomas VA Clinic, and for ...
- S. 396: A bill to make technical amendments to certain marine fish conservation statutes, and for other purposes.
- S. 2957 (114th): Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act
- S. 142 (114th): Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act of 2015
Does 27 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Nelson sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (27%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) International Affairs (11%) Taxation (9%) Environmental Protection (8%) Commerce (7%)
Some of Nelson’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S.Res. 660: A resolution expressing support for the designation of the week of September 23 ...
- S. 3525: A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located ...
- S. 3510: Agricultural Trade Improvement Act of 2018
- S.Res. 651: A resolution marking 1 year since the landfall of Hurricane Maria in Puerto ...
- S.Res. 641: A resolution marking 1 year since the landfall of Hurricane Maria in Puerto ...
- S. 3456 (115th): A bill to redesignate Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge as the Nathaniel ...
- S. 3409: Veterans Medical Marijuana Safe Harbor Act
From Jan 2001 to Dec 2018, Nelson missed 145 of 5,550 roll call votes, which is 2.6%. This is worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills