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).


2015 Report Card

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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:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Nelson sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (28%) International Affairs (14%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Taxation (11%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Commerce (8%) Environmental Protection (7%) Arts, Culture, Religion (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

From Jan 2001 to Apr 2016, Nelson missed 104 of 4,853 roll call votes, which is 2.1%. This is on par with the median of 1.6% 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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